Hematology and Oncology

About Us

The Division of Hematology and Oncology is focused on improving patients’ therapeutic options and quality of life while working to better prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and hematologic disorders.

Our division houses laboratory-based investigators focused on a broad array of topics, including chemoprevention, cell signal pathways, epigenetics, immune-modulation, and nanotechnology theranostics.”

– William J. Gradishar, MD

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What We Do

Faculty: Meet the Team

View individual profiles of our faculty members and learn about their research and clinical specialties.

Ami N Shah

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

I am dedicated to providing the high-quality and compassionate care for patients with breast cancer. I am interested in clinical research with a focus on developing clinical trials of novel agents for the treatment of all stages of breast cancer and investigating biomarkers to guide therapy decisions.

Jonathan Moreira

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Dr. Jonathan Moreira is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. After receiving dual bachelor degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he returned to his native Chicago, where he received a medical degree from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. He then went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He returned to Chicago to complete a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Northwestern University’s...

Derek A Wainwright

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Medicine (Hematology and Oncology), Microbiology-Immunology and Neuroscience

Our laboratory utilizes DNA sequencing, gene expression profiling, proteomic analyses, flow cytometric methodology and many other basic techniques to pursue goals that are ultimately translatable for improving health and overall survival in patients with brain cancer. Although our research is primarily focused on malignant glioma, with a special emphasis on glioblastoma, we are also interested in pursuing incurable pediatric brain tumors, as well as metastatic tumors that invade the brain/spinal cord. It is our sincere hope that, the basic mechanistic investigations that we carry out, uncover ...

Anaadriana Zakarija

Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

The diagnosis and treatment of bleeding disorders and their complications. Evaluation of causes of thrombosis and education regarding treatment and prevention of thrombosis.

Priya U Kumthekar

Associate Professor of Neurology (Neuro-oncology) and Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

My interests include treating primary brain tumors such as gliomas and meningiomas. I also have a specific interest in metastatic disease to the brain from systemic cancers such as melanoma, lung and breast cancer and lead multiple trials in both primary brain tumors and metastatic disease. I am interested in providing novel care to my patients while maintaining quality of life.

David J VanderWeele

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Dr. VanderWeele did his medical and research training at the University of Chicago, where he developed a research program characterizing the heterogeneity and evolution of the cancer genome. He moved to the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, where he continued to seek to improve the treatment of prostate cancer based on patients’ specific genetic changes. He returned to Chicago in 2018 to join the GU cancer team at Northwestern University, where he continues to translate discoveries made at the bench into improved therapies in the clinic.

Sheetal M Kircher

Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

My clinical interests include treating gastrointestinal malignancies. My research interests are on improving the quality of cancer care and better understanding the trends in use and expenditure of services and drugs. I am also interested in evaluation of cancer-related health policies.

Alexander H Stegh

Associate Professor of Neurology (Neuro-oncology) and Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Our research program is aimed at understanding the genetic program that underlies the pathogenesis of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most prevalent and malignant form of brain cancer. Applying a combination of cell/molecular biology, oncogenomic and mouse engineering approaches, we are dedicated to systematically characterize novel gliomagenic oncogenes and tumor suppressors. We will functionally delineate and validate these pathways towards pharmaceutical opportunities using sophisticated cell culture and animal models.

Jindan Yu

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

The primary research focus of the lab is to understand aberrant transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of prostate cancer. We utilize high-throughput genomic techniques in combination with bioinformatics/statistical analysis to generate hypothetical concepts. We then test these hypotheses using traditional molecular or cellular biological approaches and examine the functional relevance of innovative mechanisms using in vitro cell line and in vivo mouse models. Transcription factors of particular interest to us include androgen receptor (AR), FoxA1, Polycomb group protein (EZH2), and the Ets...

Robert J Lewandowski

Professor of Radiology (Vascular and Interventional Radiology), Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Surgery

I am primarily interested in loco-regional therapies to treat primary and secondary liver cancers. I am involved in both pre-clinical and clinical studies along these lines. I am also very interested in the use of IVC filters in patients with venous thromboembolic disease.

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The department works toward an environment of inclusion and support through the Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council and through several dedicated events and initiatives.

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We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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