Katie R. Russell, ARNP
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
I hope to optimize disease management to allow patients to manage their illnesses in the outpatient setting.”
Why do you practice oncology?
One of my aunts worked as a nurse practitioner at Health Care for the Homeless in Detroit when I was growing up. I would go to the clinic with her and met patients who struggled to get access to health care. They were so appreciative of the clinic's work and I was inspired to follow in her footsteps. I typically care for benign hematology patients. This is different from cancer patients in that it’s typically a life-long illness. I enjoy the long-term relationships that I am able to develop with my patients. For the future, I am very hopeful for the evolution of cancer treatment. I hope we develop treatments that will not only manage illness, but also minimize toxicities. I also am excited to see the post treatment survivorship management evolve. Outside of work, I have a 10-year-old daughter who I spend most of my free time with. We enjoy riding horses and paddle boarding together.