Charles W. Drescher

Appointments and Affiliations

Pacific Gynecology Specialists
Swedish Medical Center
Gynecologic Oncology
Canary Foundation
Scientific Advisory Board
Member, Appointed: 2006
University of Washington
School of Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Clinical Professor, Appointed: 1998
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Public Health Sciences
Molecular Diagnostics Program
Joint Member
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Mailing Address

Seattle, Washington 98109
United States


M.D., University of Michigan, Medicine, 1982.

Research Interests

Dr. Drescher is a partner and gynecologic surgeon at Pacific Gynecology Specialists located on the Swedish Medical Center campus in Seattle, Washington. His primary academic appointments are with the University of Washington as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a joint appointment to the Translational and Outcomes Research Group in the Molecular Diagnostics Program at the Fred Hutchinson Center as an Associate Member. Dr. Drescher earned his Medical Degree in Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he also completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology.

Dr. Drescher is a co-Principal Investigator of a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Ovarian Cancer grant funded by the National Cancer Institute where he oversees the recruitment and enrollment of ovarian cancer patients into a surgical (tissue) donation program. Dr. Drescher has extensive experience in collecting and processing tissues and blood specimens from patients, which are banked in the SPORE's Specimen Repository for use in research studies. In addition, he co-leads a SPORE project focused on molecular targets for ovarian cancer prognosis and therapy. As an expert in gynecological oncology, Dr. Drescher is actively involved in many ovarian cancer research organizations including on the Cancer Prevention committee of the Gynecological Oncology Group (GOG) and the Executive Committees of the Puget Sound Oncology Consortium and Pacific Ovarian Cancer Research Consortium. He is the former Medical Director of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research.


American Medical Association
Gynecologic Cancer Foundation
King County Medical Society
Seattle Gynecological Society
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
Washington State Medical Association

Previous Positions

1996-2005, Medical Director, Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research
1991-1998, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology
1987-1989, Instructor, University of Michigan, Gynecological Oncology, Medical Center
1986-1987, Guest Lecturer and Surgeon, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital


  • Canary Foundation: Development of a Blood-Based Assay for the Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer, 2005 to 2010.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Modeling ovarian cancer screening for CEA, 2002 to 2006.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Pacific Ovarian Cancer Research Consortium: SPORE in Ovarian Cancer, 1999 to 2009.

Recent Publications

Karlan BY, Thorpe JD, Watabayashi K, Drescher CW, Palomares MR, Daly M, Paley PJ, Hillard PJ, Andersen MR, Anderson GL et al..  2014.  Use of CA125 and HE4 serum markers to predict ovarian cancer in elevated-risk women.. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. Abstract

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