Dr. Cowan specializes in multiple myeloma and AL amyloidosis treatment and is involved in clinical trials for plasma cell dyscrasias.
In treating patients with cancer, I see the physician-patient relationship as a team. I work closely with patients to create an individual treatment plan, incorporating the best of recent advances. I see my role as that of teacher, coach, and advisor, to help patients make the best decisions about their cancer. I think it is important to discuss clinical trials whenever appropriate, as this is an important part of advancing cancer care.
Multiple myeloma, amyloidosis, Waldenström macroglobulinemia, monoclonal gammopathy, smoldering myeloma, plasmacytoma, POEMS syndrome, plasma cell leukemia and Castleman disease.
- Hematologist Oncologist, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- Assistant Professor, University of Washington
- University of Washington School of Medicine, 2008
- Residency: Boston Medical Center, 2011
- Fellowship: University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Hematology/Oncology, 2015
Andrew Cowan, MD, knew from a young age that he wanted to be a doctor.
He learned when he was young that his mother had been diagnosed with advanced stage Hodgkin's lymphoma when she was in her 20s. She was cured with radiation and chemotherapy and her amazing success story inspired him to choose medicine, and ultimately a career in oncology. The year following his residency, Dr. Cowan worked at the Boston University Amyloidosis Center as an amyloid fellow. There, he was mentored by excellent oncologists who demonstrated excellence in care as well as a passion for research that has inspired him to this day.
Dr. Cowan enjoys getting to know his patients as well as the science--which has drawn him to clinical research.
"I hope that the promise of personalized medicine, with improvement in translational omics, will enable less toxic and more effective personalized approaches to cancer medicine," Dr. Cowan says.
When he's not working with his patients, Dr. Cowan enjoys spending time with his wife and family as well as running and cycling. You may also find him in the backcountry of Washington state as he also enjoys hiking.