Dr. Hendrie is a hematology specialist who treats patients for blood disorders, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndrome.
The desired outcome of a hematology consultation is that patients leave with a clear understanding of their diagnosis, an acceptable plan of care, and a sense of comfort that comes from being supported by an experienced team of physicians.
Dr. Hendrie treats patients with blood cancers and noncancerous blood conditions. Noncancerous blood conditions include cytopenias (low blood cell counts), disorders of bleeding or clotting, immunodeficiencies, and disorders of iron and hemoglobin metabolism. He treats patients with Langerhans cell histiocytosis, systemic mastocytosis, chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, and primary myelofibrosis), and myelodysplastic syndrome. He also treats patients with the following blood cancers: acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoid leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphoid leukemia, multiple myeloma, and lymphomas, including post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder.
- Associate Medical Director for Inpatient Hematology/Oncology Service, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- Clinical Associate Professor, Hematology Division, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Indiana University, Medicine, 1995
- Residency: Indiana University, Internal Medicine, 1998
- Fellowship: University of Washington, Hematology, 2001
Dr. Paul Hendrie’s interest in hematology began with his graduate research studying white blood cell development. It was during that time in the laboratory that he knew he wanted to pursue a career where he could combine his interest in research while also caring for patients with blood diseases. He believes that as a physician, he can be both a scientific expert and an advocate for his patients’ overall health care.
Hematology consultations can be a lot like detective work, according to Dr. Hendrie. Patients often arrive at his office with problems but no diagnosis and may feel anxious, frustrated, or even frightened. Dr. Hendrie considers it his job to alleviate these feelings when possible. He searches for the cause and identity of the problem. Once a diagnosis has been made, Dr. Hendrie discusses it with the patient, along with discussing the next steps in the patient’s care. Sometimes no treatment is needed. When it is, Dr. Hendrie reviews both established treatment options and newer treatments that may be available through enrollment in clinical research trials. Patients may return to their previous clinicians to continue their care, but some stay and establish long-term relationships with Dr. Hendrie.
Dr. Hendrie’s parents were Scottish immigrants, and he spent his early childhood in Winnepeg, Manitoba, and Detroit, Mich., before settling in Indianapolis, Ind., where he became an adopted Hoosier and avid basketball fan.
Since moving to Seattle in 1998, he sees himself as a transplanted resident of the Puget Sound area. His sports fanaticism has expanded to include the Seattle Sounders, which has not gone unnoticed by his colleagues and patients alike.