I was on the care team for a resilient young woman who was undergoing a second bone marrow transplant. At the time, she’d been hospitalized for several months due to multiple medical complications. During the holidays, her brother, dressed as Santa, arrived from out of town and surprised her at the bedside. Our team of providers, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and social workers gathered in her room for the wonderful surprise and shared in their moment of joy. It was a good reminder of the big picture — why we do what we do.
Several loved ones in my life have been affected by cancer. I remember feeling a sense of uncertainty and a loss of control as the people I cared about went through diagnosis and treatment. Those experiences motivate me to work with my team to keep patients as informed as possible. I strive to give thorough explanations about what to expect and to keep the non-cancer aspects of your life in perspective. I feel fortunate to work with such an innovative, dedicated team and very optimistic about the advances being made in oncology right now.
Blood cancers and non-malignant blood disorders
I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in caring for patients who undergo a blood or marrow transplant. The goal of this treatment is to replace diseased marrow with healthy cells. Working in the field of blood and marrow transplantation gives me the opportunity to practice complex medicine and develop meaningful relationships with patients and families.
Hairy Cell Leukemia
Immune Deficiency Diseases
University of Washington School of Medicine
Physician Assistant, 2012, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant
Master Public Health, Boston University
Seattle Met's 2023 Top Doctors award
Christine has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care.
John B. Coombs Leadership Award
Christine received this award in 2012 from the UW School of Medicine MEDEX program. The award honors students who serve as role models for their peers by displaying leadership qualities.
Mary Reed Award
Christine received this award in 2012 from the UW School of Medicine MEDEX program for achieving the highest GPA among students at all the training sites for that year.
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