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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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 ...

Alexander H Stegh, PhD

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.

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...

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 lym...

Anaadriana  Zakarija, MD

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, MD

Assistant 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.

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...

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.

Barbara  Pro, MD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Clinical trials

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

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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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