Jennie R. Crews, MD, MMM, FACP
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
I want to engage you as an active participant in your health care and ensure the services you receive at SCCA address your physical, spiritual and psychosocial needs.”
What do you want patients to know about you?
As an oncologist, I may be meeting you and your family for the first time during the most stressful period of your lives. The personal and professional relationships we can form are so meaningful to me, and they often last beyond the time when I’m an active member of someone’s care team. I love hearing from former patients and caregivers!
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I’ve always had a love for science and initially saw myself going into a career in basic research. But I missed interacting personally with people who are directly impacted by the advances in care that research brings. Working in cancer care gives me the opportunity to have that connection between the science and those who benefit from it. I spent over 20 years doing acute oncology care, mainly breast cancer treatment. Now, as a provider in the Survivorship Clinic, I get to focus on coaching a wide variety of patients after treatment — about topics like how to engage in wellness, how to return to their lives and make the most out of their experience, how to cope with potential late and long-term side effects of treatment and how to overcome any barriers, real or perceived, to having a healthy lifestyle.
How can we keep improving care for cancer survivors?
There is a growing number of cancer survivors in this country, which speaks to the excellent care we’ve provided to cure their disease or manage it as a long-term illness. As patients are living longer — with or without active cancer — they face a number of issues. Some of these are physical, like side effects from treatment; some are psychosocial or emotional. Having dedicated survivorship programs to focus on the needs of these patients is critical. I’d like to see greater focus on wellness and well-being. I also hope that we can use technology to engage you more in your care and enhance care delivery in the community where you live.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil
Duke University School of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center, Internal Medicine
Duke University Medical Center, Medical Oncology
Medical Oncology, 1995, 2015, American Board of Internal Medicine
Master of Medical Management, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California