Anna B. Halpern, MD

Anna B. Halpern, MD

Anna B. Halpern, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine


“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to know you and your family so we can work together in a close partnership. I believe we have much to learn from each other.”

— Dr. Halpern

What is your approach to caring for a patient?

I work with you to design and implement a personalized plan of cancer care that balances your and your family’s needs, the characteristics of your disease and the leading-edge science and clinical trials offered at Fred Hutch.

Provider Background

Area of Clinical Practice
Hematologic malignancies

Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
I am both a hematologist-oncologist and a clinical researcher. Along with caring for you, I conduct research focused on hematologic (blood-based) malignancies — specifically, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis. My overarching research aim is to help adults with these diseases have better outcomes by developing and testing evidence-based therapies that are tailored to your unique needs as a patient. I design and conduct clinical trials testing novel care concepts for people with AML and MDS, and I use large databases to study systems issues on a broader scale, such as risk factors for toxicities from treatment.

Diseases Treated

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Myeloproliferative Disorder

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Polycythemia Vera



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
Brown University

Medical Degree
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

University of Chicago

Fred Hutch and University of Washington

Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2016; Hematology, 2016; Internal Medicine, 2012, American Board of Internal Medicine

Teaching Appointment, University of Chicago Medical Center


Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2016


Clinical Trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch physicians. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your physician can decide if a study is right for you. 

Find a Clinical Trial Led by Dr. Halpern


Many of our Fred Hutch physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch physician has written. 

View Dr. Halpern's Publications

Your Care Team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like registered dietitians, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders. 


Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

For the Media

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