Derek L. Stirewalt M.D.

 Derek  L. Stirewalt M.D.


Dr. Stirewalt earned his Bachelor's degree from Davidson College in 1988 and his M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School…

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Patient Care Philosophy

I currently attend at the FHCRC Bone Marrow Transplant service at the UW Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; I oversee a team of highly motivated staff members who ensure outstanding care for these very sick patients. As part of this team, I work hard to ensure that all details of their care are attended to and patients receive the intensive counseling that ensures they understand the potential risk and benefits of this aggressive, but potentially life-saving approach. For me, it is critical that patients are provided not only with outstanding care but understand the hurdles that they will face along the road to a potential cure.

Personal Interests

Tennis, golf and painting.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Stirewalt’s clinical interest involves the improvement of care for patients with hematopoietic malignancies. As such, he actively examines potential methods and approaches that may help to better target therapies ranging from small molecular inhibitors to very aggressive therapies such as transplantation for the appropriate patient populations.

Research Interests

Dr. Stirewalt’s research examines the biology of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) biomarkers and methods to use these biomarkers to improve the care of patients with this disease. This research has been funded through independent awards from NIH and other agencies. He is a nationally-recognized as a leader in the field of AML biomarker research, having extensive experience in the design, methods and analyses of quantitative RT/PCR assays, mutation studies, RNA profiling and novel RNA. His work has led to publications in Nature Cancer Review, Blood, and Leukemia on these topics, as well as, strong collaborations with other leaders in this field. In addition, he currently serves on several national committees or grant reviews such as Southwest Oncology Leukemia Committee and American Federation of Aging Research National Advisory Grant Review Group.


Univ. of North Carolina SOMMedical education1992
Univ. of North Carolina School of MedicineInternship
Univ. of North Carolina School of MedicineResidency
Univ. of North Carolina School of MedicineResidency
UW - Hematology-Oncology Fellowship ProgramFellowship


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineMedical Oncology1999
Dr. Stirewalt earned his Bachelor's degree from Davidson College in 1988 and his M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School in 1992, where he also completed his internship and residency in internal medicine. He subsequently completed an Oncology Fellowship at the FHCRC/UW in 1999. After this fellowship, he was offered and accepted a faculty position at the FHCRC with a joint appointment at the UW. He has remained at the FHCRC since that time. Dr. Stirewalt currently holds an appointment as an associate professor at University of Washington and associate member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Over his tenure at FHCRC and UW, he has become a very active member of the faculty – residing on or overseeing multiple committees such as IRB, FHCRC Clinical Division Appointments Committee, chair of the Nonmyeloablative Transplant Committee, and director of the FHCRC/UW Leukemia Repository.

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