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Craig Nichols, MDSEATTLE - (April 19, 2011) - Craig Nichols, MD, a noted national and international expert in testicular cancer, has joined Virginia Mason Medical Center and will augment the region's leading multidisciplinary testis cancer team, including lead surgeon Christopher Porter, MD.

Dr. Nichols brings more than 20 years of experience in the treatment, clinical design and oversight of clinical trials in testicular cancer to the Pacific Northwest. He is currently director of the Testicular Cancer Consortium, an active collaboration of scientists conducting epidemiological treatment and basic science research in testis cancer.

Dr. Nichols is an active participant in LIVESTRONG and was Lance Armstrong's primary oncologist at Indiana University when he was diagnosed with testis cancer in 1996.

In addition to seeing patients in Virginia Mason's Section of Hematology and Oncology, Nichols will work in collaboration with the sections of Urology and Pathology, and the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI), in both his clinical and consortium work. He also has an active interest in cancer survivorship.

"I'm excited about joining Virginia Mason and building upon our shared vision to be the premier center for care and decision making for patients with testis cancer," said Nichols, explaining his enthusiasm for expanding on the Team Medicine testis cancer work at Virginia Mason.

"With the addition of Dr. Nichols to our team, nothing in the Northwest will compare to the exceptional patient care and clinical research for testicular cancer," said John Corman, MD, medical director of the Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason. "We're so pleased he chose to continue his esteemed practice and research work in Seattle."

In the United States, between 7,500 and 8,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year. Over his lifetime, a man's risk of testicular cancer is roughly 1 in 250. It is most common among males aged 15 to 35 years and with expert multidisciplinary care is curable in the vast majority of instances.

For more information about testis cancer care at Virginia Mason, call (206) 341-1420.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area, and Bailey-Boushay House, a skilled-nursing facility and chronic care management program for people with HIV/AIDS. The medical center is affiliated with Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit VirginiaMason.org or Facebook/VMcares or follow @VirginiaMason on Twitter.

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