Colin Godwin, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN), hematology
Many of the patients I work with display such a generosity of spirit, lifting up others in their lives even as they deal with the consequences of a serious illness.”
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had an impact on you.
I was caring for a patient in the hospital who had refractory acute myeloid leukemia, which means that her treatment had not been successful. She was experiencing some vision loss and other symptoms that were affecting her quality of life. Yet despite all this, she was so warm and appreciative of her health care team. Many of the patients I work with display such a generosity of spirit, lifting up others in their lives even as they deal with the consequences of a serious illness.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am a board-certified hematologist-oncologist who specializes in treating patients with blood cancers, such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes. In addition to working with patients, I also research antibody-based immunotherapies for AML. Antibodies are proteins in the blood that attack foreign substances like bacteria or viruses. My colleagues and I are studying how to direct antibodies to target AML cells, with the goal of creating new therapeutics.
One of the benefits of doing both research and patient care is that each experience inspires and informs the other — I know what new treatments are coming down the pipeline, and I also really understand the need for those treatments.
What do you want patients to know about working with you?
I like to start at the beginning by learning what personal and medical factors have prompted you to come see me. Whether it’s a first appointment or a subsequent visit, I think patients and families appreciate that I’m attentive, thorough and transparent. My goal is to provide information, support and guidance so that you can navigate the challenges ahead and achieve your goals for care. I also approach medicine with a sense of humility, keeping up on the latest scientific literature but never assuming that I know everything.
Washington University School of Medicine
University of Washington, Internal Medicine
University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology
Internal Medicine, 2015; Hematology, 2018; Medical Oncology, 2018; American Board of Internal Medicine
Master, Churchill College, University of Cambridge