What is a hematologist?

A hematologist is a doctor who treats conditions that affect your blood. These might be problems with red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, bone marrow, blood vessels, lymph nodes or even the proteins involved in helping the blood clot. Anemia, hemophilia and other blood disorders are specialties of a hematologist.

Hematology is often tied to oncology, the treatment of cancer, and some doctors are known as a hematologist/oncologist. Their specialty is diagnosing and treating blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Pediatric hematologists/oncologists treat children.