Sarah Psutka, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Urology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Specialty:
Urology
“My goal is to help you regain your health, independence and wellness following a cancer diagnosis.”
— Dr. Psutka
Why do you practice oncology?

I grew up helping in my father’s surgical practice, observing the challenges of illness and the joys of watching a patient heal, recover and maintain their wellness. I have always loved science, particularly the intricacies of the human body and the interactions between medicine and health. Building relationships with people from all backgrounds is part of what I love about being a physician and surgeon. I will take the time to understand your health needs and concerns, your mental strengths, your cultural and family priorities and, ultimately, what wellness looks like to you.

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What is your patient approach?

When patients hear they have cancer for the first time, they often tell me that they feel like they go from being well to unwell in the space of a few sentences. It’s a time of real vulnerability, and my job is to help you reclaim some control. I will spend a lot of time thinking about how to personalize your treatment, and I’ll partner with you to help you build support structures during your treatment and recovery. We will focus on living a healthy life and taking care of your body, so you are as strong as possible. My goal is to provide you with all the treatment options and help you make the best decisions.  

Provider background

Specialty: Urology

Urology

I am a urologic oncologist specializing in bladder, renal, testicular and prostate cancer. I provide compassionate, patient-centered care, focusing on empowering you from the point of diagnosis and treatment preparation through surgery, recovery and survivorship. My goal is to maintain clear and open communication, ensuring that you fully understand your options and make informed decisions regarding your treatment.

In addition to seeing patients, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I am also passionate about clinical research, working to improve our ability to tailor therapies based an individual patient’s needs. I enjoy combining my love of travel with medicine and have been involved in surgical education and outreach in developing countries such as Mongolia.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Harvard Medical School
Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship
Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
Board Certification
Urology, 2017, American Board of Urology
Languages
English

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.

Study ID:
NCT04496219
Acupuncture for the Treatment of Intravesical BCG-Related Adverse Events in High-Risk Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
Complete title
Acupuncture vs Standard of Care for Induction Intravesical BCG-related Adverse Events in High-Risk Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
Study ID:
NCT03055013
Nivolumab in Treating Patients With Localized Kidney Cancer Undergoing Nephrectomy
Complete title
A Phase 3 RandOmized Study Comparing PERioperative Nivolumab Vs. Observation in Patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma Undergoing Nephrectomy (PROSPER RCC)

Press

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

Helping spread kidney cancer awareness

SCCA’s Sarah Psutka, MD, spoke with the Binaytara Foundation about ongoing treatment advancements for kidney cancer.

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)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
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.