Nikhil Kamat, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“Treating cancer goes beyond understanding the disease. The best care is based on a foundation of careful listening. I see myself not just as a clinician, but also as a guide to help patients navigate the choices and make an informed decision about their future.”
— Dr. Kamat
Have you or a loved one been affected by cancer? How did that impact your outlook on cancer or your approach to care?

I had a close uncle on my father's side who developed colon cancer. He had a lot of comorbidities that affected his care. I was just starting medical school at the time, and what was imparted to me was that he was receiving customized care for his situation. I was inspired by the fact that there are no textbook treatments; to deliver the best care, you have to tailor the treatment to the patient.

Why did you decide to specialize in your disease/treatment focus?

Over the past year and a half, I have been in the prostate cancer research group working on immunotherapies for prostate cancer. I was drawn to immunotherapy because of its power to redirect the immune system to eliminate cancer. My experience with prostate cancer led me to my current interest in genitourinary oncology. The treatment is challenging, and immunotherapy is an emerging platform that is poised to make a lot of traction as we learn more about how to treat these patients.

What's your favorite memory of working with a patient?

I had a patient who was diagnosed with an immune mediated RBC disorder. She had been through a lot of different treatments that didn't work so she'd been referred to SCCA. I noted subtle changes to the size of the patient's red blood cells over time that led me to believe that the patient was slowly losing iron through the urinary tract. This is an often forgotten pathway of iron loss, so no one had thought to recheck her iron years after her initial diagnosis. We tested for it and lo and behold, she was low on iron. Within a month, she was weaned off many medications. Watching her health improve was so satisfying.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Gastrointestinal and genitourinary oncology

Treatment of gastrointestinal and genitourinary malignancies, benign hematology.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Keck School of Medicine, USC
Residency
Stanford University, Internal Medicine
Fellowship
University of Washington Medical School, Hematology/Oncology
Board Certification, Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
Washington State Medical License
Active through 2022
Languages
English
Awards
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018
Published research

Research

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.

Publications

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.
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Medical Oncology
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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.

Insurance

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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