A Message from the Director

Cancer is a dreaded disease, which will affect virtually all families. Over the past decades significant progress has been made that has led to better early detection of cancer, better treatment of cancer, and better quality of life for patients living with cancer. Our division has achieved national recognition for its excellence in patient care and its pioneering achievements in the development of novel cancer therapies, cancer immunology, translational research and cancer genetics.

Since 2008 the Division has recruited 20 new faculty members and has significantly expanded the scope of its expertise in the various subspecialties of Hematology and Oncology, including the addition of a multi-disciplinary myeloma clinic, the only one of its kind in Alabama.

Our fellowship program provides outstanding training opportunities in medical oncology, hematology, clinical, translational and basic research. The vast majority of the Fellows trained in Hematology and Oncology at UAB obtain dual board certification.

We are committed to providing high-quality cancer care with a focus on patient safety, increasing our understanding of cancer through research, and developing new diagnostic and treatment options.

And now, we are delighted to announce the recruitment of a new Division Director, effective January 1, 2015. Internationally renowned cancer research, Ravi Bhatia, MD will take the helm of the division as a professor of medicine and as deputy director of the UAB comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Bhatia and his wife, Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH, an acclaimed cancer researcher in her own right, come to UAB from City of Hope in Duarte, California, where Ravi Bhatia specializes in leukemia research.

We are honored to have both of them join our team and we look forward to great things ahead. To read more about them and their interests and accomplishments, please click on the following link to the UAB News.
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Sincerely,

Lisle Nabell, MD
Professor of Medicine
Interim Director, Division of Hematology/Oncology
The University of Alabama at Birmingham