Nicole K. Zern, MD, FACS
I was raised in a very altruistic family. My mother is a social worker, and my father is a police officer, so I always knew that I wanted a career in which I could also serve others. As a surgeon I am able to help many people each year understand their disease, go through treatment and get back to living their lives. Not only do I help my patients, you in turn teach me. I am inspired by the strength and determination exhibited by people with cancer and truly enjoy being able to care for you through this time. I hope that in my lifetime, significant advances will be made in identifying the cause of cancer in each individual. This may include analysis of individuals’ genetics or identification of an environmental cause such as a virus. Once a cause is identified, we can work towards preventative measures.
Whitney Wynn had experienced strange symptoms for years, but her primary care physicians didn’t suspect cancer. Her recurrent yeast infections were dismissed as “just women’s problems” although they were later attributed to the high levels of cortisol being secreted by her tumor.
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.
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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.