Top Doctors 2017: Cancer Specialties

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Surgical oncologists specialize in the removal of tumors and cancerous tissue, and perform biopsies. Physicians with subspecialties in treating cancer can also be found under listings for Clinical Genetics, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Gastroenterology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Pain Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Pulmonary Disease, Surgery, Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery and Urology.

Hematology 
Hematologists treat blood diseases such as cancer, lymphoma, anemia and sickle cell disease. Oncologists and other internal medicine practitioners work in this specialty.

Pamela S. Becker, M.D., Ph.D., multiple myeloma, bone marrow & stem cell transplant, leukemia & lymphoma, Gaucher disease; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Room G4-100, Seattle, 206.288.1260; University of Washington Medical Center; Harvard Medical School, 1986
     
Michele B. Frank, M.D., leukemia, thrombotic disorders, anemia, lymphoma; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 12040 NE 128th St., Suite 1600, Kirkland, 425.899.3181; EvergreenHealth; University of Pittsburgh, 1993
     
David A. Garcia, M.D., bleeding/coagulation disorders, benign hematology, hematologic malignancies, thrombotic disorders; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 855.557.0555; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Medicine, 1993
    
Michael L. Linenberger, M.D., bleeding/coagulation disorders, leukemia & lymphoma, hematologic malignancies, myeloproliferative disorders; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Hematology, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.1260; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Kansas, 1982

Pediatric Hematology—Oncology

K. Scott Baker, M.D., anemia, bone marrow transplant, bone marrow failure disorders; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1988
     
Paul Carpenter, M.D., graft versus host disease, bone marrow transplant; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Sydney, Australia, 1988 
   
J. Russell Geyer, M.D., pediatric cancers, neuro-oncology, brain tumors; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; Wayne State University School of Medicine, 1977
     
10 Years: Douglas S. Hawkins, M.D., bone tumors, Ewing’s sarcoma, leukemia, rhabdomyosarcoma; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; Harvard Medical School, 1990
    
13 Years: Dana Matthews, M.D., anemia, thrombosis, autoimmune disease; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Washington School of Medicine, 1981 
   
Julie R. Park, M.D., pediatric cancers, neuroblastoma, lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s; Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, 206.987.2106; Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center; University of Vermont College of Medicine, 1988

Gynecologic Oncology
 

Charles W. Drescher, M.D., gynecologic cancers, robotic surgery, ovarian cancer, Pap smear abnormalities; Pacific Gynecology Specialists Seattle, 1101 Madison St., Suite 1500, Seattle, 206.965.1700; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; University of Michigan Medical School, 1984
    
10 Years: Barbara A. Goff, M.D., ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, complex gynecologic surgery; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.288.7155; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Pennsylvania, 1986
     
Kathryn F. McGonigle, M.D., gynecologic cancers, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, peritoneal carcinomatosis; Women’s Cancer Care of Seattle, 1560 N 115th St., Suite 101, Seattle, 206.368.6806; Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; St. Louis University, 1984 

Pamela Paley, M.D., robotic surgery, early detection of ovarian cancer, urogynecology; Pacific Gynecology Specialists Seattle, 1101 Madison St., Suite 1500, Seattle, 206.965.1700; Swedish Medical Center–Cherry Hill campus, Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1990

Bahman Saffari, M.D., Ph.D., gynecologic cancers, women’s health, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery; Franciscan Gynecologic Oncology, 1708 S Yakima Ave., Suite 203, Tacoma, 253.382.8150; CHI Franciscan Health St. Joseph Medical Center; University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1998
    
Dan Steven Veljovich, M.D., gynecologic cancers, complex gynecologic surgery, robotic surgery, ovarian cancer; Pacific Gynecology Specialists Seattle, 1101 Madison St., Suite 1500, Seattle, 206.965.1700; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; Overlake Hospital Medical Center; University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1994
 
Medical Oncology
Medical oncologists specialize in treating cancer with chemotherapy or other medications.

