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Meet Dr. Emily Weg, our newest Prostate Cancer specialist

Meet Dr. Emily Weg, our newest Prostate Cancer specialist

We are excited to introduce you to Dr. Emily Weg, who joins us from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she recently finished her residency in radiation oncology as Chief Resident. “I feel privileged to have trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where I was able to learn from some of the greatest minds in oncology,” says Dr. Weg. “I was surrounded by mentors deeply dedicated to their patients and research. I was taught to go the extra mile for your patients, in whatever way they need.”

Originally from New Jersey, she lived in New York City for 15 years before moving to the west coast. She and her family – husband Uri and daughter Siona - are thoroughly enjoying the Pacific Northwest, although they're still looking for good bagels around here. Dr. Weg says: “I like to explore new experiences with my family and friends, especially outdoors and especially if it involves music. I love driving around a bend and being surprised by gorgeous views of Mt. Rainier. But my favorite way to unwind is with a good book. Right now I am reading the Abe Lincoln biography ‘Team of Rivals’ by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I’m enjoying it immensely.”

Dr. Weg was drawn to pursue a career that would help people through difficult moments, and oncology epitomized this for her. “In medical school, I was always interested in cancer, and cancer biology was my favorite course. Radiation oncology was the best balance for me,” she elaborates, “because I am helping patients in tangible ways using evidence-based approaches, novel technologies, and rapidly evolving research discoveries.” In addition, Dr. Weg enjoys the interdisciplinary team work and collaborations with medical oncologists, surgeons, physicists, nurses, radiation therapists, and other specialists.

She especially likes the idea of working at UW Medicine because of their well-known collaborative environment and commitment to both patients and research. And their partnership with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, both powerhouses of genomic research, allows Dr. Weg to pursue this particular interest of hers. “I am currently looking at individual genomic testing to be able to predict how someone’s tumor will behave. This is important because in order for this type of testing to be approved, we need to prove genomic testing is helpful and has positive impacts.”

The icing on the top is the access to proton therapy in her arsenal of treatment tools. “Proton therapy is an elegant radiation modality,” she says. “It's a scarce resource, so it's wonderful that patients in this area have access to it. I am excited to be able to offer patients every radiation modality that exists in the management of prostate cancer, and it’s unusual to have protons, photons and brachytherapy all on the table at one institution.”