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The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

Leah Roess, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Teaching Associate, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
“I marry my practice of medicine with compassion, understanding and a little bit of humor. I think most of the people I care for remember me as a kind person, and that’s very important to me.”
— Leah
What do you enjoy about providing inpatient cancer care?

I love the teamwork and camaraderie of inpatient medicine, working bedside with nurses, doctors and other staff. It’s always been one of the things that drives me as a physician assistant. Every day, I feel like I make a difference, whether that’s helping someone physically or bringing them comfort. Being admitted to the hospital is scary for patients and families, regardless of the reason. It can make you feel out of control, and placing your trust in a team of people that you don’t really know isn’t easy. I marry my practice of medicine with compassion, understanding and a little bit of humor. I think most of the people I care for remember me as a kind person, and that’s very important to me. 

What personal experiences have informed your approach to care?

My mother is the strongest person I’ve ever known. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago, it was a very humbling, vulnerable time for the whole family. She’s in remission now, and when I look back on the experience, I think it made me more sensitive to what caregivers go through. Sometimes they can be forgotten in the whole process. I have always believed in a team-oriented approach to medicine, where the patient is the epicenter, but loved ones are also an important part of that team. 

Provider background

Inpatient care

I am a board-certified physician assistant with more than 15 years of experience in caring for patients across a variety of settings. Prior to joining SCCA, I worked on the bone marrow transplant service at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. My background also includes experience in emergency medicine, neuro-oncology and orthopedic surgery. Currently, I serve as one of the co-leads of SCCA’s hematology-oncology platinum service. In this role, I provide care for patients with a variety of diseases who have been admitted to UW Medical Center. 

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Wagner College
Board Certification
Physician Assistant, 2000, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
University of Nebraska Omaha
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Leah received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care multiple years in a row.


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.

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.
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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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