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Oncologist balances science, research, caring for the whole person

Oct 5, 2021, 09:00 AM
Arthur Molina, MD - Oncologist at Skagit Regional Health

Oncologist Arthur Molina, MD is an experienced cancer care provider, researcher and teacher who enjoys caring for patients and supporting their families.

“I like to look at both sides of medicine with the science and the research and also the human side that deals with people as a whole person, not just a disease,” Dr. Molina said. “I have the ability to work with families and help them to deal with the demanding challenges a cancer diagnosis can bring.”

Dr. Molina joined the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center oncology group in June 2021. He spent the first 10 years of his career in academics and research, including bone marrow transplant work at Ochsner Cancer Institute at Louisiana State University in New Orleans and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Since 2014, he has practiced inpatient care including stops in Olympia and Yakima.

Dr. Molina is a graduate of Stanford University in California and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas in San Antonio and a Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

During his internship, both his father and aunt were diagnosed with cancer, an experience that pointed him in the direction of medicine that he wanted to pursue.

“I just felt that the doctors and those who took care of the two of them practiced medicine the way that I saw myself practicing medicine,” Dr. Molina said. “They had the technical and scientific side along with compassion and empathy. I like to interact like a family practice provider, in some ways, as you are dealing with the whole family.”

Dr. Molina noted that he enjoys working with a variety of different cancers and blood disorders and is impressed with the strength of the community-based program at Skagit Regional Health.

“The program is robust. You have everything you need to practice oncology at a high level, as if you were in a big city,” he said. “We have surgical support, diagnostic imaging, pathology and strong hospitals in the system.”

The Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center is a network member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), a partnership of UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The network connection provides a variety of benefits including access to experts, referrals and clinical trials.

“The relationship with SCCA is unique for a practice our size and it’s nice to have that relationship in place,” he said. “It’s a real benefit to the community.”

Cancer care continues to evolve and change, which is exciting for the providers and excellent for patients, he said. Immune therapies are replacing chemotherapy, in some cases, offering a less toxic and more targeted way to treat cancer.

“Immune-targeted therapies look at cancers at the molecular, genetic level,” he said. “You can focus on the genetic mutations which become a set of targets you can treat with therapies and you don’t have all the side effects. It’s revolutionizing cancer care.”

Dr. Molina and his wife have two college-age children and he enjoys travel, photography, nature, birds and orcas. They were drawn to northwest Washington by the community feel.

“It’s beautiful,” he said. “And, it’s got a lot of appeal and a slower pace.”

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Oncologist balances science, research, caring for the whole person

Oct 5, 2021, 09:00 AM
Arthur Molina, MD - Oncologist at Skagit Regional Health

Oncologist Arthur Molina, MD is an experienced cancer care provider, researcher and teacher who enjoys caring for patients and supporting their families.

“I like to look at both sides of medicine with the science and the research and also the human side that deals with people as a whole person, not just a disease,” Dr. Molina said. “I have the ability to work with families and help them to deal with the demanding challenges a cancer diagnosis can bring.”

Dr. Molina joined the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center oncology group in June 2021. He spent the first 10 years of his career in academics and research, including bone marrow transplant work at Ochsner Cancer Institute at Louisiana State University in New Orleans and at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Since 2014, he has practiced inpatient care including stops in Olympia and Yakima.

Dr. Molina is a graduate of Stanford University in California and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas in San Antonio and a Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

During his internship, both his father and aunt were diagnosed with cancer, an experience that pointed him in the direction of medicine that he wanted to pursue.

“I just felt that the doctors and those who took care of the two of them practiced medicine the way that I saw myself practicing medicine,” Dr. Molina said. “They had the technical and scientific side along with compassion and empathy. I like to interact like a family practice provider, in some ways, as you are dealing with the whole family.”

Dr. Molina noted that he enjoys working with a variety of different cancers and blood disorders and is impressed with the strength of the community-based program at Skagit Regional Health.

“The program is robust. You have everything you need to practice oncology at a high level, as if you were in a big city,” he said. “We have surgical support, diagnostic imaging, pathology and strong hospitals in the system.”

The Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center is a network member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), a partnership of UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The network connection provides a variety of benefits including access to experts, referrals and clinical trials.

“The relationship with SCCA is unique for a practice our size and it’s nice to have that relationship in place,” he said. “It’s a real benefit to the community.”

Cancer care continues to evolve and change, which is exciting for the providers and excellent for patients, he said. Immune therapies are replacing chemotherapy, in some cases, offering a less toxic and more targeted way to treat cancer.

“Immune-targeted therapies look at cancers at the molecular, genetic level,” he said. “You can focus on the genetic mutations which become a set of targets you can treat with therapies and you don’t have all the side effects. It’s revolutionizing cancer care.”

Dr. Molina and his wife have two college-age children and he enjoys travel, photography, nature, birds and orcas. They were drawn to northwest Washington by the community feel.

“It’s beautiful,” he said. “And, it’s got a lot of appeal and a slower pace.”