Immunotherapy

Care team

Patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) are taken care of by doctors, advanced practice providers, and registered nurses who specialize in immunotherapy and are among the best in the nation. Through SCCA, you have access to the latest therapies and treatments. Our team of doctors, advanced practice providers and specialists meets regularly to discuss each patient’s treatment options.

What each team member does

Advanced practice provider (APP)

These health care professionals work closely with your medical oncologist in the clinic. There are two types: physician assistants (PAs) and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). They help provide and coordinate your treatment and can see you independently from your physician. They also help manage the effects of your disease and treatment.

Hematologist-oncologist

This physician oversees your medicine-based treatments. Most people begin treatment by getting chemotherapy. Some people get targeted therapy or immunotherapy. If watchful waiting is right for you, you see this doctor on a regular schedule to check your health and, if needed, start treatment.

Your hematologist-oncologist:

  • Sees you during your first visit. They evaluate you and order any tests you need to diagnose or stage your disease.
  • Explains what your diagnosis and stage mean, and answers your questions.
  • Recommends medicine-based treatments to match your specific case. They select the medicines, doses, schedule and sequence. They also talk with you about the benefits and risks.
  • Sees you on a regular schedule to check how your cancer responds to treatment and how you are overall.
  • Offers you ways to prevent, relieve and cope with side effects of treatment — like medicine to help with nausea.
  • Coordinates with the rest of your care team if you need other types of treatment.
Infusion nurse

You receive any infusions in a dedicated area of the clinic. Cancer nurses who specialize in infusions give these treatments. They also check you during each infusion. They respond to any medical issues that come up and help keep you comfortable.

Medical oncologist

This physician oversees your medicine-based treatments. Most people receive chemotherapy. Some people get targeted therapy or immunotherapy. If watchful waiting is right for you, you see this doctor on a regular schedule to check your health and, if needed, start treatment.

 Your medical oncologist:

  • Sees you during your first visit. They evaluate you and order any tests you need to diagnose or stage your disease.
  • Explains what your diagnosis and stage mean, and answers your questions.
  • Recommends medicine-based treatments to match your specific case. They select the medicines, doses, schedule and sequence. They also talk with you about the benefits and risks.
  • Sees you on a regular schedule to check how your cancer responds to treatment and how you are overall.
  • Offers you ways to prevent, relieve and cope with side effects of treatment — like medicine to help with nausea.
  • Coordinates with the rest of your care team if you need other types of treatment.
Registered nurse (RN)

Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician.. They also assist with procedures and treatments. Nurses are resources for you and your caregiver. They answer questions and help with a wide range of topics, like how to cope with side effects or get other services you need at SCCA.

Supportive care services

Many types of supportive care team members are here to help you and your family. They include dietitians, physical therapists, pain medicine specialists, psychologists, social workers, spiritual health staff, palliative care specialists, a naturopath and an acupuncturist.

Supportive care services

Team coordinator

Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician. They serve as your scheduler.

Find provider profiles

Meet the caring, dedicated people who take care of you and your family at SCCA.

Frederick R. Appelbaum, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Merav Bar, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, cellular immunotherapy, long-term follow-up
Shailender Bhatia, MD
Physician
Skin, Renal
Marie E. Bleakley, MD, PhD, MMSC
Physician
Pediatric bone marrow transplantation, myeloid malignancies, cellular immunotherapy, HLA typing
Paul A. Carpenter, MBBS
Physician
Pediatric bone marrow transplantation, long-term follow-up, graft-versus-host disease
Ryan D. Cassaday, MD
Physician
Cellular immunotherapy, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Andrew Coveler, MD
Physician
Gastrointestinal oncology
Elihu H. Estey, MD
Physician
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL)
Jordan Gauthier, MD, MSc
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, cellular immunotherapy
George E. Georges, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, autoimmune disease
Ajay K. Gopal, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, b cell malignancies, lymphoma, radioimmunotherapy
Damian J. Green, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, cellular immunotherapy, multiple myeloma, amyloidosis, Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
Leona A. Holmberg, MD, PhD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Hans-Peter Kiem, MD, FACP
Physician
Cellular Immunotherapy
Teresa S. Kim, MD
Physician
Skin cancers, melanoma
Elizabeth F. Krakow, MD, MSc
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, transplant transitional care clinic
Sylvia M. Lee, MD
Physician
Lung cancer, thoracic oncology, skin cancer
Michael L. Linenberger, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, Hematology, leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), Apheresis and Cellular Therapy, Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
Jason Lukas, MD, PhD
Physician
Medical oncology, hematology-oncology, internal medicine, immunotherapy and cancer vaccines
David G. Maloney, MD, PhD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, lymphoma, cellular immunotherapy
Renato G. Martins, MD, MPH
Physician
Lung cancer, head and neck cancers, thoracic oncology
Robert B. Montgomery, MD
Physician
Genitourinary cancers
Paul T. Nghiem, MD, PhD
Physician
Dermatology, Merkel cell carcinoma, melanoma, graft versus host disease, complex skin cancer management in a multidisciplinary team
Colin C. Pritchard, MD, PhD
Physician
Stanley R. Riddell, MD
Physician
Immunotherapy
Jennifer M. Specht, MD
Physician
Breast cancer
Whitney D. Thomas, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Bone marrow transplantation
John A. Thompson, MD
Physician
Skin cancer, kidney cancer
Brian Till, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, lymphoma, cellular immunotherapy
Cameron J. Turtle, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA
Physician
Cellular immunotherapy
Scott S. Tykodi, MD, PhD
Physician
Kidney cancer, melanoma
Chaitra S. Ujjani, MD
Physician
Lymphomas and chronic lymphocytic leukemia
Thomas Uldrick, MD, MS
Physician
Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multicentric Castleman disease, Kaposi sarcoma and HIV-associated cancers
Joshua Veatch, MD, PhD
Physician
Immunotherapy
Michael J. Wagner, MD
Physician
Sarcoma
Roland B. Walter, MD, PhD, MS
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, leukemia
Edus H. Warren, MD, PhD
Physician
Lymphoma, global oncology