Masumi Ueda, MD

Physician, Assistant Medical Director for Inpatient BMT
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“My goal is to make a shared decision in situations that are often difficult.”
— Dr. Ueda
What drew you to oncology?

Medicine is a unique field where science and the humanities intersect. During one summer in college, I worked in a clinic in Cleveland and I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet people, hear their stories and try to help them. My decision to go into cancer care was influenced by a mentor I had in medical school who gave a lecture on cancer biology and the development of imatinib, one of the first targeted drug therapies for cancer. Later, I had the opportunity to follow this same professor in an outpatient clinic, where I experienced the privilege of helping patients facing this disease. From that moment on, I never considered any other specialty.

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What’s it like to work with you?

Treatment is a highly individualized pursuit on multiple levels, from the molecular to the humanistic; it should cater to your biology, unique situation, beliefs and life experiences. I strive to get to know who you are, educate you about your disease and treatment options and provide as much guidance as possible. I’m hopeful about the future of blood and bone marrow transplantation. While not every person is a good candidate for these procedures, we are constantly working to innovate new approaches and improve outcomes so that one day we can provide a cure for every patient.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes

My clinical expertise is centered on providing blood and marrow transplantation for patients with leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes, both cancers that affect blood-forming cells. I also treat post-transplant complications, such as graft-versus-host disease in the Long-Term Follow-Up (LTFU) clinic. Outside the clinic, I conduct research focused on the prevention of complications after transplantation, such as graft-versus-host disease and disease relapse.

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Case Western Reserve University
Medical Degree
Case Western Reserve University
Residency
University of Washington, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Hematology (Int Med), 2016; Internal Medicine, 2013, American Board of Internal Medicine
Languages
English
Japanese

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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