Teresa S. Kim, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
It is our opportunity and duty as cancer doctors to listen, act and bear witness with skill and compassion.”
Why did you choose oncology?
As a child, I watched one of my family members battle and ultimately pass away from throat cancer. Decades later, I am still moved by his and others’ suffering, humbled by the power of medicine and surgery, captivated by cancer biology and committed to a career that integrates these into one. I am grateful for the tremendous privilege we are given as cancer doctors to serve people facing life-threatening illness.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am a surgical oncologist and UW assistant professor of surgery with expertise in the surgical management of sarcomas, skin and other soft tissue and gastrointestinal cancers. I am also a scientist who studies tumors to look for new potential treatment targets. My research interests include translational research and sarcoma and gastrointestinal tumor immunology. I am particularly interested in the body’s immune response to different subtypes of sarcoma and new treatment approaches that combine standard therapies — such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy — with novel treatments, such as immunotherapy. I’m part of the multidisciplinary team of experts that comes together to provide outstanding, individualized care for you. Top cancer care starts with an expert team equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and skills, sound judgment and 100 percent commitment to you. At SCCA, we work together as a team to provide you with the best quality care.
What’s your approach to care?
I work and live by the core values of excellence and compassion, every day. My specific role as your cancer surgeon is to counsel you and your family about your diagnosis, help you navigate challenging treatment decisions and use my technical expertise to help achieve the best possible outcomes.
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital, General Surgery
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, General Surgery
Complex General Surgical Oncology, 2018; General Surgery, 2016, American Board of Surgery