Filippo Milano, MD, PhD

Filippo Milano, MD, PhD

Filippo Milano, MD, PhD

  • Director, Cord Blood Transplant Program, Fred Hutch
  • Associate Professor, Translational Science and Therapeutics Division, Fred Hutch
  • Associate Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine


“It’s very important that when I care for my patients, I can provide the best. And working with a collaborative team of nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and volunteers who all put our patients first supports that.”

— Dr. Milano

What do you enjoy about working in oncology?

When I left my home country, Italy, my intention was to stay here only six months — but it’s now been a decade. I decided to stay because of the quality of work that I have found here. It’s a very exciting time to be in our field; a lot of things are changing. I had to do a fellowship twice in my life and I always tell my patients that between the first and second fellowship, at least 60 percent of what I’d learned from the first fellowship had changed. Over a span of 12 years, the information I learned in my first fellowship was already “prehistoric.” New findings come up every year, and that leads to better clinical outcomes for patients, so don’t give up hope.

What is your approach to patient care?

My philosophy is to care for my patients with respect and compassion. I communicate with my patients and know that I am a part of their life; it is something I keep in my mind all the time. It’s not just about what drug is used — the way physicians interact with their patients is just as important. I love that. I love meeting new people and building those relationships with my patients and their families. My patients will remember my funny accent, and I’m going to remember something about each and every one of them.

Provider Background

Area of Clinical Practice
Adult blood and marrow transplantation

Cord Blood Transplantation
As a hematologist-oncologist, it is important for me to spread the word that for patients who do not have a bone marrow donor match, a cord blood transplant can be a very good treatment option. Fred Hutch's survival rate for cord blood transplant patients has outcomes equivalent to what we see with other transplant types.

Diseases Treated

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

Blood Disorders

Bone Marrow Failure Diseases




Education, Experience and Certifications

Medical Degree
University La Sapienza

University La Sapienza Rome, Hematology

University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology

PhD, University La Sapienza


All news
Testing cord blood transplants as a cure for leukemia — and HIV New clinical trial at several U.S. cancer centers will enroll people living with HIV and advanced leukemia March 10, 2022
Study aims to cure blood cancers with transplants that could block HIV, too 10 HIV-positive cancer patients to receive donated cord blood with rare resistance gene November 16, 2018
Alexes Harris January 1, 2018

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