Jordan Gauthier, MD, MSc
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Blood cancers, bone marrow transplantation, CAR T-cell therapy
I see every patient encounter as a precious opportunity to help, engage and learn.”
Why do you practice hematology-oncology?
The meaningful connections I make with patients are part of what I enjoy about this specialty. One of my favorite memories is bonding with a patient who was undergoing a bone marrow transplant. He was a talented engineer and would show me pictures of all the amazing objects he built. He also taught me all about Japanese dog breeds and, I hope, I was able to teach him about the workings of the immune system. Not only did we develop an easy rapport, but we learned from each other, and I was grateful I could accompany him on his journey.
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
I am a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in treating blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma. My expertise includes caring for patients receiving blood and bone marrow transplantation (BMT) as well as immunotherapies.
Much of my research so far has been focused on improving outcomes for patients treated with BMT or chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. This cellular immunotherapy engineers T cells (a type of immune cell) to attack tumors. Through my work, I have identified factors that can help predict the success of CAR T-cell therapy for patients who have leukemia and lymphoma. My background also includes international research collaborations through the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
What’s it like to work with you?
I strive to be mindful of your life story beyond your disease, learning about your goals for care, your support system and what activities bring you joy. Depending on your interest and level of comfort, I like to share with you what’s going on beneath the surface of a symptom or disease process, discussing the biology of what’s happening so you know why you aren’t feeling well — or why you’re feeling better. As much as possible, I try to prepare you for what to expect during the treatment process so that you aren’t caught off guard by symptoms or side effects.