Hematologic oncology experts Michael Thirman, MD, and Olatoyosi Odenike, MD
Medical oncologists Michael Thirman, MD, and Olatoyosi Odenike, MD, specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and research of hematologic (blood) cancers.

Cancers of the blood (hematologic malignancies) affect the bone marrow, blood cells, lymph nodes and other parts of the lymphatic system. Malignancies in the blood interfere with normal blood cell production or function. As the cancer cells multiply, they stop your blood from performing essential functions such as fighting off infection.

Decades of scientific research and clinical trials have led to more effective treatments and better outcomes for the more than 150,000 people diagnosed with blood cancers each year. At the University of Chicago Medicine, we’re at the forefront of leading-edge research, the latest clinical trials and the newest treatments for leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Our patients have access to advanced treatments not available at most medical centers, such as stem cell transplantation and CAR T-cell therapy, a treatment that supercharges a patient's T cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells. Many patients receive stem cell transplants or CAR T-cell therapy on an outpatient basis, enabling them to return to the comfort of their home or nearby accommodations between treatments and appointments, rather than staying in the hospital.

In 2020 and 2021, the Center for International Bone and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR), an organization dedicated to improving survival, treatment and quality of life for stem cell transplant patients, released annual reports. UChicago Medicine is proud to have had the best one-year outcomes in Chicago and the highest relative to predicted outcomes. The CIBMTR reports now serve as a benchmark for future goals. Learn more about our work to achieve high survival rates for patients.

Offering the Most Advanced Care for Blood Cancers


We care for more than 300 patients with leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) each year, making our program one of the largest in Chicago.

Lymphoma (Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin)

We are at the forefront of developing new therapies for Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas, bringing the newest treatments to our patients as soon as they are available.

Multiple Myeloma

New medications, targeted therapies and cellular therapies have changed the landscape for patients with multiple myeloma. UChicago Medicine offers all of the latest treatments for this complex condition.



car t-cell therapy

CAR T-Cell Therapy

CAR T-cell therapy supercharges a patient's white blood cells to find and destroy cancer cells. UChicago Medicine research played a key role in the development of this exciting new immunotherapy.

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A high-performing hospital for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, according to US News and World Report.

High Performing in Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma

According to U.S. New & World Report's 2023-2024 rankings, UChicago Medicine is high performing in leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

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