Every day, I get to integrate science with the art of human interaction. Seeing patients benefit from medical advances, and being active in pushing the science forward, is extremely rewarding. It’s an exciting time for both cancer care and research. We now have access to a variety of novel therapies that enable us to target cancer cells more specifically without causing major side effects. In my field, we’re always looking for a “cure,” but in the meantime, I’m hopeful that we can relegate cancer to a chronic disease and help patients maintain their desired quality of life.
A diagnosis of cancer kicks off a torrent of life changes, and in the middle of all this disruption are many important decisions to make about your care. My role is to help you thoroughly understand and weigh your options. At Fred Hutch, you have access to a variety of standard and experimental treatments, from chemotherapy to more novel, targeted approaches that may have fewer side effects. We’ll discuss each option in detail — the potential benefits, the risks and the overall impact on your life and family — so that you can make the best choices for your unique situation.
Area of clinical practice
Adult Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Cellular Immunotherapy, Hematologic Malignancies
I am a medical oncologist and stem-cell transplant expert who specializes in treating patients with lymphomas and other blood disorders. My clinical trial work focuses on testing novel agents for the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma, with a particular focus on chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). I also study the clinical outcomes of patients who have already been treated. My goal is to identify patient- or disease-specific characteristics that can help us understand the behavior of a disease and predict its responsiveness to different treatments. One particular area of interest is the epidemiology of hematologic neoplasms (abnormal growth in blood-forming tissue). In 2013, I co-authored a study that found a correlation between certain types of allergies and blood cancers.
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Internal Medicine
University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology
Medical Oncology, 2014; Hematology, 2014; Internal Medicine, 2011, American Board of Internal Medicine
MPH, University of Washington
At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.