Dr Robert Ellis, DO, PhD, FACP is a board-certified medical oncologist. He works for Northwest Permanente Medical Group as a medical oncologist and director of the Integrative Oncology program. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and Elson Floyd School of Medicine of Washington State University where he teaches lifestyle medicine.
I am originally from Chicago. After a 24 year Army career, my wife and I decided to settle in the Pacific Northwest. I am a second generation osteopathic oncologist, having the unusual grace of having a grandmother who was a physician. Her experience and knowledge fueled my interest caring for cancer patients. After receiving a PhD in immunology, I decided that my true love was to care for patients.
About my practice
I approach the care of patients with malignant disorders in an integrative way, focusing on the least toxic way of controlling or reversing the condition. Attention to lifestyle factors such as nutrition, stress, and toxic occupational, personal and environmental exposures are foundational to healing the patient with cancer. Judicious use of chemotherapy and radiation to gain control of the tumor may be needed and can be incorporated into a holistic program of both anti-cancer fighting strategies and life supportive technologies such as meditation, stress reduction, nutrition and body based approaches such as osteopathic manipulativetherapies and massage therapy.