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Veena Shankaran, MD

Dr. Veena Shankaran is co-director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research. Her research focuses on measuring the impact of cancer diagnosis and treatment on patients’ and caregivers’ finances and developing strategies to lessen this impact. She also conducts studies describing real-world treatment patterns and costs of care in the Puget Sound region and nationally. Dr. Shankaran is a medical oncologist who specializes in caring for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies with a particular focus on cancers of the esophagus and stomach. In collaboration with other gastrointestinal oncologists at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutch’s clinical-care partner, Dr. Shankaran is helping to expand the gastrointestinal cancer clinical trials program to provide patients with novel treatment options.