Paul A. Carpenter, MD

"One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is the privilege of forging long-term relationships with families who are faced with what must be one of the most challenging experiences of their lives caring for a child with a life-threatening disorder that is potentially treatable by stem cell transplantation. When I see patients, I try to listen attentively and maintain open communication. I focus on empowering patients and their families with evidence-based knowledge and offering them treatment options that focus on quality of life."

  • Paul Carpenter, MD, is attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) and professor at the University of Washington, with a focus on graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). He supervises junior attending staff on the pediatric hematopoietic cell transplant service at FHCRC. His local responsibilities include long-standing contributions to the FHCRC Standard Practice Committee and Standard Practice Manual.

    He chairs a Data Safety Monitoring Board for multiple FHCRC protocols and serves on the FHCRC Scientific Review Committee and one of the two Institutional Review Boards. His clinical and research interests focus on GVHD, which is the major and potentially lethal complication of hematopoietic cell transplant. His research continues to explore new therapies for the treatment of acute and chronic GVHD, and he is an active member in the national efforts to advance the field of chronic GVHD treatment. He is studies therapies designed to ameliorate key morbidities associated with chronic immunosuppressive therapies, such as bisphosphonate therapy for glucocorticoid-induced bone disease and the use of statins to treat hyperlipidemia. He has designed and participated in studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of tyrosine kinase inhibitors as post-transplant therapy for high-risk Philadelphia chromosomepositive leukemias and for the treatment of chronic graft versus host disease. He is currently a principal ivvestigator of the inaugural Blood and Marrow Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) Phase II/III 0801 trial for chronic graft-versus-host-disease.

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  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2017 Seattle Magazine 2017
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2016 Seattle Magazine 2016
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2016 Seattle Magazine 2016
    Newsweek Health: Top Cancer Doctors 2015 Newsweek 2015


Board Certification(s)

General Pediatrics (Non-ABMS)

Medical/Professional School

University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales


Pediatrics, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney


Pediatric Oncology, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney
Pediatric Hematology Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Graft vs. host disease, Long-term follow-up after hematopoetic cell transplantation