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Puget Sound Cancer Centers

PSCC Physicians Join Swedish Cancer Institute At Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah

PSCC has drawn highly trained and experienced Medical Oncologists/Hematologists from all over the country because they believe community cancer centers provide the best environment in which to practice cancer care. And now our physicians are formally becoming part of the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) and its regional network of outpatient cancer centers.

On April 1st, PSCC physicians from the Edmonds clinic moved into their new outpatient facility and formally became part of Swedish Cancer Institute. On July 1st, the North Seattle PSCC clinic location will close and its physicians will join SCI at several cancer center locations.

Click on any physician below for their new clinic location and phone number, educational training, medical associations and philosophy of care. Individual physician profiles for the entire SCI team of medical oncologists can also be found on our new site: www.swedish.org/medicaloncologyteam.

Dr. George R. Birchfield , M.D.
Dr. George R. Birchfield, M.D.
Dr. David E. Dong, M.D.
Dr. David E. Dong, M.D.
Dr. Eileen M. Johnston, M.D.
Dr. Eileen M. Johnston, M.D.
Dr. Douglas J. Lee. M.D.
Dr. Douglas J. Lee, M.D.
Dr. Richard A. McGee MD, F.A.C.P.
Dr. Richard A. McGee, M.D.
Dr. Daniel R. Markowitz, M.D.
Dr. Daniel R. Markowitz, M.D.
Dr. Marc S. Rosenshein, M.D.
Dr. Marc S. Rosenshein, M.D.
Dr. J. Samuel Tolman, M.D.
Dr. J. Samuel Tolman, M.D.
Dr. Jeffery C. Ward, M.D.
Dr. Jeffery C. Ward, M.D.
Dr. George R. Birchfield, M.D.

Dr. George R. Birchfield , M.D.

Medical Oncology, Hematology,
Internal Medicine

Seattle Office

Seattle Office
206-365-8252

Education

Whitman College, Washington

Medical School

University of Washington
School of Medicine, Seattle

Residencies

Internal Medicine
University of Utah Hospitals, Salt Lake City

Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology
University of Utah Hospitals

Senior Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology
University of Arizona, Tucson

Additional

American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology

Dr. Birchfield traveled from the sunny Arizona Cancer Center to join Puget Sound Cancer Centers in 1991. Both his father and grandfather were physicians in Seattle so returning to Washington State was coming home for him. According to Dr. Birchfield, to be a good oncologist, you need to be a good internist first - a good all-around doctor as well as a cancer specialist.

Other than the constant challenges oncology presents, Dr. Birchfield likes the fact that his patients truly appreciate what he does on their behalf.

When not in the clinic, Dr. Birchfield enjoys being with his family, participating in sports, outdoor activities and coaching children's athletic teams.

"I do everything I can to make each patient more comfortable - physically and emotionally. One is just as important as the other."

 

Dr. David E. Dong,M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. David E. Dong ,M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine

Seattle Office

Seattle Office
206-365-8252

Education

University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D., Pharmaceutics/Bioengineering
University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Medical School

University of Utah, School of Medicine

Residencies

Residencies
                   
Penn State University, Hershey Medical Center

University of Wisconsin Hospital

Fellowship, Hematology
University of Wisconsin Cancer Center

Senior Fellowship, Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Additional

American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology

Coming from a family of medical and pharmacy professionals, Dr. Dong first achieved his doctorate in pharmacy before going on to medical school and specializing in hematology and oncology. In 1998, he was recruited to the Seattle office of Puget Sound Cancer Centers. 

Dr. Dong holds special interest in new advances in treatments and empowering patients to make the most informed choices that are best for them.

"Here, you get good patient support and care, and a nurturing environment. It's not rushed and as your doctors, we can make choices in the treatments we pursue."

 

Dr. Eileen M. JohnstonM.D.

Dr. Eileen M. Johnston M.D.

Medical Oncology, Hemotology,
Internal Medicine

Edmonds Office

Edmonds Office
425-775-1677

Education

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Medical School

University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Statistics and Clinical Trial Design

Residencies

Internal Medicine, Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, Burlington

Chief Medical Resident, Clinical Instructor,
Medical Center Hospital of Vermont

Fellowship, Divisions of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Transplantation
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina

Additional

American Society of Clinical Oncology
Southwest Oncology Group

At the age of three, Dr. Johnston knew exactly what she going to do as an adult, and she never changed her mind. She was going to be a doctor. The road that led to medical oncology as a specialty was more gradual, however. During her third year residency, she encountered outpatient medical oncology for the first time.

