Douglas McNeel, MD, PhD

  • Medical Oncology
Douglas McNeel, MD, PhD


Douglas McNeel, MD, PhD, is a UW Health medical oncologist and a professor in the Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Medicine. He cares for people with prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancer using the most advanced treatments available.

Dr. McNeel sees himself as a partner, working together with patients and their families to come up with the best treatment plan using the latest therapy options. He’s excited about the progress in cancer care and the treatments now available that didn’t exist just a decade ago.

A medical research opportunity in college led Dr. McNeel toward his career as a doctor. He was drawn to the possibility of conducting research that could have a positive impact on the care he provides. He currently leads studies on immune-based treatments, like vaccines, for prostate cancer and is the director of Solid Tumor Immunology Research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Dr. McNeel is a musician and spends his free time playing the pipe organ.

My hope for each patient is that they find either a treatment or an outcome that works best for them and works best for their family. Long term, we want to use the ‘cure’ word more often for patients with cancer. And so that's my ultimate long-term goal.

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Medical Oncology
Medical School
  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
  • University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Areas of expertise