Elizabeth M. Swisher M.D.

Elizabeth M. Swisher M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Gynecologic Oncology, Gynecology, Medical Genetics, Preventative Medicine




English, French, Spanish


Gynecologic Oncology at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 8th Floor, Cascade Tower
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.8300|Map It 


Dr. Swisher is a professor in gynecologic oncology and adjunct professor in medical genetics and is the director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She has a research and clinical focus on the genetics and prevention of gynecologic cancers.

Dr. Swisher earned a B.S. from Yale University and received her M.D. from the University of California at San Diego. She completed her residency at the University of Washington in Ob/Gyn and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Washington University St Louis. She returned to the University of Washington to join the faculty in 1999 and has been here since that time. Both her clinical and laboratory work focus on cancer genetics. Dr. Swisher has published extensively on the genetics and therapy of ovarian cancer and has received numerous national awards including a Sidney Kimmel Award, the CREOG National Teaching Award, the GCF Margaret Greenfield/Carmel Cohen, MD Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Prize, and the OCNA Rosalind Franklin Award for Ovarian Cancer Research. She has received many research grants from the NIH, the DoD Ovarian Cancer Research Program, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the V Foundation, The Mary Kay Foundation, the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research, and others. She is the co-leader of the first Stand Up to Cancer/AACR ovarian Cancer Dream team. She is also the co-leader of an international clinical trial and has been the principal investigator.

Dr. Swisher has served many national and international cancer organizations including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (education), the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (elected council member), the Foundation for Gynecologic Oncology (elected board member), NRG Oncology (Translational Science committee), the American Association of Cancer Research (awards committee), and others.

Dr. Swisher is board certified in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics and gynecology.

Patient Care Philosophy

I believe in patient engagement and a team medicine approach. In cancer prevention, I want to empower patients to use genetic knowledge to develop a cancer prevention plan that is right for them. I believe we can reduce the deadliness of ovarian cancer through effective risk assessment, prevention and new targeted therapies. We have made a lot of progress in understanding the genetics and origins of ovarian cancer. Now, we need to use that knowledge to stamp out this deadly disease. I will spend the remainder of my career in that pursuit.

Personal Interests

Golfing, hiking, skiing, backpacking, biking, family and photography.

Clinical Interests

Gynecologic cancer; cancer prevention; cancer genetics; novel therapeutics; minimal invasive surgery.

Scope of Care

Gynecological cancer treatment; complex gynecological surgeries; minimally invasive surgery; cancer genetics; gynecological cancer; screening and prevention; and hereditary cancers.

Research Interests

Research in genetics of ovarian and other gynecologic cancers; clinical trials for targeted ovarian cancer treatment, identifying predictors of response for ovarian cancer, novel approaches to genetics risk assessment and cancer prevention.


Univ. of Calif. SOM, San DiegoMedical educationObstetrics & Gynecology1992
UW - Dept. of Obstetrics & GynecologyInternship
UW - Dept. of Obstetrics & GynecologyResidency
Washington University SOMFellowshipGynecologic Oncology


Board Certifications

American Board of Obstetrics & GynecologyGynecologic Oncology2003
American Board of Obstetrics & GynecologyObstetrics & Gynecology2001
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