About The Doctor

Dr. Rafael Santana-Davila

Medical Oncologist , Assistant Professor, Medical Oncologist

Dr. Rafael S Davila, the medical oncologist, joined up with the University of Washington back in 2014, and he adds his experience to it for treating malignant pleural mesothelioma. Dr. Davila already works for an elite facility, and he's the son of an accomplished doctor who works in Mexico City. Dr. Santana-Davila first identified his niche for improving the lives of his cancer patients.

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Improving the Lives of Patients

During his career, Dr. Rafael Davila said that his interest in oncology began from two different things in the field of medicine. First, his interest grew out of a fascination in understanding how malignancies develop. Second, his interest grew from caring for patients with this disease. Dr. Davila says that these patients have made him a better person and a better oncologist.

Message of Hope

Over the course of his career, Dr. Rafael Davila has treated esophageal cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer.

Professional Background

Dr. Davila earned his medical degree from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota and his hematology and oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Davila spent four years of his career working for the Medical College of Wisconsin. He took the lead in handling mesothelioma, a rare condition that arises because of exposure to asbestos. Dr. Davila is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology. Over the course of his career, he has treated esophageal cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer.

Where is He Today?

Today, Dr. Davila spends a great deal of his time working in Seattle treating head and neck cancer and lung cancer. Dr. Davila has research interests that range from clinical trials to health services. He designs and implements many of these trials and services in an effort to advance cancer treatment.

Dr. Rafael Davila believes we have come a long way in treating mesothelioma but that more work needs to be done. Dr. Davila hopes to continue seeking out medical advances that will be therapeutic options for patients with mesothelioma.

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