Janis L. Abkowitz M.D.

Janis L. Abkowitz M.D.

Specialties and Expertise





Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at South Lake Union

825 Eastlake Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98109
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Dr. Abkowitz is the head of the Division of Hematology and the Clement A. Finch professor of medicine at the University of Washington. She has been seeing patients with blood disorders and blood cancers since 1983 and enjoys her roles as a physician, medical researcher and educator.

Her laboratory research focuses on the molecular and cellular events that control red blood cell differentiation and thus studies how erythroid cells grow and how their differentiation fails in anemia and MDS. Dr. Abkowitz received her undergraduate degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard University and her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. After an internship and residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, she completed fellowship training at UW.

Dr. Abkowitz is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. She is listed as a Top Doctor by US News and World Report (2012) and the Seattle Met magazine (2103, 2014). She has worked abroad and travels extensively, often to developing countries - an experience that allows her to provide high quality appropriate care to persons from different backgrounds and who may have different perspectives on their illness.

In her roles as councilor to the National Institutes of Health (NIDDK, 2003-2007), president of the American Society of Hematology (2013) and member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, she is involved with clinical and research priorities and hematological leadership at the national level.

Patient Care Philosophy

I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families, solving difficult diagnostic problems and designing personalized treatment strategies.

Personal Interests

Travel, hiking, campling, backpacking and basketball.

Clinical Interests

Clinical research in anemia and MDS. Clinical care of these and other marrow failure disorders, myeloproliferative disease such as polycythemia vera and thrombocytosis, myeloma and leukemia.

Research Interests

Understanding clonal evolution in myeloproliferative disorders, studying the genomics of marrow failure and defining the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control red cell differentiation.


Harvard Medical SchoolMedical education1977
Beth Israel Medical CenterInternshipInternal Medicine
Beth Israel Medical CenterResidencyInternal Medicine
Univ. of WashingtonFellowshipInternal Medicine
Univ. of WashingtonFellowship


Board Certifications

American Board of Internal MedicineMedical Oncology1983
American Board of Internal MedicineHematology (Int Med)1982
American Board of Internal MedicineInternal Medicine1980
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