15 Years: David M. Aboulafia, M.D., AIDS-related cancers, leukemia & lymphoma, myeloproliferative disorders, multiple myeloma; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Hematology/Oncology, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6193; Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Michigan Medical School, 1983
     
Anthony L. Back, M.D., palliative care, gastrointestinal cancer; Harborview Medical Center, 410 Ninth Ave., Norm Maleng Building, Seattle, 206.520.5000; Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center; Harvard Medical School, 1984
    
George R. Birchfield, M.D., benign and malignant hematology, lymphoma, general oncology; Swedish Cancer Institute, 21632 Highway 99, Edmonds, 425.673.8300; Swedish Medical Center–Edmonds campus; University of Washington, 1985

Mary L. Disis, M.D., breast cancer, ovarian cancer, clinical trials, immunotherapy; Tumor Vaccine Group, 815 Mercer St., Seattle, 206.616.1823; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1986
    
11 Years: Philip J. Gold, M.D., gastrointestinal cancer, clinical trials, colon & rectal cancer, pancreatic cancer; Swedish Cancer Institute, Medical Oncology, 1221 Madison St., Suite 200, Seattle, 206.386.2121; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; University of Miami School of Medicine, 1991 
   
10 Years: Julie Gralow, M.D., breast cancer; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.2166; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, 1988
    
Celestia S. Higano, M.D., genitourinary cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.7222; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, 1979
    
Peter Y.Z. Jiang, M.D., Ph.D., gastrointestinal cancer, genitourinary cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer; The Everett Clinic, 1717 13th St., Suite 300, Everett, 425.297.5560; Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; Hua Bei Medical College, Tangshan, China, 1986
    
Eileen M. Johnston, M.D., breast, lung and general oncology; Swedish Cancer Institute, 21632 Highway 99, Edmonds, 425.673.8300; Swedish Medical Center–Edmonds campus; University of Virginia School of Medicine, 1991
     
Douglas J. Lee, M.D., breast cancer and general oncology; Swedish Cancer Institute, 21632 Highway 99, Edmonds, 425.673.8300; Swedish Medical Center–Edmonds campus; Yale University, 1981
    
David G. Maloney, M.D., Ph.D., lymphoma, bone marrow & stem cell transplant, vaccine therapy, immunotherapy; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.1024; University of Washington Medical Center; Stanford University, 1985
    
Renato G. Martins, M.D., lung cancer, mesothelioma, salivary gland tumors, head & neck cancer; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.1135; University of Washington Medical Center; Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, 1992
    
10 Years: Vincent J. Picozzi Jr., M.D., gastrointestinal cancer, pancreatic cancer, genitourinary cancer, hematologic malignancies; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Hematology/Oncology, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6193; Virginia Mason Medical Center; Stanford University, 1978
     
Oliver W. Press, M.D., Ph.D., leukemia & lymphoma, bone marrow transplant; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.1260; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Washington, 1979
    
John A. Thompson, M.D., melanoma, kidney cancer; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 855.557.0555; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Medicine, 1979

Radiation Oncology
Radiation oncologists specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy.

K. Ray Badiozamani, M.D., testicular cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6801; Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Washington, 1995
    
Robert M. Douglas, M.D., intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), prostate cancer, stereotactic radiosurgery; Swedish Cancer Institute at Valley Medical Center, 400 S 43rd St., Renton, 425.251.5121; Valley Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; University of Washington, 1991 
   
Michael Andrew Hunter, M.D., breast cancer, lung cancer, brain tumors, colon & rectal cancer; EvergreenHealth, Radiation Oncology, 12040 NE 128th St., Kirkland, 425.899.1860; EvergreenHealth; Yale University, 1989
    
10 Years: Wui-Jin Koh, M.D., gynecologic cancers, brachytherapy, gastrointestinal cancer; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Radiation Oncology, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.7318; University of Washington Medical Center; Loma Linda University, 1984   
 
George E. Laramore, M.D., Ph.D., neutron therapy for advanced cancer, salivary gland tumors, head & neck cancer, skin cancer; University of Washington Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4009; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Miami School of Medicine, 1976
     
Berit L. Madsen, M.D., breast cancer, head & neck cancer, prostate cancer; Peninsula Cancer Center, 19917 Seventh Ave., Suite 100, Poulsbo, 360.697.8000; Stanford University 1989
    
Huong T. Pham, M.D., brain tumors, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6801; Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Maryland School of Medicine, 1992 
   
Kenneth J. Russell, M.D., genitourinary cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Radiation Oncology, 825 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, 206.288.7318; University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Harvard Medical School, 1979
     
Robert K. Takamiya, M.D., prostate cancer, prostate brachytherapy, head and neck cancer, breast cancer; Swedish Cancer Institute, 21605 76th Ave. W, Suite 100, Edmonds, 425.640.4300; Swedish Medical Center–Edmonds campus; New York University School of Medicine, 1990    
 
Michelle Yao, M.D., breast cancer, head & neck cancer; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Radiation Oncology, 1100 Ninth Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6801; Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Michigan Medical School, 1993

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