Cancer Experts

Alan Blank, MD

Orthopedic Oncology | Orthopedic Surgery
Alan Blank is an orthopedic oncologist who diagnoses and treats any sort of lump, bump or growth on someone's muscles, tendons or bones. He performs limb-salvage surgery in adults and children, and also treats a number of general orthopedic conditions like hip and knee arthritis.


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Andrew Zloza, MD, PhD

Cancer Research | Vaccines, Therapies
Andrew Zloza is a physician scientist whose research focuses on microbial-based cancer therapies, cancer immunotherapy and cancer vaccines. He is an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy.

Media Clips:
Can the Flu Shot Fight Cancer? New Research Suggests it Can
Flu vaccines may shrink tumors and boost cancer treatment


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Ken Tatebe, MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology
Languages: English, Japanese

Ken Tatebe is a radiation oncologist specializing in tumors of the central nervous system and spine. He also specializes in gynecologic cancer.


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Mary J. Fidler, MD

Thoracic Oncology | Lung Cancer
Languages: English, Spanish

Mary J. Fidler is a thoracic oncologist with an emphasis on lung cancer treatment. She has been the national principal investigator for clinical trials testing a series of immune and chemotherapy combinations.

Media Clips:
Roundtable Discussion: Fidler Breaks Down the Steps for Targeted Treatments in Metastatic NSCLC


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Sean Grimm, MD

Brain Cancers
Sean Grimm is a neuro-oncologist who treats patients with primary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors, spinal cord tumors and patients with neurologic complications from cancer. He is chief of the Section of Neuro-Oncology at RUSH.

Media Clips:
5 Facts You May Not Know About Brain Tumors


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Summer Dewdney, MD

Gynecologic Oncology
Summer Dewdney is a gynecological oncologist specializing in cervical and ovarian cancers. Her research and civic leadership is focused on eliminating racial disparities in both forms of the disease.

Media Clips:
One cancer is almost 100% preventable. And Chicago is making a move to eradicate it.


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Ruta Rao, MD

Breast Cancer
Ruta Rao is director of RUSH's Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Breast Cancer Clinic. She has led national clinical trials leading to the development of new therapies for women with HER2-positive breast cancer.

Media Clips:
Case 3: Distant Metastases in Triple-Positive Breast Cancer


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Sam Pappas, MD

Pancreatic, Stomach Cancers
Languages: English, Greek

Sam Pappas is the chief of surgical oncology at RUSH. He specializes in pancreatic, esophageal, stomach and liver cancers. Pappas speaks nationally on the use of robots in cancer surgery. 

Media Clips:
4 Facts About Pancreatic Cancer


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Steven Gitelis, MD

Bone Cancers
Steven Gitelis is the director of the Musculoskeletal Oncology RUSH Cancer Center. He specializes in orthopedic oncology and limb reconstruction. Gitelis is noted for developing new prosthetic technologies that have prevented limb amputations for hundreds of osteosarcoma patients.

Media Clips:
RUSH Performs Country's First Ever Cold Plasma Adjuvant Therapy


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