Lindsay Hannan, MD, MSPH

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Physician
UW Medicine
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“I want to help you live your life during treatment. If you can’t pursue the activities that bring you meaning and joy, then I’m not really doing my job.”
— Dr. Hannan
What drew you to the field of oncology?

My first real exposure to the impact of cancer happened when I was working as an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society. I was analyzing data sets of patients with cancer when I realized that wasn’t enough for me; I wanted to learn how to take care of people, rather than just research how to prevent or control disease. What further propelled me toward making this career change was witnessing a few coworkers go through cancer treatment and seeing the toll it took on them and their families. It’s hard to appreciate what a cancer diagnosis really means — the fundamental unfairness of it — until you or someone close to you is affected. Now, as an oncologist, what I love about this field is getting to know patients and being a source of support and expertise for them over time. 

What do you want patients to know about working with you?

I tether my care to what your values are as an individual and also what’s important to your family as a whole. My approach to care is defined by a blend of compassion and pragmatism; I want to help you live your life during treatment. If you can’t pursue the activities that bring you meaning and joy, then I’m not really doing my job. 

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Gastrointestinal cancers

I am a board-certified medical oncologist who treats patients with cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. These malignancies can affect a variety of organs, such as the esophagus, liver and pancreas. I also provide care for those with neuroendocrine tumors, a rare form of cancer in cells that produce hormones and interact with the nervous system. Prior to becoming an oncologist at SCCA, I spent five years working in public health. 

My research interests include improving health outcomes and the utilization of resources. While completing a fellowship at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, I developed search tools to improve the way we organize and interpret clinical data. This data can answer important questions about the diagnosis and progression of disease, ultimately helping us tailor our approach to treatment. 

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Georgetown University
Medical Degree
Georgetown University
Residency
Emory University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Board Certification
Internal Medicine, 2016, American Board of Internal Medicine
Other
MSPH, Emory University School of Public Health
Languages
English

Research

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.

Publications

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)
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.

Insurance

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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