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

Stacey A. Cohen, MD

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Associate Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
UW Medicine
Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Medical Oncology
“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.”
— Dr. Cohen
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.

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.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Gastrointestinal oncology

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.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Brandeis University
Medical Degree
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Medical Center
University of Washington, Oncology Fellowship Program
Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2015; Internal Medicine, 2011, American Board of Internal Medicine
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors award

Dr. Cohen has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award.


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:
Study of Tepotinib Combined With Cetuximab in Participants With Left-Sided RAS/BRAF Wild Type Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (PERSPECTIVE)
Complete title
A Phase II single-arm study to investigate tepotinib combined with cetuximab in RAS/BRAF wild-type left-sided metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients having acquired resistance to anti-EGFR antibody targeting therapy due to MET amplification
Study ID:
Complete title
Evaluation of the Incidence and Clinical Outcomes of Microscopic Peritoneal Disease in Early-Stage Colorectal Cancer
Study ID:
Oral Cryotherapy Plus Acupressure and Acupuncture Versus Oral Cryotherapy for Decreasing Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy From Oxaliplatin-Based Chemotherapy in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancer
Complete title
Pilot Study of Oral Cryotherapy vs. Oral Cryotherapy Plus Acupuncture and Acupressure to Decrease Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy from Oxaliplatin-Based Chemotherapy for GI cancers


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.

Dr. Cohen on the Importance of Patient Selection for HIPEC Surgery in CRC

SCCA’s Stacey Cohen, MD was interviewed by OncLive about the importance of patient selection for cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC in colorectal cancer.

Dr. Cohen on Tailoring Treatment to Individual Subtypes in CRC

SCCA’s Stacey Cohen, MD spoke with OncLive about tailoring colorectal cancer treatments for individual subtypes.

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.
Team coordinator (TC)
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team 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.

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