Christine Yennaco, PA-C, MPH, MCHS

Physician Assistant
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Teaching Associate, Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Clinical expertise
Bone marrow transplantation
“Working in the field of blood and marrow transplantation gives me the opportunity to practice complex medicine and to develop meaningful relationships with patients and families. ”
— Christine
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.

I was on the care team for a resilient young woman who was undergoing a second bone marrow transplant. At the time, she’d been hospitalized for several months due to multiple medical complications. During the holidays, her brother, dressed as Santa, arrived from out of town and surprised her at the bedside. Our team of providers, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and social workers gathered in her room for the wonderful surprise and shared in their moment of joy. It was a good reminder of the big picture — why we do what we do.

What personal experiences have informed your approach to care?

Several loved ones in my life have been affected by cancer. I remember feeling a sense of uncertainty and a loss of control as the people I cared about went through diagnosis and treatment. Those experiences motivate me to work with my team to keep patients as informed as possible. I strive to give thorough explanations about what to expect and to keep the non-cancer aspects of your life in perspective. I feel fortunate to work with such an innovative, dedicated team and very optimistic about the advances being made in oncology right now. 

Provider background

Specialties and clinical expertise: Bone Marrow Transplantation

Blood cancers and non-malignant blood disorders

I am a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in caring for patients who undergo a blood or marrow transplant. The goal of this treatment is to replace diseased marrow with healthy cells. Working in the field of blood and marrow transplantation gives me the opportunity to practice complex medicine and develop meaningful relationships with patients and families. 

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Boston University
Medical Degree
University of Washington School of Medicine
Board Certification
Physician Assistant, 2012, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant
Other
Master Public Health, Boston University
Languages
English
Spanish
Awards
John B. Coombs Leadership Award

Christine received this award in 2012 from the UW School of Medicine MEDEX program. The award honors students who serve as role models for their peers by displaying leadership qualities.

Mary Reed Award

Christine received this award in 2012 from the UW School of Medicine MEDEX program for achieving the highest GPA among students at all the training sites for that year.

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.

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)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
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.