Jim Boonyaratanakornkit, MD, PhD

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Acting Assistant Professor, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
University of Washington School of Medicine
Associate in VIDD, Vaccine in Infectious Disease Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Infectious Disease
“The most important thing I can provide a patient is the sense that they matter.”
— Dr. Boonyaratanakornkit
What type of research do you conduct?

I’m involved in research on respiratory viruses. Respiratory viruses, such as the common cold, can take a toll on our cancer patients, especially our transplant patients whose immune systems are not working properly. My goal is to develop new vaccines and treatments for these viruses in our cancer patients, so that we have other treatments to offer if our patients get sick. When a patient does get sick from a virus or infection, I make sure to discuss options with the patient’s medical oncologist or hematologist, and as a team, we determine the best treatment option for the patient.

Getting to know my patients

Every fourth Sunday, I volunteer at SCCA House. Because we see patients from all over the country, many patients and their families don’t have homes in Seattle, so we offer housing for them while they are in treatment. I volunteer, because it’s important to help patients feel at home as much as possible, no matter where they are from. I serve brunch at SCCA House and it’s great to sit down with the patients and their families and get to know them outside of the hospital, outside of their disease. I really enjoy connecting with them on a more personal level and sharing a meal together.

Provider background

Specialty: Infectious Disease

Infectious disease

It was always really fascinating to me that we have an army of cells in our bodies that are dedicated to fighting off infection. In certain diseases like cancer, that army isn't working properly and needs some help. Now we have the arsenal: antibiotics, new immunotherapies and antivirals that can help patients get through a difficult time in their life.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of California, Berkeley
Medical Degree
University of California, San Francisco
Stanford University Medical Center, Internal Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Board Certification
Infectious Disease, 2017; Internal Medicine, 2014, American Board of Internal Medicine
PhD, Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Maryland
RSV Vaccines for the World Travel Award
Joel Meyers Endowment from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


“Jim Boonyaratanakornkit is smart, thoughtful, humble, dedicated to his patients, compassionate and provides outstanding care. He is also one of the nicest people on the planet, and therefore he is great to have on your team.”
— David N. Fredricks, MD


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.
Leah H. Yoke, MCHS, PA-C
Leah H. Yoke, MCHS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Pooja  Bhattacharyya, PA-C
Pooja Bhattacharyya, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
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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