Bloodworks First Person: “I dream about curing hemophilia and owning a coffee shop in the Caribbean.”

June 6, 2018 at 12:42 pm

Welcome to Bloodworks First Person, a series profiling Bloodworks Northwest employees, volunteers and donors by asking them a few questions about their work and lives. Today you’ll meet Dr. Rebecca Kruse-Jarres, medical director of Bloodworks’ Washington Center for Bleeding Disorders which helps patients with hemophilia and Von Willebrand disease be healthy and independent.

Name: Rebecca Kruse-Jarres

Currently, I’m working on… keeping all the balls in the air.

A very dear patient and my wonderful mentor, Cindy Leissinger…sparked my interest in my field.

I chose to come to Bloodworks because… I wanted to work with a patient population and community I care for very much – in an environment filled with curiosity to understand and improve the care for bleeding disorders.

I get most excited about my work when… my patients and team are happy.

If I could tell blood donors one thing, it would be… thank you, thank you, thank you (I guess those are 3 things).

My blood type is… A neg.

On Saturday mornings you can find me… sipping a cup of coffee enjoying the view from my home (if I am fortunate enough to be there and not travelling to a meeting or conference).

I’m currently reading… a medical journal, but can’t wait for the next good book.

When I have an hour of free-time, you’ll find me… What hour of free time?

My secret talent is… Hugs. I love to give hugs

My favorite hobby is… building something and physical activity.

You’ll never find me without… the will to find a silver lining.

The best advice I’ve ever received is… to find a husband that makes you smile.

I dream about one day… curing hemophilia and owning a coffee shop in the Caribbean…or hiking all the trails of Washington…or building bookcases in my living room…or going skiing for a whole month…or sitting in an Airstream in a remote campground sipping coffee with my husband on an early summer morning.

Do you know someone who’s making a difference as a part of the Bloodworks community? Send your suggestions for future Bloodworks First Person profiles to feedback@bloodworksnw.org.