Joanne L. Lang, ARNP
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Blood and bone marrow transplantation
Each patient I see is more than an individual — they’re connected to a child, a sibling, a partner or a friend. They’re part of a family and community outside of the hospital, and I provide care with that in mind.”
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.
One day, a woman stopped in on the floor where I was working to say hello. At first, I didn’t recognize her. But when I looked into her eyes and heard her voice, I realized she was a patient I had taken care of. She looked so different — her hair had grown out and she wasn’t pale anymore — but that spark inside her was still the same. Working in inpatient care, I don’t usually get to see people once they’re released from the hospital. To have her come back and tell me how well she was doing made me feel like I was part of her success. That day, she let me share in her remission, and I’ll never forget it.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) who has served on the bone marrow transplant service since 2009. Currently, I provide inpatient care at UW Medical Center, where I work with those who are being treated for a variety of malignant and non-malignant blood disorders. My expertise includes caring for patients undergoing a transplant as well as receiving immunotherapies or other treatments as part of a clinical trial. In addition to providing care, I am the inpatient advanced practice provider lead. In this role, I mentor new ARNPs and physician assistants and fulfill other leadership responsibilities.
How do you like to work with patients?
Each patient I see is more than an individual — they’re connected to a child, a sibling, a partner or a friend. They’re part of a family and community outside of the hospital, and I provide care with that in mind. I also strive to create a comfortable, calm and inclusive atmosphere. There’s no question that’s too frivolous, and I’m always available; even if I’ve just left the room, I will always come back. I’ll do everything I can to guide you through this experience and help you reach your goals, whether that’s a cure, remission or symptom relief.