K. Scott Baker, MD, MS
I’ve been practicing medicine long enough now to be able to follow patients for 15 to 20 years after their blood or bone marrow transplant, and what always brightens my day is getting cards and letters from people I’ve treated. For example, one spring I received a high school graduation announcement for a boy I had transplanted when he was 15 months old. Along with the announcement, his mother had included a picture of him as a toddler, around the time of his transplant, and a current photo. Looking at him now, you would never know that he had been sick a day in his life. What a reward it is to see these kids growing up and reaching milestones.
My goal is to provide information and guidance to help you make the best decisions possible, both for your child and your family. Part of that process also involves learning from you; each family has something to teach me about their priorities and what they’ve been through. I also hope to offer peace of mind. Facing the need for a blood or bone marrow transplant is a stressful situation. The treatment is intense, complex and does not come without risk. But at SCCA and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, you’re in some of the best hands in the world. I don’t think you could be in a better place to receive a transplant.
Specialties and clinical expertise: Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation
I am a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in pediatric blood and bone marrow transplantation. My primary clinical focus is using transplant to treat children and young adults with non-malignant blood disorders, such as bone marrow failure syndromes, primary immunodeficiencies and histiocytic disorders. I also treat patients with cancers such as acute myeloid leukemia. In addition to providing care, I direct the Survivorship Program and the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Fred Hutch.
My research is focused on better understanding the long-term health effects of transplantation. I have led studies investigating the effects of childhood cancer treatment on the heart, lungs, kidneys, hormones and reproductive system. At Fred Hutch and Seattle Children’s, I lead participation in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. This multi-institutional study tracks the health outcomes of childhood cancer survivors. I also lead clinical trials investigating the use of transplantation in young patients with non-malignant conditions.
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