Jesse L. Roberts, MD

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
UW Medicine
Clinical expertise
Orthopedic oncology, bone and soft tissue sarcomas in pediatric and adult populations
“My greatest professional joy is partnering with patients to bring back their health and to restore their physical functioning.”
— Dr. Roberts
What do you enjoy most about your specialty?

As an orthopedic oncologist, I usually have dual goals: eliminating a patient’s cancer and then helping that person return to the highest level of functioning possible. What that means is unique to each individual. I enjoy finding out what makes life meaningful for patients and coming up with creative solutions so they can resume those activities. For example, during my fellowship I collaborated with several colleagues to treat a patient with a sarcoma in his arm. After we removed the tumor, we performed a multiple joint replacement surgery so that he could continue pursuing his two passions: fishing and painting. My greatest professional joy is partnering with patients to bring back their health and to restore their physical functioning.    

How do you approach care?

One of the reasons I chose this specialty is that I get to stand alongside patients throughout the whole process of care. I break down in understandable terms what a sarcoma diagnosis means and how we can treat it. In orthopedic oncology, there are often multiple treatment options to choose from, none of which is necessarily superior to another. By understanding your goals and what’s important to you, I can help you weigh the risks and benefits and choose the option that’s the best fit. While I can’t promise a specific outcome, I can promise that I will be there to help you face every challenge.

Provider background

Specialties and clinical expertise: Orthopedic Oncology


I am an orthopedic oncologist who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of sarcomas. This rare form of cancer affects bones and soft tissue, such as muscles and tendons. My expertise includes performing joint reconstructions and managing the musculoskeletal complications of cancer treatment. I see both children and adults, providing care at SCCA, UW Medical Center - Montlake and Seattle Children’s. 

In addition to working with patients, I am also interested in how telemedicine and advanced technology (wearable devices, for example) can be used to help people recover from surgery more quickly and thoroughly. These tools could be particularly valuable for patients who must travel long distances for care. My other research interests include exploring the role of novel technology in orthopedic surgery and understanding the factors that lead patients to choose a particular surgery when there are multiple options.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Occidental College
Medical Degree
New York Medical College
University of Colorado, Orthopedic Surgery
University of California Medical Center, Davis, Sarcoma Surgery
MS, Tufts University


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.


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.

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)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.


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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