Medicine Hematology PA (MHP) Service

Director: Julieann Grant, MD, PhD

A novel service initiated in 2010, the Medicine Hematology Physician Assistant (MHP) service is an important expansion of the Division and serves as a model for the successful delivery of inpatient specialty care by General Medicine Hospitalists. The service provides care to patients with malignant hematological diseases in close collaboration with each patient’s hematologist at Michigan Medicine. Care provided on the service frequently includes consolidation or re-induction chemotherapy, chemotherapy on clinical trials, care after complications from chemotherapy (e.g., neutropenic fever), and end of life care. Hospitalists within the Division attend year-round on this service, complemented by four full-time physician assistants, a Heme/Onc clinical pharmacist, a clinical assistant, social worker, and care manager.

The MHP team works closely with Dale Bixby, MD, PhD, who is the team’s hematologist liaison with the Hematology/Oncology division. In addition to providing care to the patients on the MHP service, the MHP attending leads adult codes and responds to adult rapid response calls requiring back-up that occur in the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital. At night, one nocturnist covers the MHP and Bone Marrow Transplant services and the emergency response responsibilities at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital.