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The Top Doctor award is a peer-nominated award for providers who give exceptional care.

Sarah J. Atkinson, MD

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
UW Medicine

Provider background

Specialty: Surgery

Area of clinical practice

Colorectal cancers

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Tulane University
Medical Degree
University of Illinois
University of Toronto, Colon and Rectal Surgery
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors award

Dr. Atkinson received this peer-nominated award for her exceptional patient care multiple years in a row.


Meet SCCA’s colorectal surgical team

SCCA’s all-female colorectal surgery team pioneers a multi-disciplinary approach: Drs. Mukta Krane, Sarah Atkinson, Michelle Cowan and Joy Chen.


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.


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.


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

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.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.


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.