Biography & Education

  • Physical Medicine and Rehab
Education Background
Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Fellowship: University of Washington
  • English
Personal Interests
Hiking, cycling, and woodworking.

Care Locations

Swedish Cancer Institute Cancer Rehabilitation Services
Nordstrom Medical Building
1229 Madison St., Suite 1050
Seattle 98104
Fax 206-386-2999
Monday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Medicare



The Role of Cancer Rehabilitation

September 26, 2012
When learning that you have cancer, it's easy to forget that your body has trillions and trillions of healthy cells. This is true whether the cancer is stage 0 or stage IV. While this may be hard to believe, it is true. Your healthy cells support you in getting through the rigors of treatment. Too often, however, the support that your healthy cells offer is forgotten in the flurry of activities surrounding treatment and the dramatic changes in your everyday life. These changes are not only physical, but emotional, psychological and spiritual. After all, cancer affects the whole person from molecule to spirit. At the molecular level, your healthy tissues are subjected to profound physiologic demands, demands that take an enormous amount of their energy. Cancer treatments— surgery, chemotherapy, biologic therapies, radiation—are taxing. Athletes need to prepare well for any physically demanding event. Why then, should it be different for cancer survivors? While a far cry from an a...

Exercise and cancer

September 18, 2012
There is plenty of research—and it is increasing every day—showing that exercise is beneficial for cancer survivors, whether during or after treatment. In a recent study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Dr. Andrea Cheville, an onco-physiatrist (cancer rehabilitation physician) and colleagues at Mayo Clinic interviewed 20 patients with advanced lung cancer about exercise, its relationship to their symptoms, and the role of their oncology team in counseling them about exercise (video). Not surprisingly, participants considered their usual everyday activities as "exercise". While important in helping to maintain function, everyday activities generally do not reach the threshold to help maintain or improve overall fitness. In Dr. Cheville’s study, exercise was defined as "a systematic way of stressing the body...



Patient Ratings and Comments
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The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (35 Ratings, 8 Comments)


Dr. Z = Super!
Swedish Patient

very happy that he referred me for physical therapy with my former physical therapist (after breast cancer surgery): [...]
Swedish Patient

Dr. Zucker is amazing; so approachable and brilliant! I always feel as if all my questions have been addressed with sensitivity and I am always made to feel that what I have to say, matters.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Zucker is wonderful. He has the best bedside manners makes you feel care for & important to him.
Swedish Patient

Dr. David Zucker is brilliant but also extremely compassionate. He is exceptional! Top drawer!!!
Swedish Patient

Dr. Zucker is absolutely amazing. I am so looking forward to working with him as I recover from cancer. Dr. Zucker is caring and thorough & brilliant.
Swedish Patient

I am going to recommend him to my sisters friend who is going threw cancer treatment now. [...]
Swedish Patient

I really appreciate the documentation received from our visit, but I wish the interaction time was longer because he gives such good information and support.
Swedish Patient