Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Medicine

Hematology and Oncology

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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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Faculty: Meet the Team

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Maha H.A. Hussain, MBChB

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Maha Hussain, MD, FACP, FASCO, is the Genevieve Teuton Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Medicine, and the Deputy Director at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a practicing oncologist, internationally renowned expert and clinical researcher in genitourinary oncology particularly prostate and bladder cancer. Her clinical research has contributed to impacting the standards of care for patients with metastatic hormone sensitive and castration resistant prostate cancer. P...

Panagiotis  Ntziachristos, PhD

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

The Ntziachristos laboratory studies the mechanistic aspects of oncogenesis with an emphasis on transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of acute leukemia. Up to 25% of children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia will fail frontline therapy and their prognosis is dismal. Cure rates for patients relapsing on therapy are approximate 20%. While patients with later relapses have a better prognosis, the majority eventually succumbs to the disease (overall cure rate 40 to 50%). Important questions in our laboratory are related to how oncogenes interact with each other and with epigenetic modulator...

Marcus Ernst Peter, PhD

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

The lab of Dr. Marcus E. Peter studies various forms of cell death including apoptosis, which is a fundamental process to regulate homeostasis of all tissues and to eliminate unwanted cells specifically in the immune system. Another interest lies in the study of RNA interference and based on toxic RNAs to development a novel form of cancer treatment. The laboratory is located within the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern University.

Leonidas C Platanias, MD, PhD

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

chronic leukemias, multiple myeloma, non-hodgkin's lymphoma

Al B Benson, MD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Colon cancer, Gastric cancer, Pancreas cancer, Rectal cancer

Ami N Shah, MD

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.

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.

Lisa E Flaum, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

My clinical practice involves the medical treatment of breast cancer in women and men with a particular interest in young women with breast cancer. My clinical research endeavors involve chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, and novel therapies for the treatment of breast cancer. I am interested in ways to optimize and individualize breast cancer treatment based on patient characteristics as well as tumor specific molecular profiles.

Bin  Zhang, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Microbiology-Immunology

Cancer immunology and immunotherapy. The Zhang laboratory functions as an integrated translational research program with the goal of designing and developing new immunotherapies and immunologic strategies for cancer treatment. The ongoing projects are focused on dissecting the molecular mechanisms used for tumor immune evasion based on the cutting-edge technical platforms.

William J Gradishar, MD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

My clinical domain is breast cancer management. My clinical research interest focuses on the development of novel therapies for the treatment of breast cancer. Clinical trials focusing on precision medicine for defining the right therapy, for the right patient at the right time is our goal. To that end, molecular interogation of breast tumors are leading to novel trial design that will hopefully translate into better outcomes for our patients. In conjuction with the developmental therapeutics program, novel agents are being incorporated into clinical trials for patients with both early and ...

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