Ragisha Gopalakrishnan, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Medical oncology, hematology, breast and thoracic cancers
The greatest rewards of my profession are witnessing my patients’ resilience and seeing the joy on their faces after they complete treatment.”
How has cancer affected you personally?
My family and I lost my aunt to T-cell leukemia when I was nine years old. She was a pillar of strength and she was personally responsible for my journey into medicine. Her loss had a profound effect on my family and served as the impetus for my decision to become a medical oncologist. My aunt’s experience helped me realize how terrifying and isolating a cancer diagnosis can be. From the initial diagnosis to the completion of treatment, I have learned how important it is for patients to have an ongoing support system. However, the impact of a malignancy does not stop when treatment is finished. There may be long-term side effects, both physical and emotional, and it is important to have a good support system even after treatment. I became an oncologist so that I could be a part of that network of support and help my patients through one of the most challenging times of their lives.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am a hematologist-oncologist who provides care at SCCA at UW Medical Center-Northwest. I work with patients who have a wide variety of cancer diagnoses as well as benign and malignant disorders. Prior to joining SCCA, I provided medical oncology care in a private practice setting. I completed my hematology-oncology fellowship at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee. I also had the privilege of being recognized as an Outstanding Fellow by the Tennessee Oncology Practice Society in 2018 and 2019.
What’s it like to work with you?
I believe that cancer care requires a multifaceted approach involving the expertise of a variety of specialists. I also believe that the best outcomes are a result of close collaboration between us, as your care team, and you and your loved ones. My philosophy is to provide evidence-based care that is tailored to your needs and goals as an individual. Patients come first. The greatest rewards of my profession are witnessing my patients’ resilience and seeing the joy on their faces after they complete treatment.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Albany Medical College
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Medical Oncology 2019; Internal Medicine, 2016, American Board of Internal Medicine