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Janis L. Abkowitz, MD

Dr. Abkowitz treats patients with multiple myeloma and other blood cancers.

Patient Care Philosophy:

I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families, solving difficult diagnostic problems, and designing personalized treatment strategies.

Dr. Abkowitz's Resume


Title

  • Clement A. Finch Professor of Medicine, University of Washington
  • Head, Division of Hematology, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

Red cell aplasia, aplastic anemia and other marrow failure syndromes, MDS, leukemia, lymphoma, polycythemia vera, platelet disorders, hemolysis, myeloproliferative disorders

Education And Training

  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 1972
  • MD: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 1977
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA 1977-1980
  • Fellowship: Hematology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1980-1983

More Information

  • Dr. Abkowitz was recognized as a 2013 and 2014 "Top Doctor" in Seattle Met magazine's annual survey.
  • Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Abkowitz's journal articles.

Dr. Abkowitz's Story


Dr. Janis Abkowitz is driven by a passion for combining science with clinical medicine. She has been seeing patients with blood cancers and other blood-related problems since 1983 and enjoys her roles as physician, medical researcher, educator, and head of the Division of Hematology at the University of Washington (UW).

“I’m attentive to who my patients are as people,” she said. “I enjoy teaching them about their diseases so they become partners in their health care decisions.”

Dr. Abkowitz sees patients with a wide spectrum of hematologic problems, including leukemia, myelodysplasia, myeloproliferative disorders, myeloma, anemia, thrombocytopenia, and bleeding and clotting abnormalities.

She has worked abroad and travels extensively, often to developing countries—experience that she says lends itself to providing high-quality, appropriate care to people who come from different backgrounds and who may have different views of illness as well as different perspectives on life and death.

Her laboratory research focuses on the molecular and cellular events that control red cell differentiation, especially how these cells grow and how their differentiation fails in aplastic anemia and myelodysplasia.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Abkowitz directs the clinical, teaching, and research programs of the Division of Hematology at UW. In her role as president of the American Society of Hematology (2013) and a member of the Institute of Medicine, she is involved with research priorities and hematology leadership at a national level.