Brandon K. Hadland, MD, PhD

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
Medical Oncology
“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. ”
— Dr. Hadland
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. 

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. 

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Malignant and non-malignant blood disorders

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. 

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Harvey Mudd College
Medical Degree
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
ASH Scholar Award

Sponsored by the American Society of Hematology, this 2018 award supports Dr. Hadland’s research in blood stem cells.


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.


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.


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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