Veena Shankaran, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
I believe in providing you and your family with the resources to navigate your illness and treatment course with self-assurance and dignity.”
Why do you focus on treating gastrointestinal (GI) cancers?
I am a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in GI malignancies. My primary clinical interest is in cancers of the stomach and esophagus; however, I care for patients with a variety of tumors affecting the digestive system. At SCCA, I am also working with colleagues to increase access to novel treatment options by expanding the GI cancer clinical trial program.
In addition to working with patients, I am the co-director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research. Based at Fred Hutch, this research institute studies health care economics and policy. My research focuses on the out-of-pocket costs that patients with GI cancers experience as well as the cost-effectiveness of cancer therapy; I study how to deliver great care without wasting resources. As a national leader in financial toxicity research, I currently lead the largest prospective cooperative group study to assess financial outcomes for patients with cancer through the SWOG Cancer Research Network. In addition, I serve on SWOG’s Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee.
What’s it like working with you?
University of Michigan School of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2009
Medical Oncology, 2009, American Board of Internal Medicine
Internship, University of Michigan, Internal Medicine, 2003; Teaching appointment, Northwestern University Medical School, 2006