Maxwell Krem, MD, PhD
Dr. Maxwell Krem is a medical oncologist who sees patients with hematologic malignancies at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and University of Washington Medical Center. His primary specialty is bone marrow transplantation.
Dr. Krems recalls an experience he had as a young person when his grandfather had cancer. “I saw a lack of bedside manner and a lack of sensitivity,” he says, adding “It really made a big impression on me... I knew I could do better so I’ve tried to develop a humanistic approach in my rapport with patients and their families. I try to be a source of support, whatever the outcome.”
This approach permeates his practice philosophy; Dr. Krem strives to treat others as he would want to be treated and delivers state-of-the-art medical treatments with a sense of empathy, compassion, and respect.
It is his passion to care for patients with complex systemic blood disorders who undergo immune suppression and are at high risk for infectious diseases. The patients’ disease processes and treatments create challenging problems and special needs.
Dr. Krem's scientific expertise is laboratory investigation of the molecular genetics and pathogenesis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He chose to work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and SCCA because of the institutional strengths in the treatment and scientific research of hematologic malignancies. His research focus is understanding the role of proteins that regulate cell division in the pathogenesis of classical Hodgkin's lymphoma.
“My project gives me the opportunity to explore the mechanisms behind the most basic processes in cell biology, such as cell division, and correlate those with diseases I treat in the clinic. My research today has the potential to impact patient care in the future,” he says.
Dr. Krem is an acting instructor at UW Medicine, one of SCCA’s parent organizations. He is an attending physician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/UW Stem Cell Transplant Service and a consultant for UW Transplant Service. He also worked as a fellow in the Cancer Care Clinic at VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle.
In his free time, Dr. Krem enjoys hiking and kayaking, and he loves classical music. He is a self-taught composer who has written pieces for student and chamber symphonies.
Maxwell Krem, MD, PhDDr. Maxwell Krem specializes in caring for patients undergoing bone marrow transplants.
Patient Care Philosophy:
Krem strives to treat others as he would want to be treated and to deliver state-of-the-art medical therapy with a sense of empathy, compassion, and respect.
- Acting Instructor, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine
Laboratory investigation of the molecular genetics and pathogenesis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Attending, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute/University of Washington Stem Cell Transplant Service
- Medical Oncology Consultant, University of Washington Transplantation Service
- Fellow, Cancer Care Clinic, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle
Education And Training
- A.B., Chemistry and Spanish: Washington University, St. Louis
- MD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
- Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
- Fellowship: University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle