Dr. Ueda treats patients with leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and graft-versus-host-disease. She specializes in bone marrow transplantation.
I believe that treatment should be individualized, not only on a molecular or scientific level, but also catered to each patient's unique situation, beliefs, and life experiences. I strive to get to know patients and guide them in understanding their disease and treatment as much as possible. The goal is to make a shared decision in often difficult situations.
Bone marrow transplantation, long-term follow-up
- Assistant Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
- BA: Case Western Reserve University
- MA: Case Western Reserve University
- MD: Case Western University School of Medicine
- Residency: University of Washington
- Fellowship: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University
Languages: English and Japanese
From a young age, Masumi Ueda, MD, was fascinated with biology and her interest in the subject continued to grow in college. Not only was she drawn to science, she also enjoyed meeting and helping people.
"Naturally, I was drawn to medicine because it is a unique field where science and humanities intersect," Dr. Ueda says. "I worked in a free clinic in Cleveland during a summer in college, and this really solidified my decision to go into medicine."
Dr. Ueda's decision to go into cancer care specifically was influenced by a medical school professor at Case Western University School of Medicine who gave a lecture on cancer biology and the development of one of the first targeted therapies in cancer, imatinib. She later had the opportunity to follow the same professor in the outpatient clinic and experienced the privilege it is to help patients facing serious conditions. "From that time I never considered any other specialty," she says.
Alongside her time in clinic with patients, Dr. Ueda conducts clinical research in blood and marrow transplant and acute leukemia. She has an interest in the prevention and treatment of disease relapse after allogeneic transplant. Additionally, Dr. Ueda is interested in optimizing current therapies through better pharmacodynamic monitoring using technology such as multi-parameter flow cytometry.
For the future of cancer treatment, Dr. Ueda hopes that transplants can be offered successfully to more patients who may not be considered ideal transplant candidates either due to suboptimal performance status or high-risk disease. "With continued investigation of innovative transplant approaches and therapies given after transplant, I hope we are able to provide cure for more patients with leukemia," she says.
In her free time, Dr. Ueda enjoys staying active by running, playing tennis, hiking, skiing and exploring the Pacific Northwest. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.