Paul S. Martin, MD

Fred Hutch
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Oncology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Medical Oncology
“I believe that honest, straightforward communication is key to providing compassionate, comprehensive and highly personalized care. I strive to learn from, educate and collaborate with all my patients.”
— Paul S. Martin, MD
What do you enjoy about working with patients who have blood diseases?

Throughout my medical career, I have been inspired by the strength and resilience of oncology and hematology patients. I learn from my patients on a daily basis how to negotiate the balance between what we can control in life and what we can’t. The most rewarding aspect of my job is the unique bond that comes from working with patients and their family members during what is often one of the most challenging times of their lives.

Paul S. Martin, MD
How do you like to work with patients?

I believe that honest, straightforward communication is key to providing compassionate, comprehensive and highly personalized care. I strive to learn from, educate and collaborate with you in order to mutually formulate treatment plans that incorporate not only the most relevant and up-to-date medical evidence, but also your individual goals and preferences. Rather than always leading the discussion, I often prefer to facilitate it, so that you feel empowered to share what’s important to you.

Provider background

Specialty: Medical Oncology

Blood cancers and non-malignant blood disorders

I am a board-certified hematologist-oncologist with Fred Hutch who provides care at UW Medical Center - Northwest. I specialize in treating patients with hematological malignancies, such as lymphoma, as well as other blood disorders. In addition to working directly with patients, I also help coordinate clinical trials at Northwest Hospital in order to offer the most cutting-edge therapies to our patients. My own research interests include exploring novel therapies for hematological malignancies and more personalized, precise treatment options.

Community Oncology

Our mission is to provide patients with the highest quality, personalized care closer to home. As part of Fred Hutch, our community oncologists offer patients multidisciplinary tumor board opinions, clinical trials and expertise in treating a variety of cancers.

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. Lymphoma Cancer that begins in the cells of the immune system. There are two basic categories of lymphomas: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Cancer that begins in cells of the immune system. There are two basic categories of lymphomas. One is Hodgkin lymphoma, which is marked by the presence of a type of cell called the Reed-Sternberg cell. The other category is non-Hodgkin lymphomas, which includes a large, diverse group of cancers of immune system cells. Non-Hodgkin lymphomas can be further divided into cancers that have an indolent (slow-growing) course and those that have an aggressive (fast-growing) course. These subtypes behave and respond to treatment differently. Both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas can occur in children and adults, and prognosis and treatment depend on the stage and the type of cancer.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
University of Washington School of Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program
Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 2016, American Board of Internal Medicine; Hematology, 2016, American Board of Internal Medicine; Internal Medicine, 2013, American Board of Internal Medicine


Clinical trials

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


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

Your care team

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


Fred Hutch 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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