Sonali Smith, MD- Named Elwood V. Jensen Professor

June 01, 2017

Sonali Smith, MD, Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology) has been named the Elwood V. Jensen Professor effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Smith is an internationally recognized expert in lymphoma therapeutics who has made outstanding contributions to the field through her clinical care, education and clinical research. As Director of the Lymphoma Program for the University of Chicago Medicine, Dr. Smith’s clinical research interests are in the development of new agents and rational combinations in the management of both treatment-naïve and relapsed/refractory lymphomas. She has a special interest in the prognosis and biology of lymphoma, with an ultimate aim to personalize approaches based on individual risk factors.

Dr. Smith completed her medical and internal medicine residency training at Northwestern University where she also served as Chief Resident. In 1998 she joined our Hematology/Oncology fellowship program where she served as chief fellow for one year. Upon completion in 2001, she was appointed to the faculty as an Instructor and successfully advanced through the academic ranks to Assistant Professor (2003) , Associate Professor (2008) and was recently promoted to Professor of Medicine on March 1, 2017.

Dr. Smith currently serves in a number of leadership positions with national and international visibility. She is Vice-Chair of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) Lymphoma Committee where she oversees clinical trial development at the cooperative group level and mentors faculty across the country. She is the incoming chair of the Continuous Professional Development Committee for the American Society of Oncology (ASCO) and currently serves as the chair of the ASCO Women in Oncology Subcommittee, and is also served as scientific track leader for Lymphoma/CLL for the 2017 Annual Meeting. She is an active member of the American Society of Hematology and is currently co-editor of Hematology, the society’s annual education book and recently served as an elected representative to the American College of Radiology. Dr. Smith is also co-chair of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) Lymphoma Working Group, and is currently studying the role of stem cell transplantation for patients with high-risk follicular lymphoma. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Cancer, and serves as a member of NCI’s Lymphoma Steering Committee and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF).

Dr. Smith is also a highly regarded and dedicated educator and mentor. She recently co-chaired the Lymphoma Research Foundation‘s (LRF) 2017 Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program and chairs the LRF’s Chicago Rounds. She is an elected fellow of the PSOM’s Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators and a Senior Faculty Scholar in the Bucksbaum Institute. She has chaired, organized and given lectures at the International John Ultmann Chicago Lymphoma Symposium, now in its 14th year. As a scholar, she has published over 140 publications and lectures extensively to peers and/or patient audiences nationally and internationally.