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Visiting Physician Program

The visiting physician program is currently under review and is accepting a very limited number of new applicants.


A Visiting Physician is a medical doctor with recent patient primary care experience who rotates through the clinical services of the Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) units for three to six months. The number of months is determined by the Medical Director and the Visiting Physician. For US graduates applying for the Adult BMT program, there is a minimum education of two years of US residency in internal medicine (and hematology or oncology training is preferred). For foreign graduates applying for the Adult BMT program, a minimum of 2 years of documented training in internal medicine and hematology or oncology fellowship training is mandatory. For pediatrics, completion of a pediatric residency and at least one clinical year of training in an accredited pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship program are required. Proficiency in English language is required for acceptance into the program. All rotations begin on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month, without exception.

Inpatient Service

On the Inpatient Service, the Visiting Physician provides care under the direct supervision of the scheduled attending for five to six (5-6) patients on one of our two blood and bone marrow transplant wards, along with other visitors and our own Residents, Hematology and Oncology Fellows, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Additional responsibilities include procedures such as lumbar punctures and bone marrow harvesting, critical care, daily rounds, and on-call duties. Visiting physicians should be prepared for an intensive inpatient experience.  Visiting Physicians will have two full weekends off during the month.  On other weekends and weekdays, hours are 07:30 to approximately 17:30.

Outpatient Service

The Visiting Physician may also rotate through the Outpatient Department (OPD). Responsibilities include evaluating patients and donors as they arrive in Seattle (pre-transplant) and caring for problems after discharge from the Inpatient Service (before the patient returns home). Visiting physicians provide care under the direct supervision of the scheduled attending and should be prepared for an intensive outpatient experience. In the OPD, the services are divided into adult autologous, adult allogeneic (including unrelated donor), and pediatric sections. Hours are weekdays 0800-1800, including one weekend. There is no overnight call. Visiting Physicians must spend at least one month on the Inpatient Service before they can rotate in the OPD.

Consultation Services

In addition, the Visiting Physician may rotate through the consultation services of Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Pulmonary/Intensive Care, and Long Term Follow-Up. The Visiting Physician does not provide any patient care on the consultation services.


There is no compensation provided by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Medical insurance is not provided by the Center, but is highly recommended for all visiting physicians.

For More Information

Doctors interested in SCCA's Visiting Physician Program should contact Annette Gage at