Harveshp D. Mogal, MD, MS, FACS, DABS, FSSO

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
Program Director, Regional Cancer Therapies
UW Medicine
Clinical expertise
Gastrointestinal surgical oncology, hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, soft tissue tumors, neuroendocrine tumors, melanoma, sarcoma
“I continue to be inspired by my patients' experiences and stories, the determination and hope with which they approach their treatment, and the trust they place in me as their surgeon.  ”
— Dr. Mogal
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.

Every patient I treat affects me in one way or another, but I recall one patient in particular who underwent surgery to treat an aggressive form of appendix cancer. Six months after surgery, when the patient came to see me in my office, his scans and labs indicated he was cancer-free. His wife teared up and thanked me for pursuing surgery when others would not have, for taking care of them through all the ups and downs, and for getting them to the point where they could finally enjoy an excellent quality of life. While not every story has a happy ending (such is the nature of cancer), it is moments like this that fuel my desire to continue doing what I do.

Mogal, MD
How would you describe your approach to care?

Every single day, I see patients who are filled with anxiety about the implications their cancer diagnosis will have on their present and future. One of the factors that affects outcomes the most is the quality of the relationship between patients and their care team. My relationships with patients are based on empathy, teamwork and evidence-based care. From personal experience, I know that a cancer diagnosis affects the entire family — including loved ones, who are left with the difficult task of caretaking. I strive to put myself in their shoes and walk with them as they navigate this path. I continue to be inspired by my patients' experiences and stories, the determination and hope with which they approach their treatment, and the trust they place in me as their surgeon.  

Provider background

Specialties and clinical expertise: Surgical Oncology

Gastrointestinal cancers, mesothelioma, soft tissue tumors, other cancers

I am a surgical oncologist who treats patients with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, soft tissue tumors, neuroendocrine tumors, melanoma and other diseases. During my fellowship at Wake Forest University, I developed expertise in hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). This surgical therapy is used to treat abdominal cancers that have spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum. HIPEC involves an operation to remove all visible tumors, followed by the delivery of heated chemotherapy directly inside the abdomen to destroy any remaining microscopic cancer cells.

In addition to providing care at SCCA, I conduct clinical research focusing on the outcomes of patients who undergo surgical treatment for peritoneal malignancies and sarcomas. I also serve as the director of regional cancer therapies at UW Medicine.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
D. Y. Patil Univeristy College of Medicine
Fellowship
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Complex General Surgical Oncology
Board Certification
General Surgery, 2014; Complex General Surgical Oncology, 2017, American Board of Internal Medicine
Other
MS, Clinical and Translational Science, Medical College of Wisconsin
Languages
English
Hindi
Marathi

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA 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.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team 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.
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA 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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