Nicole K. Zern M.D.

 Nicole  K. Zern M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Endocrine Surgery, Endocrinology, Surgical Oncology




General Surgery at Eastside Specialty Center

3100 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 425.646.7777|Map It 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance - SCCA Inpatient Unit at UWMC

825 Eastlake Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98109-102
Phone: 855.557.0555|Map It 


Dr. Zern is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, specializing in Endocrine Surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands.

Dr. Zern earned her medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta before coming to UW to complete general surgery residency. She completed a year of fellowship training in Endocrine Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia. After returning to become a faculty member at UW, Dr. Zern is actively involved in the Endocrine Tumor Group at the SCCA. She also sees general surgery patients at the UW Eastside Clinic.

Dr. Zern is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and the Association for Academic Surgery.

Patient Care Philosophy

At the University of Washington, patients are able to receive specialized treatment from a multi-disciplinary care team. I truly value the input from all members of the care team. The patient is the center of the team and all team members work towards a common goal of providing excellent communication, treatment and follow up. I am constantly inspired by our patients’ optimism and resolve.

Personal Interests

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, our dog, and our friends. We love travelling including cruises, hiking /biking and scuba diving!

Clinical Interests

Benign and malignant thyroid disease; hyperparathyroidism; adrenal tumors including retroperitoneal minimally invasive adrenalectomy.

Research Interests

Clinical outcomes in thyroid cancer; operative approaches to adrenalectomy.


University of SydneyFellowship2016
UW - Dept. of SurgeryResidencyGeneral Surgery2015
UW - Dept. of SurgeryInternshipGeneral Surgery2011
Emory UniversityMedical Education2010

Board Certifications

American Board of SurgerySurgery2016
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