Mukta K Krane, MD, FACS
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Colon cancer, rectal cancer, anal cancer, minimally invasive colorectal cancer surgery
I believe cancer care should be personalized, combining your goals and beliefs with the latest evidence-based medicine, always with a focus on your quality of life.”
What made you choose oncology?
My first exposure to cancer was watching a friend battle leukemia at the age of five. I was amazed by the grace and strength with which she faced it. As I went through my surgical training, I often thought of her, realizing I wanted to help patients navigate all stages of their cancer treatment — from diagnosis to survivorship. I feel that the trust patients bestow on their care team, and in particular their surgeon, is an honor. I became a doctor because I was drawn to the opportunity to use my abilities to help patients and their loved ones overcome medical challenges.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am a board-certified surgeon who specializes in the treatment of colon, rectal and anal cancers as well as inflammatory bowel disease. My clinical expertise includes using minimally invasive surgical techniques. In addition to caring for patients at SCCA, I serve as the chief of colorectal surgery at UW Medicine. As a member of multiple surgical associations, I participate on several committees for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.
What is your vision for cancer prevention, care and treatment?
I believe cancer care should be personalized, combining your goals and beliefs with the latest evidence-based medicine, always with a focus on your quality of life. Prevention and early detection, particularly when it comes to colon cancer, are really important. I would like to see increased awareness of this disease — because it’s often quite advanced before people even realize they have it — and greater access to colonoscopies, a procedure that screens for it. As a surgeon, I also hope that we, as a field, will continue to improve the surgical treatment of colon and anal cancers through the use of minimally invasive techniques.
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, General Surgery
Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Colon & Rectal Surgery, 2012; Surgery, 2010, American Board of Surgery
Internship, University of Chicago Hospitals, General Surgery; Teaching Appointment, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 2014