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Dr. Rachel Issaka
January 26, 2022

Rachel Issaka named inaugural holder of Endowed Chair in Health Equity Research

Dr. Rachel Issaka, assistant professor (Gastroenterology) has been named the inaugural holder of the Kathryn Surace-Smith Endowed Chair in Health Equity Research.
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Dr. Issaka received this honor for her outstanding scientific research and steadfast commitment to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and for being a trailblazer in health equity research.

Issaka is a gastroenterologist and clinical researcher focused on decreasing the mortality associated with colorectal cancer, with a special focus on medically underserved populations.

Her research includes identifying, measuring and recommending new and improved approaches to screening and follow-up both in Seattle and across the U.S.