Isaac C. Stein, MD

Physician
Fred Hutch
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Plastic Surgery
University of Washington Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
Specialty:
Surgery
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“My approach to care is collaborative. I do everything I can to help patients understand the situation and that we’re facing it together. I focus on what I can offer them, and I take pride in the final result that the patient will live with for the rest of their life. In the end, I want to make the patient feel comfortable in their own skin, to have them feel that I’ve given them back a piece of themselves that was taken by cancer or disease. My goal is for them to return to thinking about their family, job or hobbies, having forgotten about the surgery they had because it blends into the background of their life. I want to have 100 percent of their trust that I’m going to do everything I can to get them to their goal. ”
— Isaac C. Stein, MD
Why did you decide to specialize in plastic and reconstructive surgery?

I was drawn to plastic and reconstructive surgeries because I had an interest in a hands-on, procedural approach to surgery. Plastic surgeons are able to be creative, tailoring our work to our patients’ needs. ​Other surgical specialties allow for less creativity as there is often only one correct method or technique for completing an operation. Breast reconstruction is a more collaborative decision-making process with the patient, rather than following a set of rules and instructions. We can give patients options so that they can choose what’s best for them.

Of all the cancer treatment centers, why should a patient trust SCCA and your team with their care?

​All SCCA providers, from nurses to APPs to physicians, are here for the right reason; we’re interested in being part of a team that delivers exceptional patient care. I have seen countless examples of providers going above and beyond for their patients because they truly care. My colleagues and I strive for the highest quality patient experience and I think that shows from the moment a patient begins their journey at SCCA.

What's your favorite part of what you do?

It’s lovely when you can feel the change from when you first met to when you’re nearing the end of your patient-physician relationship, and you can tell that they’re in a very different place mentally and emotionally than they were before.

Provider background

Specialty: Surgery

Plastic surgery

I am a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in cancer reconstruction with a specific focus on breast reconstruction. I also perform reconstruction for other forms of cancer (skin cancers, sarcomas, pelvic and colorectal cancers), general reconstructive plastic surgery and aesthetic surgery of the body and breast. My role as a plastic surgeon is to solve unique challenges with creative solutions, often in conjunction with colleagues in other specialties. My research interests include improving patients’ clinical outcomes in reconstructive surgery and quality improvement within our healthcare system

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Washington University
Medical Degree
University of Michigan Medical School
Residency
University of Washington, Plastic Surgery
Languages
English

Research

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.

Publications

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.
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Registered nurse (RN)
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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.

Insurance

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.