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Heidi J. Gray, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Director, Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program
UW Medicine
Affiliate Investigator
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Gynecologic Oncology
“It’s rewarding to help patients through difficult times and learn about each person’s unique perspective.”
— Dr. Gray
What do you enjoy about practicing gynecologic oncology?

Gynecologic oncology encompasses all the aspects of medicine that I love: surgery, women’s health and long-term relationships with patients. When I did my first clinical rotation in gynecologic oncology as a resident, I found that I really enjoyed taking care of people and their families, getting to know their stories, and that has continued to be true for me. It’s inspiring to see patients’ strength and to witness their loved ones rally around them. My patients also surprise me sometimes. One day, I had to talk to a patient about restarting chemotherapy. I always like to be honest about what to expect, so I told her that it meant she would lose her hair, which can be devasting for people. She brushed it off and said, “Oh, I hate my hair, but I love my face.” Her comment made me smile, and it was a reminder that everyone’s experience with cancer is different. It’s rewarding to help patients through difficult times and learn about each person’s unique perspective.

Dr. Gray
How do you like to work with patients?

I’m committed to individualizing care and providing accurate, thorough information about your diagnosis and treatment options. I want to understand what your needs are as well as how you envision your care unfolding as we move forward. A cancer diagnosis can be scary, but you don’t have to face it alone. My role is to guide you through this experience and help you make decisions, regardless of the expected outcome or the trajectory of your disease.

Provider background

Specialty: Gynecologic Oncology

Gynecologic cancers

I am a board-certified oncologist who specializes in the care of patients with gynecologic cancers. I have expertise in advanced robotic surgery, complex pelvic surgery and cancer survivorship issues, among other areas. At SCCA, I serve as the director of clinical trials for gynecologic oncology, providing care for patients who are enrolled in our studies. I am also the director of the UW Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program.

My research interests include immunotherapies (therapies that harness a patient’s own immune system) and quality improvement for surgical care. At UW Medicine, I implemented the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program for patients undergoing open surgery for gynecologic cancers. This program is a patient-centered method for standardizing post-operative care in order to speed recovery. We found that it increased patient satisfaction, shortened the length of hospital stays and reduced the need for opioid pain medication. Currently, my research efforts are focused on conducting novel clinical trials of drug therapies for patients with gynecologic cancers. My work has been funded by the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
University of California, Los Angeles
Residency
University of Washington, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fellowship
University of Pennsylvania, Gynecologic Oncology
Board Certification
Gynecologic Oncology, 2007, 2018; Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2005, 2018, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Languages
English
Awards
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Gray has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Seattle Met's annual survey multiple years in a row.

Seattle magazine's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Gray has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.

Harry J. Long Multidisciplinary Award

Dr. Gray received this award in 2020. Presented by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), the award recognizes outstanding SGO members for multidisciplinary mentorship, collegiality or teaching in the field of gynecologic oncology.

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.

Study ID:
NCT04095364
Letrozole With or Without Paclitaxel and Carboplatin in Treating Patients With Stage II-IV Ovarian or Primary Peritoneal Cancer
Complete title
A Randomized Phase III, Two-Arm Trial of Paclitaxel/Carboplatin/Maintenance Letrozole Versus Letrozole Monotherapy in Patients with Stage II-IV, Primary Low-Grade Serous Carcinoma of the Ovary or Peritoneum
Study ID:
NCT02834013
Nivolumab and Ipilimumab in Treating Patients With Rare Tumors
Complete title
DART: Dual Anti-CTLA-4 and Anti-PD-1 Blockade in Rare Tumors
Study ID:
NCT00980954
Chemotherapy and Pelvic Radiation Therapy With or Without Additional Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With High-Risk Early-Stage Cervical Cancer After Radical Hysterectomy
Complete title
Phase III Randomized Study of Concurrent Chemotherapy and Pelvic Radiation Therapy with or Without Adjuvant Chemotherapy in High-Risk Patients with Early-Stage Cervical Carcinoma Following Radical Hysterectomy

Publications

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

Press

SCCA providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this SCCA provider.

Top Doctors 2021: Gynecologic Oncology

SCCA’s Barbara A. Goff, MD and Heidi J. Gray, MD were named to Seattle Magazine’s list of Top Doctors in Seattle for 2021, recognizing their excellence in gynecologic oncology.

Society of Gynecologic Oncology 50th Anniversary: Heidi Gray, MD

SCCA's Heidi Gray, MD, discusses the Society of Gynecologic Oncology's efforts toward expansion and inclusion of diverse health care providers. 

Watch SGO Video

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)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care 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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