I get to be on the cutting edge of cancer care. Fred Hutch and its partners provide treatment options for patients who otherwise would not have any. I enjoy the complexity of the medicine and the chance to marry it with compassionate care. My colleagues and I also follow a very comprehensive, team-based approach, all the way from the researchers advancing the science of transplant to the staff like me who provide hands-on care. I think our team members are among the finest anywhere.
I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and in that time I’ve taken care of thousands of patients. It’s been a real pleasure to witness how beautiful and complicated people are, from the way their bodies work to the way they live their lives and demonstrate joy during hard times. One of the unique aspects of my job is that I see the full spectrum of patients: those who are very sick and facing the end of life as well as those who survive and go on to do really well. I take pride in being there for all patients and families, no matter the situation they’re facing.
Malignant and non-malignant blood disorders, inpatient care
I am a board-certified physician assistant who works on the bone marrow transplant service at UW Medical Center. In this role, I provide inpatient care for those who are being treated for a variety of malignant and non-malignant blood disorders. In addition to working with patients, I have also been active in leadership across Fred Hutch and its partner organizations. For 10 years, I served as the director of advanced practice providers at the Fred Hutch Bone Marrow Transplant Program, which encompasses Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, UW Medical Center and Seattle Children’s.
We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.
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