Yaw A. Nyame, MD, MS, MBA

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Member, Public Health Sciences Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Urology
“The greatest pleasure of my job is getting to know my patients: understanding what drives them, exchanging stories and learning about the impact of their disease. These personal details help me provide comprehensive, individualized care. ”
— Dr. Nyame
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.

One weekend I was doing rounds at the hospital and I checked in on one of my patients who was in his 90s. He had an advanced genitourinary cancer, which affects the male urinary and reproductive tract. His clinical journey had been a complicated one, but he was almost ready to be discharged home. That particular morning, I was trying to get myself motivated for a 13-mile run. When I shared this with him, he said, “A long run is 10 miles for me these days.” During our conversation, I discovered that my patient was a track-and-field star and a world record-holder for his age group; he longed to get back to participating in sports. Learning this remarkable fact about him helped me to understand what services would benefit him most, and I worked tirelessly to meet his needs. The greatest pleasure of my job is getting to know my patients: understanding what drives them, exchanging  stories and learning about the impact of their disease. These personal details help me provide comprehensive, individualized care. 

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What is your approach to care?

There are few dilemmas in life that are more challenging than a new cancer diagnosis. I’ve learned that the best solutions to complex problems like this leverage the power of a team-based approach. Your care team stretches beyond you, me and your family to include experts across a range of specialties. By working cooperatively, we strive to come up with patient-focused solutions that meet your goals and expectations for cancer care.

Provider background

Specialty: Urology

Prostate cancer, kidney cancer, other urologic cancers, urology care

I am a surgeon, researcher, educator and patient advocate who specializes in general urology care and urologic cancers. My expertise includes using open and minimally invasive surgical techniques for treating kidney, prostate, bladder and testicular cancers. In addition to caring for patients, I study health disparities in urologic cancers. My research focuses on the genetic differences in tumors across race and ethnicity as well as differences in how health care is accessed and delivered. I believe that we can create a healthy system that delivers excellent care to everyone, including our most vulnerable populations.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Duke University
Medical Degree
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency
Cleveland Clinic, Urology
Fellowship
University of Washington, Urologic Oncology
Other
Internship, Cleveland Clinic; MBA, Northwestern University; MHSA, George Washington University
Languages
English
Twi
Awards
2021 Beti Thompson Health Equity Research Award

Dr. Nyame received this award for his work to bridge health equity gaps in African American men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Distinguished Researchers Grant

Dr. Nyame was a 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Researchers grant from the Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) Fund. This award will support Dr. Nyame’s research into health disparities in prostate cancer care, particularly as they relate to African American men.

Caregiver Excellence Award

Dr. Nyame was the recipient of the 2015 Caregiver Excellence Award from the Cleveland Clinic.

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.

Publications

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.

Press

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

Prostate cancer: Know your risks

SCCA's Yaw Nyame, MD, authored a piece discussing risks and warning signs associated with prostate cancer. 

PSA screening in prostate cancer: The controversy continues

SCCA's Yaw Nyame, MD, MS, MBA, shared information about a New England Journal of Medicine analysis that supports a return to widespread PSA screening in prostate 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.

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