Kate L. Whitelaw, PA-C

Kate L. Whitelaw, PA-C

Kate L. Whitelaw, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant, Fred Hutch
  • Teaching Associate, University of Washington School of Medicine

“I've learned that the best thing I can do for patients is listen.”

— Kate

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

My colleagues and I were caring for a patient who was a huge Seahawks fan. He had recurrent multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects white blood cells, and it was very aggressive. We were doing everything in our power to treat his disease, but we recognized that his time might be short. One of his physicians was able to get him tickets to watch the Seahawks play in the Super Bowl, so we jumped into action. We made sure he had access to care on his trip. We wrote letters so that he could bring IV fluids on the plane, and we adjusted his medication regimen to help him feel better during his travels. Ultimately, he had an amazing time, and we all felt grateful that we could help his dream come true. 

What personal experiences have shaped your approach to care?

When I was in high school, a friend of mine and fellow soccer teammate was diagnosed with lymphoma. It seemed unbelievable: One day she was thriving, ready to play Division I soccer, and then suddenly she was not. I watched as physicians and nurses interceded to make her healthy again. It was then that I knew I wanted to work in oncology. I aim to be a source of support for people in their darkest moments, restoring their health and celebrating with them through that process.

Provider Background

Blood cancers

I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in treating patients with blood cancers such as leukemias and lymphomas. I provide care at Fred Hutch and UW Medical Center. My clinical expertise includes stem cell transplantation, and I enjoy educating patients about this process. In turn, I hope that you will share your medical story with me. I’ve learned that the best thing I can do for patients is listen. Listening to your symptoms can help lead me to a diagnosis and appropriate treatment, and listening to your fears, frustrations, worries, hopes and reasons for pressing on allows me to get to know you as a person.

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree

San Diego State University

Medical Degree

Emory University School of Medicine

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