In this week’s edition of Making the Rounds, we’re joined by Dr. Gerhard Hildebrandt, division chief of hematology and blood and marrow transplantation at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Dr. Hildebrandt moved to the United States in 2009 after earning his medical degree in Germany.
What kinds of cancer do you treat?
We treat cancers of the blood and lymph system. We treat leukemia, we treat lymphoma, we treat multiple myeoma. We do treat benign disorders of the blood, like clotting disorders and bleeding disorders, but my special focus is in malignant hematology, which is really cancer of the blood and lymph system, and also bone marrow transplantation.
What do you most enjoy about your specialty?
I think that the chance to offer something, which, in a horrific moment in a patient’s life, can bring light – it’s just very satisfying. The other thing is, I do not fix and disconnect with the patients. I think in our field there are long-lasting relationships with the patients, and this is a thing which makes it unique and very exciting for me.
What do you want potential patients to know about you?
What I want them to know is that not only me, but our entire team really, really cares for them. And that we really spend the time they need. There’s no rush. My favorite slogan is always, “There’s no rushing medicine.” See, we do not rush patients in and out – that’s not what we’re here for. We’re here to help.
How would your friends and family describe you?
Ambitious, hardworking – maybe overly hardworking. But on the other side I’m very childish. You know, fun-loving.
Describe your ideal weekend.
I’d spend it with my kids. I usually take my son for swimming, and we usually have a movie night on one of those days where we watch a movie with the kids and try to spend some time with them.
Where is your favorite place you’ve traveled?
I think it’s Botswana. I did two trips to Botswana. I went on a cruise, and then I slept in the wild with no cellphone, no guns, no weapons. It was very interesting to sleep there and hear the animals close by with no fences.
What do you enjoy about living in Lexington?
It’s a very livable town. Very nice, very friendly. I like downtown. I think there are quite a few good restaurants and places to get a drink once and a while. It’s very green. Where I live I can bike through the backstreets, so that’s good.
Take a look at our video interview with Dr. Hildebrandt below. He speaks about what makes working Markey so unique.
- Bone marrow transplantation is a special therapy for patients with certain cancers or other diseases. Learn more about bone marrow and how transplantation works.
- Learn more about the UK Hematology and Blood & Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, which offers expert care for patients with blood disorders, including leukemia, lymphoma and anemia.