Anthony L. Back M.D.

Anthony L. Back M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Medical Oncology


Colorectal Services, Digestive Health




Primary Location

Colorectal Services at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4477|Map It 


Anthony Back M.D., is professor at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and codirects the UW Center for Excellence in Palliative Care with Randy Curtis. He studies patient-clinician communication and interventions to make clinicians more effective. He was the principal investigator for the Oncotalk interventions, wrote Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients with Bob Arnold and James Tulsky, released the first iPhone app for clinician communication skills and is a 2013-2014 Contemplative Studies Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.

Patient Care Philosophy

My goal is to incorporate science and humanism in a practice of healing.

Personal Interests

Gardening, cooking, music, fitness, and spending time with my partner, Ted.

Clinical Interests

Patient-physician communication, Quality of life Palliative care

Research Interests

Patient-doctor communication and palliative medicine.


UW - Hematology-Oncology Fellowship ProgramFellowshipOncology1991
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineResidencyGeneral Internal Medicine1987
UW - Division of General Internal MedicineInternshipGeneral Internal Medicine1985
Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education1984


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineHospice and Palliative Medicine2008
American Board of Internal MedicineMedical Oncology1991
American Board of Internal MedicineGeneral Internal Medicine1987
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