Care Team

Virginia Mason is among the top medical centers in the country providing care to patients with pancreatic cancer. This care is delivered by a comprehensive, multidisciplinary specialty team dedicated to excellence in clinical care, education and research.

To make an appointment or request more information, contact our pancreatic cancer coordinator, Hilary Turnberg, RN, BSN by calling (206) 341-1652.

Hilary Turnberg, RN, BSN

Hilary Turnberg, RN, BSN 
Pancreatic Cancer Coordinator

Medical Oncologists

Bruce Lin, MD Vincent Picozzi, MD
Bruce Lin, MD Vincent Picozzi, MD

Your oncologist is trained in the use of chemotherapy and other drug therapies for fighting cancer. Although surgery is a key treatment for pancreatic cancer, when appropriate, you also may have treatment with cancer-fighting drugs, which your medical oncologist will discuss with you. The Cancer Institute collaborates with Benaroya Research Institute and the Digestive Disease Institute to offer pancreas cancer clinical research trials in conjunction with providers within the Pancreatic Center of Excellence.

Pancreatic Cancer Surgeons

Adnan Alseidi, MD, EdM, FACS Thomas Biehl, MD, FACS Scott Helton, MD, FACS Flavio G. Rocha, MD
Adnan Alseidi MD, EdM, FACS Thomas R. Biehl MD, FACS Scott Helton MD, FACS Flavio G. Rocha, MD

The surgeons within Virginia Mason’s Digestive Disease Institute’s Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Surgical Center of Excellence, have special expertise in the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Gastroenterologists

S. Ian Gan, MD Shayan Irani, MD Richard A. Kozarek, MD Michael Larsen, MD Andrew Ross, MD
S. Ian Gan, MD Shayan Irani, MD Richard A Kozarek, MD Michael Larsen, MD Andrew Ross, MD

Patients come to Virginia Mason from all over the world to receive care from our gastroenterology team, who apply the latest technical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic and digestive diseases.

Radiation Oncologists

K. Ray Badiozamani, MD Huong T. Pham, MD Guobin Song, MD, PhD Michelle Yao, MD
K. Ray Badiozamani, MD Huong T. Pham, MD Guobin Song, MD, PhD Michelle Yao, MD

Your radiation oncologist uses radiation to treat pancreatic cancer. Virginia Mason’s Department of Radiation Oncology also is actively involved in new clinical trials for treating this disease.

Radiologists

David Coy, MD, PhD Paul L. Sicuro, MD
David Coy, MD, PhD Paul L. Sicuro, MD

Radiologists use different imaging techniques to evaluate the abdominal cavity, including ultrasound and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

Pathologists

Nicholas Agoff, MD Russell Dorer, MD, PhD Hejin Hahn, MD, PhD
Nicholas Agoff, MD Russell Dorer, MD, PhD Hejin Hahn, MD, PhD

Pathologists examine your biopsy specimens under a microscope and make a determination about the stage of your cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Nutritionist

Jyoti Benjamin, RD
  • Your pancreatic cancer nutritionist can assess your needs and design a diet plan that helps you maintain good nutrition and maximizes your health.  
  • offers psychosocial support and is a resource for services available online and in the community.

Oncology Social Workers

Kelly Christensen
Kelly Christensen Stacy Marini

Your oncology social worker offers psychosocial support and is a resource for services available online and in the community.