Filippo Milano, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Cord Blood Transplant Program
Fred Hutch
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutch
Medical Oncology
“It’s very important that when I care for my patients, I can provide the best. And working with a collaborative team of nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and volunteers who all put our patients first supports that.”
— Dr. Milano
What do you enjoy about working in oncology?

When I left my home country, Italy, my intention was to stay here only six months — but it’s now been a decade. I decided to stay because of the quality of work that I have found here. It’s a very exciting time to be in our field; a lot of things are changing. I had to do a fellowship twice in my life and I always tell my patients that between the first and second fellowship, at least 60 percent of what I’d learned from the first fellowship had changed. Over a span of 12 years, the information I learned in my first fellowship was already “prehistoric.” New findings come up every year, and that leads to better clinical outcomes for patients, so don’t give up hope.

What is your approach to patient care?

My philosophy is to care for my patients with respect and compassion. I communicate with my patients and know that I am a part of their life; it is something I keep in my mind all the time. It’s not just about what drug is used — the way physicians interact with their patients is just as important. I love that. I love meeting new people and building those relationships with my patients and their families. My patients will remember my funny accent, and I’m going to remember something about each and every one of them.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Adult Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Cord blood transplantation

As a hematologist-oncologist, it is important for me to spread the word that for patients who do not have a bone marrow donor match, a cord blood transplant can be a very good treatment option. Fred Hutch's survival rate for cord blood transplant patients has outcomes equivalent to what we see with other transplant types.

Bone marrow The soft, spongy material in the center of your bones that produces all your blood cells, such as white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Cord blood transplant A transplant for patients whose own stem cells have been destroyed by radiation or chemotherapy. It uses stem cells in blood from newborn umbilical cords to replace the blood-forming stem cells. Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
University La Sapienza Rome, Italy, Hematology
University of Washington, Hematology-Oncology
PhD, University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy


Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch 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.

Study ID:
Infusion of Expanded Cord Blood Cells in Addition to Single Cord Blood Transplant in Treating Patients With Hematologic Malignancies
Complete title
Infusion of Off the Shelf ex vivo Expanded Cryopreserved Progenitor Cells (Dilanubicel)) in the Setting of Single Cord Blood Transplantation for Patients with Hematologic Malignancies
Study ID:
CPX-351 Versus Immediate Stem Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of High-Grade Myeloid Cancers With Measurable Residual Disease
Complete title
A Randomized Trial for Patients with High-Grade Myeloid Neoplasms with Measurable Residual Disease (MRD): CPX-351 vs. Immediate Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Study ID:
Cord Blood Transplant With OTS for the Treatment of HIV Positive Hematologic Cancers
Complete title
Infusion of off-the-shelf ex vivo Expanded Cryopreserved Progenitor Cells to Facilitate the Engraftment of a Single CCR532 Homozygous or Heterozygous Cord Blood Unit in Patients with HIV and Hematological Malignancies


Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

Your care team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care 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 doctor and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your doctor and serves as your scheduler.


Fred Hutch 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.