Ryan C. Lynch, MD

Physician
Fred Hutch
Assistant Professor
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutch
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“It’s an honor to help guide patients through their medical problems.”
— Dr. Lynch
Why do you practice oncology?

Before I started medical school, I had the opportunity to work in a research lab that studied the development of blood vessels in tumors. Many of the lab’s ongoing projects were being translated into novel therapeutics. Becoming an oncologist was a way I could help bring those therapies to patients. As my training progressed, I worked in oncology clinics and witnessed the translation from bench to bedside firsthand. That experience inspired me to work directly with patients while also exploring novel treatments for lymphomas and chronic lymphocytic leukemia through clinical trials. 

Oncologist A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment, such as treating cancer with radiation. A physician who has special training in diagnosing and treating cancer. Some oncologists specialize in a particular type of cancer treatment. For example, a radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancer with radiation.
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What is your approach to care and treatment?

Every person handles their cancer diagnosis differently; it can set off a wide range of feelings and life changes that are unique to each individual. I enjoy connecting with patients and families, learning about your goals for care, your hopes, your plans for the future and your concerns. It is my job to help you understand and feel comfortable with your treatment plan, whether you’re receiving a standard therapy, choosing a novel approach or participating in a clinical trial

Clinical trial A type of research study that tests how well new medical approaches work in people. These studies test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease. Standard care A treatment or other intervention currently being used and considered to be of proven effectiveness based on past studies. Treatment plan A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A treatment plan may also include information about how much the treatment is likely to cost and about regular follow-up care after treatment ends.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Hematologic malignancies

Lymphomas, chronic lymphocytic leukemia

I am a board-certified hematologist-oncologist who specializes in caring for patients with lymphomas and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). I am also involved in clinical research for these diseases. While many excellent therapies are available for CLL and lymphomas, they don’t work for every patient. I conduct clinical trials to optimize treatments and bring novel therapeutic agents to the clinic.  

Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Harvard University
Medical Degree
Boston University School of Medicine
Residency
Washington University, Saint Louis
Fellowship
Stanford University, Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2017; Hematology, 2017; Internal Medicine, 2013, American Board of Internal Medicine
Languages
English
Spanish

Stories

Cyclist Chooses Proton Therapy to Treat Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Cyclist Chooses Proton Therapy to Treat Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

About two weeks before Harvey turned 73, he discovered a lump over his left collarbone. “It just showed up when I looked in the mirror,” he says. He went to get it checked out by his doctor, and although a sonogram did show the lump, a needle biopsy didn’t reveal anything unusual. That didn’t seem right, so his doctor sent Harvey in for a computer tomography (CT) scan, which would be better able to scan the lump.

SCCA, Fred Hutch, and University of Washington Medicine Take the Spotlight at the American Society of Hematology’s 63rd Annual Meeting
SCCA, Fred Hutch, and University of Washington Medicine Take the Spotlight at the American Society of Hematology’s 63rd Annual Meeting

Learn about the latest innovations in hematologic oncology.

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch 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.

Study ID:
NCT05169658
Mosunetuzumab With or Without Polatuzumab Vedotin and Obinutuzumab for the Treatment of Untreated Indolent B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Complete title
A Pilot Study of Subcutaneous Mosunetuzumab with or without Polatuzumab Vedotin and Obinutuzumab for Untreated Indolent B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Publications

Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

Press

Our providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this Fred Hutch provider.

Your care team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care 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.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your doctor and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your doctor and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

Fred Hutch 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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