Eric Holland, M.D., Ph.D.

Eric Holland, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Eric Holland is a world-renowned physician-scientist who combines compassionate patient care with exacting laboratory research to discover more effective treatments for brain tumors. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Holland specializes in caring for patients with glioblastomas, aggressive cancers that are the most common malignant brain tumors in adults. One of Dr. Holland’s many accomplishments is the development of mouse models of brain cancers, which researchers use to unravel tumor biology and test new therapies. His landmark work with mouse models also revealed that glioblastoma is not one but several diseases, a finding that is a first step toward tailoring treatment to individual tumors. Dr. Holland also studies the environment immediately surrounding tumor cells and how that “neighborhood” influences tumor formation and growth.


Senior VP and Director, Human Biology Division, Fred Hutch
Endowed Chair in Cancer Biology, Fred Hutch
Director, Seattle Translational Tumor Research, Fred Hutch and UW Medicine


M.D., Stanford University, Medicine, 1990
Ph.D., University of Chicago, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1985
B.S., Miami University, Chemistry, 1981

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Chap and Eve Alvord and Elias Alvord Chair in Neuro-Oncology, UW Medicine

Research Interests

Dr. Holland's research has centered around the development of genetically accurate mouse models of gliomas. He has used them to study the biology of these tumors, the way that they respond to current therapy, and the development of new methods for treating them.