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About John M. Pagel, MD, PhD

John M. Pagel, MD, PhD is Chief of Hematologic Malignancies and the Director of Stem Cell Transplantation at Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington.  Dr. Pagel earned his BA in biology and his PhD in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of California.  He then received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine where he graduated magna cum laude.  Following his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, he went on to do his oncology fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Pagel is also the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award, the Lymphoma Research Foundation Career Development Award, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Career Development Award. He has been the Principal Investigator on multiple awarded NIH grants including a K08, six RO1 grants and two R21 awards.  Moreover, he has led projects on three major NIH Program Project grants for over a decade and serves as a Core Principal Investigator on two other Program Project Grants.

Dr. Pagel’s research interests include the development and discovery of novel therapeutics for the treatment of blood cancers, including lymphomas and leukemias. His current research focuses on strategies for delivering innovative targeted immunotherapy agents to patients with hematologic malignancies.  Prior to joining Swedish he was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in the Division of Oncology and an Associate Member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.  Dr. Pagel has mentored over 35 junior faculty members and fellows and has directly helped their successful achievement of several NIH grants including 6 with K08 awards and 2 with K23 awards.  More than 10 fellows who Dr. Pagel directly mentored have gone to hold faculty positions at major institutions such as The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Duke University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has served as the principal investigator of numerous protocols and is also involved in several other ongoing clinical trials.  His research has resulted in over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including, but not limited to, the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, as well as numerous abstracts of papers at national and international meetings.


Present Chief of Hematologic Malignancies and the Director of Stem Cell Transplantation, Providence Swedish Cancer Institute

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Member, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
2010 - Present Member, Senior Editorial Board of American Journal of Blood Research
2006 - Present Member, European Association of Nuclear Medicine
2005 - Present Member, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
2005 - Present Member, Puget Sound Oncology Consortium
2000 - Present Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology
2000 - Present Member, American Society of Hematology
2000 - Present Member, Southwest Oncology Group
1996 - Present Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1994 - Present Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
2008 - 2014 Member, Institute of Translational Health Sciences
2007 - 2014 Member, Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium
2000 - 2005 Member, American Association for Cancer Research
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Honors and Awards

  • 2005 Damon Runyon Cancer Research Career Development Award
  • 2004 ASCO Career Development Award
  • 2004 Lymphoma Research Foundation, Career Development Award
  • 2002 ASCO Young Investigator Award
  • 1994 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, BU School of Medicine
  • 1994 Pathology Honor Society, Assoc. of Pathology Chairs, BU School of Medicine
  • 1993 American Academy of Family Physicians Leadership Award
  • 1991-1992 Howard Hughes Post-doctoral Research Award, UCSF
  • 1988-1991 National Institutes of Health Pre-doctoral Fellow, UC Irvine
  • 1986 University of California Undergraduate Research Award, UC Riverside
  • 1985 University of California Presidents Award, UC Riverside
  • 1982-1983 Ralph J. Bunche Academic Scholarship, UCLA
  • 1982 University of California Chancellor's Scholarship, UCLA
  • 1982-1986 Mountains Community Hospital Health Profession Scholarship, UCLA
  • 1982 Bank of America Academic Leadership Award, UCLA


1999 - 2002 Senior Fellow, University of Washington ‐ Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1997 - 1999 Resident, University of California, San Francisco ‐ Internal Medicine
1996 - 1997 Intern, University of California, San Francisco ‐ Internal Medicine
1992 - 1996 MD, Boston University ‐ School of Medicine
1987 - 1991 PhD, University of California, Irvine ‐ Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
1982 - 1986 BS, University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Biology

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