Oyebimpe O. Adesina, MD, MS
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Hematolgy, Sickle cell disease, thrombosis, Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN)
I see my role as not only imparting wisdom and information, but also hope.”
Why were you interested in becoming a hematologist?
I had many varied interests, but hematology, including sickle cell disease, stood out because it affects every organ in the body and is varied. Hematology spoke to my interest of treating the whole person. You have to have a good understanding of physiology as well, which I find very intriguing. I am always thinking about the mechanism by which this disease came up and how we can address it. When you think about it, it’s kind of like detective work!
Specialties and clinical expertise
The branch of medicine a provider practices and their areas of focus
No two patients who have sickle cell disease are the same, even though it may seem like it on paper. Sickle cell disease affects every organ of the body, so you have to have a good understanding of general internal medicine, which keeps me on my toes. I’m constantly reading the latest papers and journals to keep up. Because it’s a disease that mostly affects people of color, it’s also a social drive for me to provide the best care to a patient population that may not be able to get comprehensive care.
What is a challenge you face in your job?
There are a lot of misconceptions about sickle cell disease and a lack of understanding of what the disease means. One thing I find challenging, but also rewarding, is educating others about the disease. I educate my patients and their family members, as well as other providers in the community, about sickle cell disease. I lead the adult sickle cell team at SCCA and have dedicated my life to this disease, so I am constantly learning and imparting what I know to my team and others. It’s so rewarding — especially when you see that “light bulb” turn on when teaching others.
University of California, Berkeley
University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco
Stanford University Medical Center, Internal Medicine
Stanford University Medical Center, Hematology-Oncology
Hematology, 2015; Internal Medicine, 2014, American Board of Internal Medicine
MS, Stanford University; Teaching Appointment, Stanford University Hospital