About us

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As the premier medical oncology program in the Pacific Northwest, we balance the twin aims of innovative, life-saving research and knowledge-driven, patient-focused cancer care.

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UW Division of Medical Oncology


130+ faculty members specializing in every facet of cancer detection, treatment, survivorship, research, and mentorship.


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Innovative and timely research, well funded by $58+ million from the National Institutes of Health, grants from other organizations, contracts with industry, and philanthropy.

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Patient care

Patient care sites spread out in Washington State, from the Olympic Peninsula to the foothills of the Cascades. Patients come from all around the world.

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Fellowship program

Fellowship program, developing the next generation of cancer researchers and patient care providers.

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UW Medicine is committed to fostering and sustaining a working, learning, and healing environment that is diverse, equitable and welcoming of all people.

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Nancy E. Davidson, M.D.Nancy Davidson

  • Head, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington
  • Senior Vice President, Director and Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
  • Executive Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Fred Hutch
  • Raisbeck Endowed Chair for Collaborative Research, Fred Hutch

HistoryE. Thomas Davidson

The Division of Medical Oncology was founded in 1963 by Nobel Laureate E. Donnall Thomas, M.D., who also helped found the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (now the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center).  Dr. Thomas developed bone marrow transplantation as a treatment for leukemia and other hematologic malignancies.

Former Division Heads

  • F. Marc Stewart, M.D., 2013-2016
  • Frederick R. Appelbaum, M.D., 1998-2013
  • Robert B. Livingston, M.D., 1986-1998
  • E. Donnall Thomas, M.D., 1963-1986


Open Positions for Faculty in the UW Division of Medical Oncology.