Mary-Beth M. Percival, MD

Physician
Fred Hutch
Associate Professor, Division of Hematology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutch
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“I am part of a skilled team of nurses, nurse practitioners and other staff committed to helping you persevere through the difficult moments of cancer diagnosis and treatment.”
— Dr. Percival
What influenced your decision to pursue medicine?

I grew up in a household with two physicians; my mother is a hematologist-oncologist and my father is an endocrinologist. It sometimes seemed like my parents spoke in their own special language when they would share stories about work with one another. I was always intrigued by their conversations and longed to be a part of them. What also appealed to me was observing their dedication to their patients. I, too, wanted to be able to able to help guide people through a trying time in their lives. Once I decided to study medicine, I knew that, like my mother, I wanted to work in an academic setting like SCCA/Fred Hutch, a place where I could make contributions on multiple fronts through patient care, teaching and research. 

Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues.
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What do you think is helpful for patients to know about dealing with a challenging diagnosis?

Being diagnosed with a cancer like leukemia or a similar disease can feel like a roller coaster ride. I encourage patients and families to expect the unexpected. Setbacks may happen along the way; fevers, rashes or other symptoms may suddenly appear that necessitate a hospital stay or a shift in the treatment plan. As frustrating and unnerving as these moments can be, it’s important to put them in perspective. Frequently, these setbacks are small blips on the way toward recovery. I am part of a skilled team of nurses, nurse practitioners and other staff committed to helping you persevere through the difficult moments of cancer diagnosis and treatment. 

Nurse practitioner A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. In cancer care, a nurse practitioner may manage the primary care of patients and their families. A registered nurse who has additional education and training in how to diagnose and treat disease. Nurse practitioners are licensed at the state level and certified by national nursing organizations. In cancer care, a nurse practitioner may manage the primary care of patients and their families, based on a practice agreement with a physician. Symptom A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. A physical or mental problem that a person experiences that may indicate a disease or condition. Symptoms cannot be seen and do not show up on medical tests. Some examples of symptoms are headache, fatigue, nausea and pain. Treatment plan A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A treatment plan may also include information about how much the treatment is likely to cost and about regular follow-up care after treatment ends.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Hematologic malignancies

Leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative neoplasms

I am a board-certified hematologist-oncologist who treats patients with leukemia and disorders that affect blood-cell formation, such as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). My clinical practice spans SCCA and UW Medical Center. I enjoy the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients and provide care across both the clinic and hospital settings.  

My research is focused on developing early-phase clinical trials that test new drugs or new combinations of drugs for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). I also study the factors that affect survival and health outcomes for those with AML. 

Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Harvard University
Medical Degree
Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency
University of California, San Francisco, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
Stanford University School of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2015; Hematology, 2014; Internal Medicine, 2010, American Board of Internal Medicine
Other
MS, Stanford University School of Medicine; Internship, University of California, San Francisco
Languages
English

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch 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

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Press

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Your care team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care 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 doctor and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your doctor and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

Fred Hutch 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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