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David B.

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Physician & Research Faculty
Associate Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington
Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Sites of Practice
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center - South Lake Union
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center at UW Medical Center – Montlake

Photo: Fred Hutch

Education, Training, Board Certifications 

  • M.D., Wayne State University School of Medicine 
  • Residency, Mayo Clinic, Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship, University of Michigan Medicine, Hematology & Oncology 
  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine 
  • Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Expertise

  • Gastrointestinal cancers   
  • Esophageal cancer 
  • Stomach cancer 
  • Pancreatic cancer 
  • Neuroendocrine cancer
  • Liver cancer 
  • Colorectal cancers




research and/or clinical interests 

Research and/or clinical interests

Dr. David Zhen is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating patients with gastrointestinal cancers. His research centers around the development of clinical trials evaluating new therapies and combination approaches for the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal cancers, particularly pancreatic and gastroesophageal cancers. He is also conducting research to understand the interactions of the immune system in gastrointestinal cancers and how this can be manipulated to improve upon the response to immunotherapy drugs called checkpoint inhibitors, which block a braking system that cancers use to tamp down the immune response.