After practicing medical oncology at a large, multi-specialty practice in Seattle, Dr. Johnston draws a special satisfaction from working with a team of compassionate professionals, all dedicated solely to the care of cancer patients.

"Everything here is focused on the patient and on one specialty - cancer care. It's set up to be more efficient, more personalized yet state-of-the art. I know my patients will notice that everything is geared towards them."

As a mother of three children, Dr. Johnston fills her free time with cooking, running, swimming, biking, skiing and watching her daughters play sports. 

"I liked the complexity of oncology, the challenge and the fact that you're bringing the full scope of your medical skills in to caring for your patient as well as their families."

 

Dr. Douglas J. LeeM.D.

Dr. Douglas J. Lee M.D.

Medical Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine

Seattle Office

Seattle Office
206-365-8252

Education

Harvard College, Massachusetts

Medical School

Yale Medical School, New Haven

Residencies

Internal Medicine
Hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh

Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Additional

Chair, Seattle Breast Center Conference

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Washington

American Society of Clinical Oncology
Medical Advisory Board, Cancer Lifeline

Dr. Lee's father, an anesthesiologist, influenced his choice to go into medicine. Dr. Lee, however, chose to specialize in medical oncology because he was drawn to the human side of patient care as well as to the exciting prospect of seeing an incurable disease become curable. He came to Seattle originally to study bone marrow transplants, but changed course and joined Puget Sound Cancer Centers to fulfill a lifelong desire to make patient care his highest priority.

Dr. Lee holds the belief that quality of life, as well as length of life, are equally important in cancer care.

"Since coming here, I've become extremely interested in cancer pain management and in multidisciplinary team approaches to specific cancers, such as breast cancer."

 

Dr. Richard A. McGeeMD, F.A.C.P.

Dr. Richard A. McGee MD, F.A.C.P.

Medical Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine
President, Puget Sound Cancer Centers

Edmonds Office

Edmonds Office
425-775-1677

Education

John Carroll University, Ohio

Medical School

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore

Residencies

Internal Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

Senior Fellowship, Clinical Associate
Hematology/Oncology, Pathology
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda

Additional

Past President and member, Washington State Medical Oncology Society

Washington State Medical Oncology Society Board of Directors

Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Fellow, American College of Physicians (F.A.C.P.)

Member, American Society of Hematology Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Washington.

Member, Board of Directors, First Choice Health Network

After starting his own private practice in medical oncology/hematology in 1975, Dr. McGee formed Puget Sound Cancer Center/Edmonds with partner Dr. Marc Rosenshein in 1992. Their goal was to develop a community based, patient centered, state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility. Dr. McGee sees his job as not just fighting the war, but winning a lot of skirmishes along the way to make every day a little better for his patients.

Dr. McGee is driven to excellence in cancer care and internal medicine, mindful of the interplay between the two in order to maximize the results for each of his patients. His special interests are in cancer research, advances in cancer treatment technology, information computerization, pharmacogenomics, and cancer genetics.

In Dr. McGee's free time, he pursues world travel with his wife Anne.  He loves Rome where he can blend his interest in photography with the romance of ancient history.  He is also a science and technology buff, from the geology of the National Parks to iPads, Airbooks, Segways and astronomical telescopes. 

 

"Oncology was the most challenging field of medicine in 1975 - and it still is. That's why I picked it. Of all the areas in internal medicine, oncology was the hardest thing to do and do well.  It is equally energized by compassion for patients and being at the leading front of applied medical science."

 

Dr. Daniel R. MarkowitzM.D.

Dr. Daniel R. Markowitz M.D.

Medical Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine

Edmonds Office

Edmonds Office
425-775-1677

Education

Stanford University, California

Medical School

Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto

Residencies

Internal Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine

Additional

American Society of Clinical Oncology

Dr. Markowitz was drawn to Puget Sound Cancer Centers' community-based practice style in July of 1999.

Having come from much larger centers such as the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centers, this held particular importance. Dr. Markowitz was originally drawn to oncology because he believed the doctor-patient relationship that develops would lead him to grow in his own knowledge and compassion. 


The complexity and changing nature of both hematology and oncology is something Dr. Markowitz enjoys. He continues to appreciate this era of rapidly expanding knowledge, allowing him to bring new insights and treatments to patients on an individual basis.

Dr. Markowitz enjoys recreational basketball and coaching for both of his sons' basketball teams as well as wakeboarding, skiing, playing hearts and losing to his sons at Texas Hold'em.

 

"It's the patients themselves who inspire me with the depth and dignity of their responses to life's struggles."

