Stacey A. Cohen, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
I approach each patient as an individual, tailoring my treatment recommendations to meet your goals and helping you with decisions by understanding your values and preferences.”
What’s the focus of your research?
My work focuses on the influence of genetics on high-risk gastrointestinal cancers and cancer treatment. I became motivated to participate in research after learning of the number of younger people diagnosed with cancer every year. I’d like to improve screening and early-detection methods, improve recognition of familial cancers and better understand cancers in people diagnosed at an early age. These things take time, but I expect doctors will soon be using much more advanced diagnostic techniques to better select treatments for individual patients, and I hope this will lead to more benefit and fewer side effects from each treatment given.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
As a medical oncologist who specializes in treating people with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers at SCCA, my areas of expertise include colorectal, pancreatic and anal cancers, early onset cancers and hereditary cancers. I’m also a UW assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology.
What’s your approach to patient care?
Being in oncology gives me a chance to establish deep and long-term relationships with my patients. I consider it an honor to be a part of your life at such a difficult and impactful time. My aim is to always treat you with respect and compassion, maintaining an open and honest relationship. As your physician, I appreciate the opportunity to both teach and learn from you as we work together to navigate difficult decisions. I learn so much from my patients, and it motivates me to continue in this field.
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Medical Center
University of Washington, Oncology Fellowship Program
Medical Oncology, 2014; Internal Medicine, 2011, American Board of Internal Medicine