Jason Lukas, MD, PhD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Medical oncology, hematology-oncology, internal medicine, immunotherapy and cancer vaccines
No matter the circumstances, I want you to feel like you're the captain of your ship.”
Why do you practice oncology?
Caring for others has been my passion since grade school, when I would nurse animals like baby squirrels back to health. In graduate school, I researched the genetic roots of cancer, which helped point me toward the field of oncology, but my lightbulb moment happened as I watched my aunt go through lung cancer. Her medical care was really impersonal, and I believed that I could do better. I felt that I could bring a different element to cancer care, giving patients a warm, comforting experience no matter their diagnosis or expected outcome.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am the medical director of SCCA Issaquah and a board-certified medical oncologist with more than 17 years of experience in cancer care. Prior to joining SCCA, I served as the director of hematology-oncology research at The Everett Clinic and was on active duty in the U.S. Navy. In addition to caring for patients with a variety of cancers, I lead clinical trials to advance our understanding of how to best treat breast cancer and lung cancer. My expertise extends to immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, and the development of cancer vaccines.
How do you help patients?
People often come in feeling perplexed about their illness and out of control. Many have abandoned all hope. I see myself as a navigator; it’s my job to chart the most state-of-the-art treatment course for you, and — given my experience and knowledge about the medications currently out there and in the pipeline — it’s also my job to give you back hope. From personal experience, I’ve learned a lot about how physicians should relate to patients and family members. Every consultation with you is a privilege; I strive to make cancer treatment the most healing process it can be for everyone involved.
University of California, Berkeley
Drexel University College of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine, Internal Medicine
University of San Francisco, Hematology-Oncology
Oncology, 2010; Internal Medicine, 2005, American Board of Internal Medicine
PhD, University of Southern California