Dr. Cranmer is the Director of Sarcoma Medical Oncology and treats patients with sarcoma, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers.
I believe in a team-based approach to cancer care, with patients at the center of the team. Patients are also critical partners in our research efforts. If we hope to improve cancer care, it will only be by working together.
Sarcoma, melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, immunotherapy of cancer and brain metastases.
- Associate Professor, UW School of Medicine
- Associate Member, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
- Director, Sarcoma Medical Oncology, Fred Hutch/UW
- BA: Harvard University
- MD: University of California, San Diego
- PhD: University of California, San Diego
- MSc: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
- MPH: University of Arizona
- Internal Medicine Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
- Medical Oncology Fellowship: University of Arizona Cancer Center
Languages: English and Spanish
Several mentors and role models in Dr. Cranmer's life were physicians and he always knew he wanted to work in a field where his efforts would directly impact improving the world. Thus, a career in medicine seemed like the right choice and Dr. Cranmer says he has not been disappointed.
While a medical resident at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Cranmer spent time working in the cancer ward. He realized there were unmet needs in this field and wanted to continue working with cancer patients.
"The clinic is my laboratory, with my patients partnering in our work to improve cancer care, and also being the beneficiaries of our work," Dr. Cranmer says. "Although most research discoveries lead to incremental improvements, I have been honored to participate in research that has been, quite literally, breakthrough in its impact: immunotherapy of cancer."
Dr. Cranmer believes the widespread use of immunotherapy for cancer management will provide a means to treate the disease more effectively and even prevent it in some cases.
"I anticipate this to be the focus of the remainder of my career," he says.
When Dr. Cranmer isn't seeing patients, he is spending time with his family, sailing, cooking, brewing beer and repairing old Mercedes Benzes. He also enjoy surfing, but admits that it's a hard pasttime to keep in Seattle.