Dr. Gernsheimer treats patients with blood disorders like thrombocytopenia (low platelets), anemia, and excessive bleeding and clotting. She has an interest in transfusion medicine.
While diagnosis and treatment are essential to good medicine, educating patients and including them in the decision-making process allows us to find the best possible wellness solution.
Hematology, transfusion medicine, platelet disorders
- Professor, Hematology Division, University of Washington School of Medicine
- Director, Transfusion Services, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- State University of New York at Stony Brook, Medicine, 1979
- Residency: New England Deaconess Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1982
- Fellowship: University of Washington, Medicine/Hematology, 1987
- Dr. Gernsheimer was recognized in 2014 as a "Top Doctor" in Seattle Met magazine's annual survey.
- Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Gernsheimer's journal articles.
After completing a fellowship in hematology at the University of Washington (UW), Dr. Terry—as her patients call her—joined Puget Sound Blood Center, UW Medical Center (UWMC), and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) to work with patients with transfusion and bleeding issues. Today, she directs Medical Transfusion Services at SCCA and UWMC, teaches medicine at UW, and cares for patients with bleeding disorders.
Her research interests are in improving the management of bleeding in patients with malignant and autoimmune diseases, and she has been a principle investigator in several large clinical trials in transfusion and other therapies.
In her teaching role as well as in her interactions with patients, Dr. Terry leads with her heart, asserting that she gets back from patients and students much more than she gives.
“I care about my patients and do all I can to provide good medicine—I think they feel that,” she said. At times, this means showing emotion about a patient’s struggles. “Some things are very sad [and merit tears].” This is as important a lesson for residents and fellows as the other aspects of good medicine, she said.
“If you stop feeling, then you shouldn’t be doing this. You have to be able to empathize, process it, and then perhaps move on, but you have to feel.”
Outside of work, Dr. Terry travels, gardens, and hikes with her dog, Bruno. “Working with people who can’t always do the things they love reminds me to enjoy life,” she said, “not just for myself, but for them as well.”