Christina Poh, MD

Christina Poh, MD

Christina Poh, MD

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine

Medical Oncology

Cancer and Organ Transplant

“As doctors, we are trained to give advice, answer questions and offer treatment, yet sometimes that’s not all patients need. Sometimes they need a friend — someone to listen, someone to remind them that cancer doesn’t define who they are.”

— Dr. Poh

Why do you practice oncology?

Oncology allows me to spend one-on-one time with patients while incorporating innovative research into what I’m doing each day. I have the privilege of standing by my patient's side, being their advocate as they navigate a difficult diagnosis. At the same time, I have the opportunity to explore my research interests and use these finding to improve care firsthand. There aren’t many areas of medicine where those two facets are so closely intertwined. I chose to specialize in treating lymphoma because I was inspired by the strides my mentors were making in this field. Lymphoma is a disease that in many cases can be cured, and there is a lot of satisfaction in being able to work toward that goal with my patients.

Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.

During my medical training, I met a patient with leukemia who was admitted to the hospital. He lived several hours away, and his family didn’t have the means to visit him. Over the course of a month, I saw him every day; we bonded as he went through treatment. At one point, he took a turn for the worse and ended up in the intensive care unit (ICU). Although he was under the care of a different team, I would still try to drop by and see him a few days a week. During those visits, he asked me if I could just sit, hold his hand and talk about anything not related to his cancer. So that’s what we did, and it had a profound effect on us both. As doctors, we are trained to give advice, answer questions and offer treatment, yet sometimes that’s not all patients need. Sometimes they need a friend — someone to listen, someone to remind them that cancer doesn’t define who they are. My patient in the ICU taught me that, and it’s made me a better doctor.

Provider Background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Hematologic malignancies

Lymphomas, chronic lymphocytic leukemia

I am a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in the treatment of lymphomas and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). My approach to care is based on candid, clear communication and teamwork. In addition to providing care, I am also an active clinical researcher. My research interests include testing new drug combinations to improve effectiveness and decrease toxicity. I also investigate risk factors that lead to lymphoma and complications that survivors of lymphoma can experience, such as secondary cancers. My aim is to improve their long-term quality of life.

Diseases Treated

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

Hodgkin Lymphoma


Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Cutaneous Lymphoma

Follicular Lymphoma

Low Grade Lymphoma

MALT Lymphoma

Marginal Zone Lymphoma

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
University of Rochester

Medical Degree
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Loma Linda University Health, Internal Medicine

University of California, Davis, Hematology-Oncology

Board Certification
Hematology, 2020; Oncology, 2020; Internal Medicine, 2017, American Board of Internal Medicine


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