DR. HOWARD (JACK) WEST
POWER OF THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL MEDIA IN PATIENT DECISION MAKING
Dr. Jack West is a medical oncologist and Medical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington. He also serves as President of the medical education website OncTalk, LLC and the Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE).
Dr. West received an M. Phil. in Experimental Biology from Cambridge University on a Fulbright Scholarship before returning to the US to undertake his medical training at Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he earned his MD magna cum laude and conducted research as a Howard Hughes Medical Student Fellow. He stayed in Boston for his internship and residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, then moved to Seattle, Washington for his fellowship in medical oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington. He moved to the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle in late 2002, where he directs the medical oncology component of thoracic oncology program. In 2007, he was named one of the Best Doctors in Seattle by his regional medical colleagues.
Dr. West maintains a strong clinical research focus on lung cancer; he currently serves as the principal investigator on several clinical trials of chemotherapy and novel agents and has authored numerous peer-reviewed as well as invited publications. He has been actively involved with the SWOG Lung Cancer Committee on multiple recent and ongoing protocols, and he leads several investigator-initiated trials at his own institution. In addition to his work in lung cancer, he maintains a significant interest in clinical research in prostate cancer and genitourinary oncology.