K Scott Baker, MD, MS

K Scott Baker, MD, MS


  • Children's Title: Section Chief, Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Academic Title: Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Research Title: Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch Cancer Center
  • Foundation Title: Gerald and Gloria Swanson Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Research
  • Research Center: Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research
  • On Staff Since: April 2009
"As a physician involved in the field of blood and marrow transplantation, I have the opportunity to offer patients and parents hope for the cure of many potentially life-threatening diseases both malignant and nonmalignant. That fact, along with the intensity of transplant as a treatment, creates a strong bond between physician and patient. The reward for doing this comes many years later, when I receive a high-school or college graduation announcement and realize that what I did gave that person a chance for life."
  • Biography

    K. Scott Baker, MD, MS is a member in the Clinical Research Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program and Cancer Survivorship Program at Seattle Children's Hospital and Fred Hutchinson.

    This program is one of only eight centers in the US designated by the Lance Armstrong Foundation as a LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and in cancer survivorship and serves on the Cancer Control and Late Effects steering committee of the Childrens Oncology Group and is a member of the Late Effects and Health Policy Committees for the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.

    Dr. Baker's research interests are in the acute and long term-effects of HCT and are focused on the study of treatment related acute and long-term complications in survivors after transplant. This research forms the basis for his current grant support in which the incidence, risk factors, and characteristics of cardiac, pulmonary, renal, endocrine, reproductive late effects and quality of life outcomes in survivors are being studied. Additional studies are examining the "metabolic syndrome" and the early development of cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes in HCT survivors.

    Dr. Baker is the principal investigator for Fred Hutchinson and Seattle Children's Hospital for participation in the multi-institutional Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, which follows nearly 20,000 childhood cancer survivors. This study has made a tremendous number of scientific discoveries regarding the long-term outcomes in survivors after childhood cancer.

    Dr. Baker also serves as the principal investigator for several HCT clinical trials, particularly for treatment of children with hemophagoytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) and other primary immune deficiencies. For these patients, a novel type of transplantation designed to make HCT for patients with these disorders safer by utilizing a reduced intensity transplant preparative regimen is being investigated.

    Board Certification(s)

    Pediatric Hematology-Oncology


    University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, NE

    Clinical Interests

    Hematopoietic cell transplantation for non-malignant hematologic diseases
    Immune deficiencies
    Histiocytic disorders
    Cord blood transplantation
    Long-term complications of cancer therapy
    Etiology and risk factors for late effects in survivors after hematopoietic cell transplantation
    Metabolic syndrome
    Cardiovascular risk in cancer survivors

    Research Focus Area

    Translational Research

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