Matthew Triplette, MD, MPH
Working in healthcare allows me to pursue a passion for science and discovery to improve overall population health for the future while also developing individual therapeutic relationships to help patients and families deal with disease with the best technology of today. Cancer patients and their families show the best of humanity. Their ability to face their illnesses with courage and dignity constantly inspires me. My primary research is to better understand how best to utilize lung cancer screening to save the most lives and make this an effective service for eligible patients. I also study lung disease and lung cancer in immune-suppressed patients, such as persons living with HIV, to understand unique risk factors in these populations. In the realm of lung cancer where we diagnose most cancers in advanced and incurable stages, I hope improvements in screening and detection lead to more early diagnoses and improved survival. Outside of work, I love spending time outdoors in and around Seattle. I enjoy hiking, biking, running and skiing. I love to travel (particularly for the food!) I also enjoy hanging out with my family and my pets.
High risk prevention, thoracic cancers
When I care for patients in the intensive care unit and in pulmonary clinics at the University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, I am continuously amazed by our nurses, housestaff, advanced practice providers, technicians and other staff members who work together to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for our patients. My goal is to provide leadership in patient care worthy of their efforts.
Nina McEachem picked up smoking as a teen living in Ketchikan, Alaska. She had entered foster care at age 11 after her mother died of leukemia and her father, a school janitor, was overwhelmed caring for five children. In her community—McEachem has both Alaska Native and Aleutian heritage—most people that she knew smoked. Her father was a heavy smoker and experienced a heart attack when McEachem was 19; before that, she said she and her eighth-grade friends smoked behind the school.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and highly treatable when caught early. But less than 15% of people at high risk for lung cancer receive potentially life-saving screening.
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