Brandon K. Hadland, MD, PhD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Pediatric bone marrow transplantation, hematopoietic stem cell biology, developmental hematopoiesis
One of the things I love about pediatrics is the way kids persevere through adversity. They never stop being kids, even during difficult treatments; it’s really inspiring to support them as well as their families.”
What do you enjoy about being a pediatric hematologist-oncologist?
During my fellowship, I cared for a young boy with lymphoma. I was there with him throughout diagnosis, remission and relapse. We worked together as he went through a bone marrow transplant and for a long time afterward as he dealt with health complications. What amazed me about him was that throughout that whole experience, whether he was in the clinic or the hospital, he was always in great spirits. Every day I saw him, he had a new joke to tell me. One of the things I love about pediatrics is the way kids persevere through adversity. They never stop being kids, even during difficult treatments; it’s really inspiring to support them as well as their families.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation
I am a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in pediatric blood and bone marrow transplantation. At SCCA and Seattle Children’s, I provide care for young patients who are undergoing transplantation to treat cancers, such as leukemia, as well as non-malignant diseases.
At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, I lead a lab that studies the origin of hematopoietic (blood-forming) stem cells. Our goal is to generate new sources of blood stem cells that could one day be used to correct inherited diseases, such as bone marrow failure syndromes. My colleagues and I also study how blood cancers are able to become resistant to chemotherapy and other treatments. We hope to identify new targeted cancer therapies that have fewer side effects and help prevent disease relapse.
What is your approach to care?
The pace of medicine moves quickly these days, yet one of the most important things I can do as a clinician is take time to sit and listen. I see you and your child as valued members of the care team. Parents, in particular, often have unique insights about their children that help us make treatment decisions and provide optimal care. I want you to be well-informed, so I strive to be open, direct and kind in my communication.
Harvey Mudd College
Washington University School of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine, Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Internship, University of Washington School of Medicine