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Brian Shirts, M.D., is a board certified physician and assistant director of UW Medicine Genetics and Solid Tumor and Informatics for UW Laboratory Medicine.

Dr. Shirts’ specialty is genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk and other complex hereditary traits. His goal is to provide the highest quality genetic testing possible for all patients.

Dr. Shirts earned his M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in both Clinical Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology. His clinical and research interests include improving strategies for detection and classification of rare mutations, clinical classification of rare genetic variants of uncertain significance, particularly variants in familial cancer genes; improving the use of complex and multifactorial clinical information, with special interest in personalized healthcare using genetic information and research on the storage and communication of genetic information in the healthcare setting.

Personal Interests

In his free time Dr. Shirts enjoys hiking and singing.
UW Medical Center

Pathology at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St. Seattle, WA 98195



Univ. of Utah School of Medicine

Residency, 2012, Clinical Pathology

University of Utah

Fellowship, 2011, Molecular Genetic Pathology

Univ. of Utah School of Medicine

Residency, 2010, Clinical Pathology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Medical education, 2008

University of Pittsburgh

Ph.D, 2006


Board Certifications
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology, 2012, American Board of Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology, 2012, American Board of Pathology