William P. Hammond M.D., F.A.C.P.

William P. Hammond M.D., F.A.C.P.
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  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Oncology


Dr. William Hammond is a medical oncologist who sees patients at SCCA Medical Oncology at UW Medicine's Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.

As a sophomore in college William Hammond struggled with choosing a major. We called it a ‘field of concentration, and I sought a special teacher for counsel. After he listened to me for more hours than I deserved, the teacher said, ‘You’re not looking for a major, you’re looking for a life work. Have you ever considered medicine?’ Shortly after, my brother came home rather precipitously halfway through his junior year abroad at the Sorbonne with terrible ulcerative colitis, nephrotic syndrome, and a pulmonary embolus. His near-death experience with the clot sealed my fate—medicine it was!

Blood and cancer were rather accidental choices for Dr. Hammond however. His brother’s disorders seemed immunological, piquing his interest in mechanisms of disease, leading him to consider an academic career. When plans to return to his mentors’ program in Boston to study the hematologic processes of immunosuppression and immune tolerance fell through, he met Clement Finch and E. Donall Thomas in Seattle. I fell in love with scientific care in hematology and oncology. The heady days of starting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, working with the bone marrow transplant team, and studying stem cell biology led to hematologic malignancy care and general oncology, a merging place for scientific medicine and caring for those in desperate need.

Having recently served as an associate investigator in SWOG (a cancer research cooperative group that designs and conducts multidisciplinary clinical trials to improve the practice of medicine in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors), a number of Dr. Hammond’s patients have been enrolled in clinical trials advancing the practice of clinical oncology. Two areas particularly worthy of pursuit in his eyes are the application of understanding mechanisms of disease and carcinogenesis to treatment, potentially as “targeted therapy” along with personalization based upon thorough understanding of individual differences in both susceptibility to cancer and response to treatment modalities that are genetically determined. In addition, Dr. Hammond believes that prevention of cancer could be dramatically improved by social policies that discontinued subsidizing of businesses that promote multiple diseases including cancer such as the tobacco industry subsidies.

Patient Care Philosophy

My passion for excellence in personalized medicine requires both deep understanding of the science of medicine and a strong connection to the individual’s values, hopes and dreams. I believe that patients don’t care what I know until they know that I care. My hope is that my own care will affirm the values of my patients, and that I will encourage our entire team to live for our patients’ values.


Institution Credential Year
Tufts University School of Medicine Medical education 1972
UW - Division of General Internal Medicine Internship
UW - Division of General Internal Medicine Residency
UW - Dept. of Medicine Fellowship
University of Washington SOM Teaching Appointment
Degree Institution Year
MD Tufts University School of Medicine 1972

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Internal Medicine Hematology (Int Med) 1978
American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine 1975
American Board of Internal Medicine Medical Oncology 1979