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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

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

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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.

Shuo Ma

Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Dr. Ma' clinical and research interests are focused on chronic lymphoid malignancies,including chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Dr. Ma directs the clinical and translational research initiatives in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) to develop and study novel treatment agents for the treatment of CLL. Her translational investigations have included novel biologic agents, mechanisms of drug resistance and immunotherapy. Dr. Ma is the Principal Investigator for a number of investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials studying new exciting treatments agents f...

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.

Hau C Kwaan

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Hematology and Oncology, with special interest in Thrombosis and Bleeding Disorders and in Fibrinolysis.

Jane N Winter

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Hodgkin's disease, Leukemia, Lymphoma

Leonidas C Platanias

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

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

Peng Gao

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

Lisa E Flaum

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.

Al B Benson

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Colon cancer, Gastric cancer, Pancreas cancer, Rectal cancer

Kehinde U.A. Adekola

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.

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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

We invite your philanthropic partnership in helping us achieve our research and teaching missions each day.

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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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