Medical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program
Swedish Cancer Institute
President & CEO
Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE)
Howard (Jack) West, MD, is a medical oncologist and Medical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, WA. He also serves as President & CEO of the Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing current and clinically relevant information to cancer patients and the general public. After receiving his AB degree summa cum laude in physiologic psychology from Princeton, Dr. West studied at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom on a Fulbright Scholarship and received an M. Phil. in Experimental Biology. He returned to the US to undertake his medical training at Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he earned his MD magna cum laude and conducted neuroscience research as a Howard Hughes Medical Student Fellow. He stayed in Boston for his internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and then moved to Seattle, Washington for his fellowship in medical oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington. He moved to the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle in late 2002, where he oversees the medical oncology component of the thoracic and genitourinary oncology programs.
Dr. West maintains a strong clinical research focus on lung cancer and prostate cancer. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, invited publications, and book chapters. He is also a reviewer for several journals including Cancer, Clinical Cancer Research, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology,Nature Clinical Practice Oncology, and Lancet.
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