Hanna Hunter, MD

Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Medicine
Fred Hutch
Assistant Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine
Medical Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Medicine
UW Medical Center
Rehabilitation Medicine
“ In cancer rehabilitation, we try to understand how a cancer diagnosis affects your ability to function in your life. These changes affect things like being able to work, caring for your family and returning to the activities that are most meaningful to you. I was attracted to this field of medicine because we can address aspects of a person’s life beyond the disease process to help patients live their life to the fullest.”
— Dr. Hunter
How would you describe your approach to care?

It’s very collaborative. My role is to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries and mobility impairments that can occur during cancer treatment. I partner with oncologists to help patients maintain and regain their strength, but I don’t do this alone. I work alongside physical, occupational, speech and lymphedema therapists. We keep your individual goals in mind as we create exercise and therapy programs. 

Lymphedema A condition in which extra lymph fluid builds up in tissues and causes swelling. It may occur in an arm or leg if lymph vessels are blocked, damaged or removed by surgery.
Hannah Oh
Of all the cancer treatment centers, why should a patient trust Fred Hutch and your team with their care?

Fred Hutch understands that cancer treatment is about supporting patients throughout their cancer journey. Fred Hutch takes on that responsibility; they own it. Our patients have a comprehensive supportive care team that understands the challenges that come with cancer – during and after treatment. In addition to rehabilitation services, it can include pain management, integrative medicine, psychiatry, nutrition, palliative care, etc.  We work to get patients back to what’s important to them.

Integrative medicine Combines conventional (standard) medical treatment with complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies that have been shown to be safe and to work. CAM therapies treat the mind, body and spirit.

Provider background

Specialty: Rehabilitation Medicine

Education, experience and certifications
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Fellowship, Cancer Rehabilitation
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Residency, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
New York Presbyterian Hospital; Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medicine
Atlantic Health System, Morristown Medical Center
Medical Degree
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School


At SCCA, a new physician helps patients cope with cancer’s side effects
At SCCA, a new physician helps patients cope with cancer’s side effects

After surviving four cancers in 18 years, Angela Kulp is no stranger to the side effects of cancer treatment, including nerve damage that requires her to use a leg brace and a cane. Her many health care team members were at a loss as to how to contend with the ways her body had been impacted by cancer treatment after her oncologists had done their job: she had survived two melanomas and two lymphomas and weathered a CAR T-cell treatment that had re-engineered her body’s own cells then reinfused them into her body to fight her disease. 


Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.


Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

Your care team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Nicole  Bates, MD
Nicole Bates, MD
Heather  Greenlee, ND, PhD
Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your doctor and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your doctor and serves as your scheduler.


Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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