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Heather H.

Physician & Research Faculty
Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington
Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Director, Prostate Cancer Genetics Clinic, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Adjunct Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, UW
Sites of Practice
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center - South Lake Union

Photo: Fred Hutch

Education, Training, Board Certifications

  • M.D., University of Washington, School of Medicine
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Molecular and Cellular Biology 
  • Residency, University of Washington, Internal Medicine 
  • Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology, UW 
  • Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine 

Clinical Expertise

  • Genitourinary cancers
  • Prostate cancer and prostate cancer genetics



Research and/or clinical interests

Dr. Heather Cheng studies the inherited genetics of prostate cancer risk, the relationship to cancer-specific mutations and the genomics of prostate cancer (how sets of genes within a tumor behave).  As director of the Prostate Cancer Genetics Clinic at Fred Hutch, Dr. Cheng uses genetics to guide the care of prostate cancer patients, as well as their family members who may also be at high risk for developing prostate cancer. The clinic serves as a clinical base for genetic counseling, testing, and matching prostate cancer patients with precision oncology clinical trials and therapeutic advances, and connecting family members with opportunities for cancer prevention, and early cancer detection as related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, Lynch syndrome and other genetic risk factors for cancer. She also designs and conducts therapeutic clinical trials, particularly for men whose cancers have mutations in genes related to DNA repair, such as BRCA2, BRCA1.