When I was a trainee, I cared for a teenager with leukemia. He was a dedicated, high-achieving student when cancer struck, but he underwent treatment and recovered pretty quickly. Around the same time, my fellowship ended and I moved on to Fred Hutch and Seattle Children’s. He reached out to me through social media and we were able to reconnect; he shared how well he was doing and that he already had three college acceptance letters. I keep in touch with several of the patients I treat, and it’s so gratifying to see them thriving. The biggest reason I practice this type of medicine is the connections I make with patients and families.
Patients always come first in my practice, and while I enjoy celebrating with you when things are going well, I make sure to stand side by side with you when they aren’t. I like to know about you as a person — who you are outside of your disease, what issues you’re facing and what your support system is like — and I’m always open to hearing what I can do to take better care of you and your family. One of my particular interests is whether patients are able to return to school or work after cancer therapy ends. I want to support you in working toward your life goals and helping you succeed.
Area of clinical practice
Pediatric blood and marrow transplantation
Leukemias, lymphomas and non-malignant blood disorders
I specialize in treating children and young adults with lymphomas, leukemias and non-malignant blood disorders who receive stem cell transplants. Prior to joining Fred Hutch and Seattle Children’s, I completed a fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in cancer survivorship. Now, as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, I provide inpatient care to those undergoing stem cell transplants and outpatient follow-up care to long-term survivors of transplant.
My research is focused on improving health outcomes and quality of life for children and young adults with cancer. In addition to studying patient-reported outcomes, I analyze large multi-institutional and international databases to identify the problems that long-term survivors of childhood cancer and stem cell transplants frequently encounter. This information can aid clinical decision-making for patients all over the country.
B. J. Medical College
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cancer Survivorship
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 2019, American Board of Pediatrics; Pediatrics, 2015, American Board of Pediatrics
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.