Sandhya Panch, MD, MPH

Fred Hutch
Associate Professor, Division of Hematology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Medical Director of Transfusion
Fred Hutch
Hematology Oncology
“I am a fan of just walking down the hall and talking to my colleagues in person. That human connection really makes a difference. My biggest eureka moments have happened during hallway conversations. Bouncing ideas off others helps generate better ideas.”
— Sandhya Panch, MD, MPH
How would you describe your approach to care?

I’ve really learned to look at the person as a whole. There’s a common saying that goes, “A good physician treats the disease; a great physician treats the patient.” I always request an hour to meet with the patient because it’s important that I get to understand their social situation and support system. Once you’ve created a rapport, you can really understand what this person needs and what kind of follow-up they’ll need going forward. Research shows that the time you spend at this first meeting makes all the difference. The knowledge and care we offer should translate to comfort, hope and healing with the patient. 

Provider background

Specialty: Hematology Oncology

Hematology Oncology

I bring 16 years of experience in treating patients with hematological issues. Working in the hematology group, I treat patients with blood disorders and blood cell disorders such as immune thrombocytopenia hemolytic anemia and Evans syndrome.

Anemia A condition in which the number of red blood cells is below normal.
Education, experience and certifications
Medical Degree
Bangalore Medical College
Master's Degree
University of Minnesota, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center, Internal Medicine
Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health, Hematology/Oncology/Transfusion Medicine
Board Certification
Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American College of Pathology


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