Nicole Bates, MD

As a psycho-oncologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (FHCC), I serve patients as a psychiatrist specializing in mental health issues arising during the course of cancer and hematologic diseases. My approach to care is person-centered, focusing on your story as a person as well as a patient, and combining psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic approaches to help you navigate your journey with medical illness. I bring fellowship training in consultation-liaison psychiatry to understanding the interplay between medical conditions and mental health issues, and I believe that partnering with both patients and their medical teams is essential to create a successful plan of care. While I often oversee psychiatric medications during cancer treatment, I also have a background in supportive, psychodynamic, CBT-focused, and meaning-centered psychotherapy, and I incorporate psychotherapy elements into each appointment. Within the field of psycho-oncology, my specific interests include working with palliative care populations, supporting existential issues that arise during journeys with cancer, and strengthening collaborative care models in oncology settings. I am also fortunate to teach outstanding UW psychiatry residents and fellows who complete clinical rotations at FHCC.


Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2019
General Psychiatry Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2018
MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, 2014
BA, Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology, Summa cum laude, Whitman College, 2007

Training Programs

Preceptor, UW Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Psycho-Oncology Rotation

Other Affiliations

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Recent Publications

Enhancing integrated psychosocial oncology through leveraging the oncology social worker's role in collaborative care.
(2020 Dec)
Psychooncology 29(12): 2084-2090
Courtnage T, Bates NE, Armstrong AA, Seitz MK, Weitzman TS, Fann JR

Progress in the development of a therapeutic vaccine for breast cancer.
(2010 Jun 4)
Breast Cancer (Dove Med Press) 2(): 25-36
Coveler AL, Bates NE, Disis ML

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