Matthew J. Thompson, MD

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
UW Medicine
“I believe that patient-centered treatment of rare and aggressive cancers is best achieved through shared decision-making with the patient, the patient’s family and a team of collaborative providers.  I am dedicated to ensuring that an informed patient is able to guide their care in accordance with their unique experience and wishes.”
— Dr. Thompson
Why do you practice oncology?

Obsessive curiosity and persistence in asking ‘why?’ led me to study the sciences, but it was the unique privilege of applying this knowledge to affect positive change at its interface with the human condition that led me to become a physician.  My most influential mentors sought first to always understand the disease in the context of the person.   Orthopaedic oncology allows me to coordinate my knowledge and training across multiple disciplines into the concerted treatment of an individual patient with an often-unique disease.  The type of conditions that I treat require diligence in preparation and execution in order to ensure optimal outcomes relative to every individual circumstance.  Every patient with cancer is different and I find it especially rewarding to learn about an individual’s experiences and expectations as we navigate a difficult situation together.  I am inspired to match my patients’ resilience and optimism in my attention to the privilege of eradicating disease and restoring function. 

Provider background

Specialty: Surgery

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of Kansas, Biochemistry
Medical Degree
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Orthopedic Surgery
University of Washington, Musculoskeletal Oncology
Board Certification
Orthopedics, American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons


‘It’s like GPS in the OR.’ Guided by a 3D model of Ricardo Parker’s foot, doctors at SCCA treat his rare sarcoma and avoid amputation
‘It’s like GPS in the OR.’ Guided by a 3D model of Ricardo Parker’s foot, doctors at SCCA treat his rare sarcoma and avoid amputation

Fifteen years ago, Ricardo Parker asked his doctor about a small painless lump that was barely visible on his left foot. “It’s nothing,” the doctor told him. A few years later, noticing it was getting larger, Parker consulted a different doctor. Again, he was reassured and told there was no need to worry.


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.


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.


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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