Ann Dahlberg, MD

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Physician
Seattle Children's
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“What we say as physicians has a lot of impact on patients; it has the power to instill hope.”
— Dr. Dahlberg
Why do you specialize in pediatric bone marrow transplantation?

Both of my parents are physicians. Listening to their stories over the years and watching the trajectory of their careers in medicine has always been an inspiration for me. During medical school, I developed an interest in the biology of the blood and immune systems and how we could apply that knowledge to finding long-term cures for high-risk diseases. Pediatric bone marrow transplantation allows me to combine my scientific interests with my love of working with children and their families. My approach to care is based on the belief that you know your child best, so your input is essential to treatment planning. I’m committed to using every tool in our toolbox in order to provide the best outcome possible. This includes relying on all the data we have at our fingertips, exploring clinical trial opportunities and making decisions that are patient-specific.

Ann Dahlberg
What personal experiences with cancer have informed your approach to care?

I know several people who have been affected by cancer. One person was treated here at SCCA, and I came with her on some of her visits. Her physician spent a lot of time with us. I was impressed with the way he had his pulse on her desires and wishes, creating a treatment plan that honored them while also helping her husband navigate the situation as a caregiver. Watching their interactions reinforced the significance of the words we choose. What we say as physicians has a lot of impact on patients; it has the power to instill hope.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Leukemia, other blood-related cancers

I am a board-certified hematologist-oncologist who specialize in pediatric bone marrow transplantation. I provide care for children with a variety of malignant and non-malignant diseases with a focus on patients who have leukemia. At Seattle Children’s, I also direct the Bone Marrow Transplantation Transition Clinic, which provides long-term follow-up care for children who have received a transplant to treat leukemia.

One of the most satisfying aspects of my career has been the ability to work closely with patients in the present while striving to improve the care we provide in the future. As a clinical researcher, I study cord blood transplantation. This form of transplant involves collecting blood-forming cells, known as stem cells, from the umbilical cord after a baby’s birth. These stem cells can be used in the treatment of leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. Another primary research interest is developing strategies to reduce the risk of leukemia relapse after a transplant.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Stanford University
Medical Degree
Harvard Medical School
Residency
University of Washington School of Medicine, Pediatrics
Fellowship
University of Washington School of Medicine, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Board Certification
Pediatrics, 2019; Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 2019; American Board of Internal Medicine
Languages
English

Research

Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

Study ID:
Complete title
Identifying Predictors of Poor Health-Related Quality-of-Life among Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Donors
Study ID:
Complete title
A Multicenter Safety Study of Unlicensed, Investigational Cryopreserved Cord Blood Units (CBU's) Manufactured by the National Cord Blood Program (NCBP) and Provided for Unrelated Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation of Pediatric and Adult Patients
Study ID:
NCT01351545
A Multicenter Access and Distribution Protocol for Unlicensed Cryopreserved Cord Blood Units (CBUs)
Complete title
A Multicenter Access and Distribution Protocol for Unlicensed Cryopreserved Cord Blood Units (CBUs) for Transplantation in Pediatric and Adult Patients with Hematologic Malignancies and Other Indications

Publications

Many of our SCCA physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this SCCA provider has written.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Team coordinator (TC)
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.

Insurance

SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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