Sonali M. Smith, MD

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Elwood V. Jensen Professor in Medicine Chief, Section of Hematology/Oncology

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

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Dr. Sonali M. Smith is an expert in the care and treatment of adults with all types of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She has a special interest in new agents for lymphoma, as well as stem cell transplantation and its role in improving the survival of patients with relapsed lymphomas.

An active researcher, Dr. Smith is involved in the development of promising agents for patients with non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphoma. She is principal investigator on a number of innovative clinical trials. Many of the trials incorporate the collection of tumor and blood samples to study the effects of treatment on cancer cells through collaborative laboratories.

Dr. Smith frequently lectures to both physicians and patient groups on these topics. She serves on several national committees charged with improving treatment options for patients with lymphoma, providing physician education, and providing reliable information for patients through established websites. Dr. Smith also frequently performs peer reviews of research being considered for publication in major medical journals. Additionally, she has won several teaching awards at the University of Chicago.

Medical Education

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Residency

  • Northwestern Medicine

Fellowship

  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2001

Board Certifications

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Spanish
Immunotherapy and Using the Body to Fight Cancer

Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps the immune system to fight cancer. Oncologists Michael R. Bishop, MD, and Sonali Smith, MD, discuss  how it’s revolutionizing the way we treat certain blood cancers.

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Sonali Smith, MD, Undaunted by the challenges of lymphoma

Two decades after committing her career to lymphoma, Sonali Smith, MD, remains devoted to finding better treatments for this complex cancer and bringing them to patients quickly.