Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine

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

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Elizabeth A Eklund, MD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma

Sheetal M Kircher, MD

Assistant 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.

Derek A Wainwright, PhD

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

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 ...

Young Kwang Chae, MD, MPH, MBA

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Personalized Cancer Therapy, Precision Medicine, Early Phase Clinical Trials, First-in-Human Study, Novel Combination Cancer Therapy, Targeted therapy, Immunotherapy, Biomarker Study, Novel Drug Development, Novel Drug Delivery System, Adaptive Clinical Trials Design, Cell Signaling Pathway, Immune Checkpoint Pathway

Kehinde U.A. Adekola, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Interested in stem cell/bone marrow transplantation for malignant and non-malignant disorders, and patient outcomes after these transplants. Interested in cancer health disparities specifically in hematologic disorders. Interested in global health with improvement in outcomes for hematologic and oncologic conditions in all regions.

Leo I Gordon, MD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

The overarching goal of my involvement in translational research is to improve the outcome of patients with lymphoma. With scientists in the US and abroad, we are currently investigating novel signaling pathways in lymphoma, using cell lines and animal model systems. More specifically, our research focuses on the biology of reactive oxygen species signaling pathways in lymphoma. Active investigations include: 1) the biology of the lactone diterpenoids in lymphoma; 2) the development of all trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and curcumin loaded nanodisks as a drug delivery vehicle in mantle cell lympho...

David J VanderWeele, MD, PhD

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.

Judith A Paice, PhD, RN

Research Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Judith Paice, PhD, RN is the Director of the Cancer Pain Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and a Research Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University; Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also a full member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Paice has served as President of the American Pain Society and Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Much of Dr Paice’s clinical work has been in the relief of pain associated with cancer and HIV disease. She has traveled widely within the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, K...

Jeffrey A Sosman, MD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

I have been an active clinical investigator vested in the immune-based therapy of melanoma. This has led to my role in the clinical development of initially Interleukin-2 and more recently anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD1/PDL-1. While checkpoint therapy has been a great breakthrough in cancer treatment, additional immune-based strategies are still critically needed. Efforts to identify mechanisms of resistance to checkpoint inhibitors and approaches to overcome de novo and acquired resistance are one of my major interest. In addition I have ongoing efforts in the personalized therapy of melanoma with ...

Aparna Kalyan, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

My primary interests are in developing novel therapeutic combinations for the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. I am interested in incorporating immunotherapy and molecular testing into clinical trials.

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Diversity and Inclusion

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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Housestaff Research Portal

Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training 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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Terri Dillon

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Contact Terri Dillon for more information on supporting the Division of Hematology-Oncology at 312-503-4837 or terri-dillon@northwestern.edu.

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