David Hedrick, MD - Adult Hematologist

Adult Hematologist-Oncologist

317.871.0000

Get to know Dr. Hedrick

Dr. Hedrick is a board-certified Adult Hematologist-Oncologist at the Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center (IHTC).

Education & Training

  • Indiana University School of Medicine | MD
  • Indiana University School of Medicine | Residency
  • Indiana University School of Medicine | Hematology-Oncology Fellowship

Certifications & Licensure

  • Indiana State Medical License
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Hematology American Board of Internal Medicine | Medical Oncology

Societies & Honors

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • Connective Tissue Oncology Society

Expertise & Special Interests

  • Hemophilia
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Solid Tumor Malignancies
  • Palliative Care

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis
  • St. Vincent Hospital, Carmel
  • St. Vincent Hospital, Fishers
  • St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital
  • St. Vincent Heart Center
  • Indiana University Health
  • Indiana University Health North
  • Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital
  • Indiana University Health Saxony Hospital
  • Indiana University Health Morgan Hospital
Quote

"Communicating with patients is the best part of my workday. I love to sit and talk with my patients and their caregivers about their lives, their goals, and feelings—in addition to their disease and its treatments."

Publications

Ambulatory Advanced Cancer Patients’ and Oncologists’ Estimates of Life Expectancy Are Associated with Patient Psychological Characteristics But Not Chemotherapy Use. J Palliat Med. 2018 Jun 15. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0686. Cripe LD, Rand KL, Perkins SM, Tong Y, Schmidt KK, Hedrick DG, Rawl SM.

Medical Students’ Professionalism Narratives Reveal That Experiences With Death, Dying, or Palliative Care Are More Positive Than Other Experiences During Their Internal Medicine Clerkship. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2017 Feb;34(1):79-84. doi: 10.1177/1049909115609296. Epub 2016 Jul 11. Cripe LD, Hedrick DG, Rand KL, Burns D, Banno D, Cottingham A, Litzelman D, Hoffmann ML, Martenyi N, Frankel RM.

Effects of anti-microtubule agents on microtubule organization in cells lacking the kinesin-13 MCAK. Cell Cycle. 2008 Jul 15;7(14):2146-56. Epub 2008 May 7. Hedrick DG, Stout JR, Walczak CE.

A short interview with David Hedrick, MD - Adult Hematologist

What do you like about IHTC and its approach to care?

IHTC has as a core philosophy that we will do whatever it takes to get the patient the care they need. It may take a little more time and we might encounter challenges, but our staff and physicians work together to consistently get every patient the best care we can provide. One of the reasons that I chose to work at the IHTC is because I support their belief of equal access to excellent medical care for all.

What inspires you about your work?

I try as best as possible to match the care I provide to the patient’s own goals for their treatment. Sometimes in medicine, there is a single best option, but usually, there are several possible ways to diagnose and treat a symptom or disease. Many patients want the most aggressive care, but some are more interested in a watchful or minimal approach. I try to adapt my care to the patient’s needs and goals as often as possible.

What aspect of your work are you the most passionate about?

Communicating with patients is the best part of my workday. I love to sit and talk with my patients and their caregivers about their lives, their goals, and feelings—in addition to their disease and its treatments. I try to provide every patient with the time they need when they see me. Sometimes that is as little as a few minutes, but sometimes that can stretch longer or take place over several visits. I feel it’s important that no one feels rushed or unable to discuss everything they need.