About us

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As the premier hematology/oncology program in the Pacific Northwest, we balance the twin aims of innovative, life-saving research and knowledge-driven, patient-focused cancer care.

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UW Division of hematology and Oncology

In 2023 the Divisions of Hematology and Medical Oncology combined to become the Division of Hematology and Oncology.


170+ faculty members specializing in every facet of blood disorders and cancer: detection, treatment, survivorship, research, and mentorship.

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Innovative and timely research, well funded by $58+ million from the National Institutes of Health, grants from other organizations, contracts with industry, and philanthropy.

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Patient care

Patient care sites spread out in Washington State, from the Olympic Peninsula to the foothills of the Cascades. Patients come from all around the world.

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Fellowship programs

Our three fellowship programs are developing the next generation of blood and cancer researchers and patient care providers.

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UW Medicine is committed to fostering and sustaining a working, learning, and healing environment that is diverse, equitable and welcoming of all people.

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Sara Hurvitz, M.D.Dr. Sara Hurvitz

  • Head, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Dr. Sara HurvitzMedicine, University of Washington
  • Senior Vice President and Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer CenterDr. Sara Hurvitz

History of the division of hematologyClem Finch

The first Division of Hematology head was Clement Finch, M.D. (1915-2009) who received his bachelor's degree from Union College (1936) and his medical degree from the University of Rochester (1941). He epitomized the ideal of the physician-scientist.


Former Division Heads

  • Janis Abkowitz, 2006-2023
  • Virginia Broudy, 2004-2006 (interim)
  • John Harlan, 1989-2004
  • John Adamson, 1981-1989
  • Clement Finch, 1949-1981

History of the Division of Medical OncologyDon Thomas

The Division of Medical Oncology was founded in 1963 by Nobel Laureate E. Donnall Thomas, M.D., who also helped found the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Thomas developed bone marrow transplantation as a treatment for leukemia and other hematologic malignancies.


Former Division Heads

  • Nancy E. Davidson, 2016-2023
  • F. Marc Stewart, M.D., 2013-2016 (interim)
  • Frederick R. Appelbaum, M.D., 1998-2013
  • Robert B. Livingston, M.D., 1986-1998
  • E. Donnall Thomas, M.D., 1963-1986


Open Positions for Faculty in the UW Division of Hematology and Oncology.