Matthew Triplette, MD, MPH
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Lung cancer early detection, pulmonary medicine
I believe that the safe, complex and state-of-the-art care that our patients deserve is most effectively delivered through a team-based approach. 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.”
Why do you practice oncology?
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.