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Leona A.

Physician & Research Faculty
Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington
Sites of Practice
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center - South Lake Union

Photo: Fred Hutch

Education, Training, Board Certifications 

  • M.D., University of Miami 
  • Ph.D., Harvard University 
  • Residency, UW 
  • Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology, UW 
  • Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine 
  • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Clinical Expertise  

  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation 
  • Hematologic malignancies 
  • Leukemia 
  • Lymphoma



Research and/or clinical interests 

Dr. Leona Holmberg is an immunologist and physician who specializes in blood stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy. She studies the relapse of cancer after an autologous transplant — one that uses a patient’s own stem cells. The weakness of a patient’s immune system immediately following a transplant may contribute to the high rate of relapse, and her research focuses on trying to augment the immune system after an autologous transplant. To test ways of reducing relapse, she is engaged in numerous clinical trials of drug combinations, including the use of immunotherapy drugs and vaccines, to bolster a patient’s post-transplant immune function.