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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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.

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...

Sunandana  Chandra, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

I have an interest in the development of clinical trials, as well as studying novel biomarkers that may be used as prognostic and predictive tools in the management of melanoma and other advanced skin cancers, as well as cancer of unknown primary.

Chad A Mirkin, PhD

Professor of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Dr. Chad A. Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Prof. of Chemistry, Prof. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering, Prof. of Materials Science & Engineering, and Prof. of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a chemist and a world-renowned nanoscience expert, who is known for his discovery and development of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) and SNA-based biodetection and therapeutic schemes, the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) and related cantilever-free nanopatterning methodologies, O...

Barbara  Pro, MD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Clinical trials

Peng  Gao, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

PhD - Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); Post-doctoral scholar - Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Center at MUSC; Staff Scientist - Proteomics Center of Excellence at Northwestern University; Operation Director - Metabolomics Core Facility of RHLCCC at Northwestern University

Jindan  Yu, MD, PhD

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 ...

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,...

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.

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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