F. Marc Stewart, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Bone marrow transplantation
It’s an honor to serve you. You and your family are heroes to us all.”
Why did you become a physician?
When I was about 10 years old, I used to shadow my grandfather on his rounds at an Indiana hospital. Whistling through the halls, he was an affable guy who loved his work. He had a way of putting people at ease, no matter who they were or how bad they were feeling. What I witnessed as I trailed behind my grandfather in that hospital made medicine an easy career choice for me. His example has greatly influenced the way I relate to patients, their family members and my colleagues. Like my grandfather, I’m also known for whistling while I work; you’ll know I’m coming down the hall by the song in the air.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
As the medical director and vice president of SCCA, I oversee clinical care and monitor the quality of our outpatient services. I am also a medical oncologist who specializes in stem cell transplantation for patients with blood disorders. My research has focused on the biology of engraftment (when transplanted blood cells begin to multiply), cellular immunotherapy, drug safety and health care delivery, among other topics. I have also conducted clinical studies across other diseases, such as head and neck cancer, genitourinary cancer and germ cell cancers.
In addition to serving on the board of directors for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, I am also co-chair of its best practices committee. In this role, I helped launch a patient-safety campaign focused on the administration of the chemotherapy drug vincristine.
What is your approach to care?
Early on, I learned that empathy, compassion and respect form the foundation of effective medical care, and I strive to embody those qualities in my practice. My goal is to provide safe, state-of-the-art therapies that align with your preferences. We’ll discuss in detail what the standard of care for your particular type of cancer is and what clinical trials might be a good fit. From the beginning, I think it’s important to explore quality-of-life issues such as what side effects you’re willing to endure and how various treatments could impact your everyday life.