Irwin D. Bernstein, MD
Division Chief
Douglas S. Hawkins, MD
Associate Division Chief


The Division of Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant provides the pediatric cancer care for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). The SCCA brings together the adult and pediatrics oncology programs of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) and the University of Washington Medical Center. The dedicated pediatric specialists moved into the new Building Hope in April 2013, expanding to a 48-bed Cancer Care Unit (CCU). The CCU includes a dedicated adolescent and young adult (AYA) floor, the first such AYA unit in the United States. Annually, we see more than 240 new patients from the WWAMI region.

Clinical Programs

The Hematology/Oncology Clinic offers multiple specialty services, including a bone tumor clinic, bone marrow transplant services, hematologic and sickle cell disease clinics, a multidisciplinary solid tumor oncology clinic, a neuro-oncology clinic, surgical oncology care, palliative care and radiation therapy.

Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of pediatric cancer experts treats 240 children newly diagnosed with cancer every year — more than any other institution in the region — and provides follow-up care to more than 3,000 children and adolescents.

We encourage families to coordinate with their primary care pediatrician or family physician when coming to Children’s specialists. To schedule an appointment, call 206-987-2106.

Research Programs

Our research activities to improve cancer treatment encompass internationally recognized programs at Children’s, the University of Washington and FHCRC. These activities have been responsible for the development of widely used clinical treatments, including hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and novel targeted therapy for treating acute myelogenous leukemia, brain tumors, and neuroblastoma.

Training Programs

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program was established in 1969. Fellows receive training and experience in both basic research and clinical research throughout the three years of training. Each fellow has an individualized research program. The available programs at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington and Children’s represent a wide variety of research opportunities. Research projects are tailored to meet the needs of individual fellows depending on their interests, previous training and experience.

For more information, please visit the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program webpage.