Heidi J. Gray, MD
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.
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.
Specialties and clinical expertise: Gynecologic Oncology
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.
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.
Dr. Gray has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Seattle magazine's annual survey.
Dr. Gray has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Seattle Met's annual survey.
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SCCA's Heidi Gray, MD, discusses the Society of Gynecologic Oncology's efforts toward expansion and inclusion of diverse health care providers.
SCCA's Heidi Gray, MD, discusses a new treatment for ovarian cancer and her passion for improving cancer care.
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