About the Section

The Section of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Chicago is the largest subspecialty section in the Department of Medicine. It is comprised of over 50 full or part-time faculty members, including 10 Ph.D. research faculty, 22 fellows and a professional staff of over 180 full or part time employees that are devoted to a mission of excellence in research, patient care and education. Over the past five years, the Section has enjoyed unprecedented growth in its clinical and research activities. This has been the result of the continued success of senior faculty, the targeted recruitment of new program leaders in Leukemia and Transplant/Lymphoma, and the dedicated efforts to recruit, train and mentor young investigators.

Research Accomplishments

The activities of the Hematology/Oncology faculty encompass a broad range of research activities in both basic and clinical domains. The Section is a national leader in research efforts in the development of new insights in the treatment of cancer and blood disorders. The Section has an active and robust research program that is represented by direct faculty award and /or participation ( via subcontracts) in over 60 federally funded grants, approximately 100 non-federally funded research projects and over 150 industry sponsored clinical trials all of which represents nearly $36M in funding. Our well established research activities are supported by a number of sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and many non-federal granting agencies such as the American Cancer Society. Research training is supported by an NCI-sponsored training grant which provides training for both PhD and MD post-doctoral investigators.

Education and Training

The multi-faceted academic program offered by the Section of Hematology /Oncology includes education for medical students, interns, residents, and fellows. Education within the Section consists of instruction at all levels of participation--outpatient clinics, inpatient areas, and laboratories with active student participation.

The Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program is directed by Dr. Kenneth Cohen. Each year six fellows are accepted into the training program that has been funded through an NIH training grant for 17 years. Trainees are exposed to a wide spectrum of clinical hematology/oncology and have a variety of research options to pursue. There is opportunity for joint training in Clinical Pharmacology and Geriatric Oncology as well.

Clinical Programs

The Section of Hematology/Oncology specializes in the treatment and study of adult hematologic and oncologic diseases in a multidisciplinary approach. Specialists treat approximately 3,000 new patients with malignant diseases each year. In addition, the Section faculty manages an inpatient service and a general consultation service. The Hematology/Oncology Section at The University of Chicago has continued it's recognition as one of the best cancer programs in the nation.