Neel S. Bhatt, MBBS, MPH

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Physician
Seattle Children's
Specialty:
Medical Oncology
“The biggest reason I practice this type of medicine is the connections I make with patients and families. ”
— Dr. Bhatt
What makes this work meaningful for you?

When I was a trainee, I cared for a teenager with leukemia. He was a dedicated, high-achieving student when cancer struck, but he underwent treatment and recovered pretty quickly. Around the same time, my fellowship ended and I moved on to SCCA/Seattle Children’s. He reached out to me through social media and we were able to reconnect; he shared how well he was doing and that he already had three college acceptance letters. I keep in touch with several of the patients I treat, and it’s so gratifying to see them thriving. The biggest reason I practice this type of medicine is the connections I make with patients and families. 

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What do you want patients to know about working with you?

Patients always come first in my practice, and while I enjoy celebrating with you when things are going well, I make sure to stand side by side with you when they aren’t. I like to know about you as a person — who you are outside of your disease, what issues you’re facing and what your support system is like — and I’m always open to hearing what I can do to take better care of you and your family. One of my particular interests is whether patients are able to return to school or work after cancer therapy ends. I want to support you in working toward your life goals and helping you succeed. 

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Area of clinical practice

Pediatric blood and marrow transplantation

Leukemias, lymphomas and non-malignant blood disorders

I specialize in treating children and young adults with lymphomas, leukemias and non-malignant blood disorders who receive stem cell transplants. Prior to joining SCCA and Seattle Children’s, I completed a fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in cancer survivorship. Now, as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, I provide inpatient care to those undergoing stem cell transplants and outpatient follow-up care to long-term survivors of transplant. 

My research is focused on improving health outcomes and quality of life for children and young adults with cancer. In addition to studying patient-reported outcomes, I analyze large multi-institutional and international databases to identify the problems that long-term survivors of childhood cancer and stem cell transplants frequently encounter. This information can aid clinical decision-making for patients all over the country. 

Benign Not cancer. Benign tumors may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body. Hematologist A physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues. Nonmalignant Not cancer. Nonmalignant tumors may grow larger but do not spread to other parts of the body. Also called benign. Stem cell A cell from which other types of cells develop. For example, blood cells develop from blood-forming stem cells.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
B. J. Medical College
Medical Degree
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Residency
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Pediatrics
Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cancer Survivorship
Board Certification
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, 2019, American Board of Pediatrics; Pediatrics, 2015, American Board of Pediatrics
Languages
English

Research

Clinical trials

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

Publications

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

Press

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Your care team

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

Insurance

SCCA 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.

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