 

Dr. Marc S. RosensheinM.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Marc S. Rosenshein M.D., F.A.C.P.

Medical Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine

Edmonds Office

Edmonds Office
425-775-1677

Education

Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania

Medical School

Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia

Residencies

Internal Medicine
Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia

Senior Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Additional

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, University of Washington

American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
Fellow, American College of Physicians

 As a co-founder of Puget Sound Cancer Centers, Dr. Rosenshein has practiced in Edmonds since 1980 and feels privileged to have participated in the incredible advances in oncology developed during his career. He particularly enjoys being able to discuss these advances with his patients and to use them to help his patients make the complex choices that cancer treatment requires. Dr. Rosenshein has also been a physician leader, most recently as Medical Staff President at Swedish/Edmonds, and as an educator on the Clinical Faculty of the Hematology Division of the UW Medical School.

 Although Dr. Rosenshein treats patients with all types of cancers, he has a particular interest and expertise in the management of hematologic (blood) cancers and lymphoma. He also sees his role as helping his patients to negotiate the complex maze of available treatments and other issues, making care decisions easier and less confusing.

In his free time, Dr. Rosenshein enjoys family time, cooking, reading, outdoor activities and is a tri-athelete and a Big Brother.

 

"I see my job as being the “quarterback” of care by securing everything possible for the care of my patients."

 

Dr. J. Samuel TolmanM.D.

Dr. J. Samuel Tolman M.D.

Medical Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine

Seattle Office

Seattle Office
206-365-8252

Education

Columbia University, New York

Medical School

New Jersey Medical School

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark

Residencies

Internal Medicine
St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York

Clinical Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology
University of California, San Francis

Additional

American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology

Dr. Tolman started his medical career in research and soon learned that he was more drawn to working directly with people. And after volunteering in a hospital emergency room, he gained an even greater appreciation for the importance of how a doctor interacts with patients. He went into his residency knowing that outpatient oncology was what he was meant to do.

Puget Sound Cancer Centers attracted Dr. Tolman because he believes that outpatient oncology in community cancer centers is the wave of the future. He's also impressed by PSCC's level of participation and access to clinical trials that help move the treatment of cancer forward. The real challenge, he believes, comes from how he partners with his patients and applies these new treatments.

Seattle was a natural fit for Dr. Tolman's love of the outdoors. He enjoys hiking, backcountry camping, fishing, skiing and running.

"Cancer is life-changing. Yet this is also an exciting time for oncology because of the new research and developments. A big part of my job is gaining an understanding of how each patient responds and learns, then educating my patients and families about all of the options so that they are actively involved in their care decisions."

 

Dr. Jeffery C. WardM.D.

Dr. Jeffery C. Ward M.D.

Medical Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine

Edmonds Office

Edmonds Office
425-775-1677

Education

Brigham Young University, Utah

Medical School

University of Washington,
School of Medicine, Seattle

Residencies

Internal Medicine
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Senior Fellowship, Oncology/Hematology
University of Minnesota

Additional

American Society of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Practice Committee member 
American Society of Hematology

Board member and Past President, Washington State Oncology Society

Medical Director, Providence Hospice of Snohomish County

Swedish Edmonds Hospital Director of Oncology Services

Oncology/Hematology advisor to Medicare in Washington State

Associate Editor, Journal of Oncology Practice

As a student at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr Ward did a student rotation at Stevens Hospital. Though he had no idea then that 8 years later he would return to join Puget Sound Cancer Centers, that time laid a foundation for understanding the value of community based medicine, and his career has been focused on advancing state-of-the-art cancer care in a compassionate and accessible setting. It drives the personal care he gives his patients and a dedication to his profession.
 

It is this focus that has led him through 17 years of service as Medical Director of Providence Hospice of Snohomish County and an eight year term as Chairman of the Stevens Hospital (now Swedish/Edmonds) Cancer Control Committee, firmly believing that great oncology care requires a team approach across a continuum of care settings. In addition, Dr. Ward has a natural talent for making complicated oncology topics easy to understand, and takes them from the bedside to a local newspaper column. 

It's in his daily interactions with patients that Dr. Ward maintains his zeal and focus. In his first newspaper column a decade ago, Dr Ward, while acknowledging the excitement and intrigue in the science of cancer, wrote; 

 

"...it is the patients themselves who teach me the most important lessons. My patients remind me day after day that there is more than one way to beat cancer.  The human spirit is more resilient than the human body and the ability of individuals to rise above the adversity of the moment never fails to impress me that it is not how long we live, but how we live that determines our legacy."