Biography & Education


Krista Nelson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in 1995, and her master’s degree in social work from Portland State University in 1998.

She has been a part of the Providence Health & Services oncology team since 1997. She has specialized in many cancers over the years and is interested in the effect of cancer on the family. She helped develop a program for children who have a parent with cancer.

Krista defines her role as providing support for people and their families throughout the cancer continuum, and sharing the expertise that she has learned from other patients with cancer. What she loves about working with those affected with cancer, “is being able to witness the grace, courage and life lessons of individuals dealing with cancer and the opportunity to be a part of their journey.”

She serves on the board of directors of the Association of Oncology Social Work. She loves being a part of the national discussion involving the psychosocial care of people with cancer. She has been a speaker at local and national conferences on issues of survivorship, palliative care, breast and lung cancer, and children who have a parent with cancer.

Krista also has been a volunteer facilitator at retreats for women with breast cancer, and at The Dougy Center for grieving children since 2004. She volunteers with Medical Teams International on medical relief teams to Haiti.

Areas of expertise

Patient advocacy; Cancer social work; Psychosocial oncology; Oncology

Master's Degree in Social Work, Portland State University, 1998
Bachelor's Degree, University of Washington, 1995

Care Locations

Krista Nelson
4805 NE Glisan St.
Portland , OR 97213