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Asra Ahmed, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine


Dr. Ahmed is a medical hematologist/oncologist with a clinical focus on lymphoma, myeloma and coagulation disorders. She was raised in Toledo, Ohio, and completed her undergraduate training at the University of Akron. After receiving her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Dr. Ahmed completed a residency in internal medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. She then completed fellowship training in hematology/oncology at U-M.

Ammar Alzoubi, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine


Dr. Alzoubi earned his medical degree from the University of Aleppo, Syria and completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. He focuses on the evaluation and management of patients with benign and malignant hematological illnesses.

Kathleen Beekman, M.D.
Lecturer, Internal Medicine


A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Beekman completed a medical oncology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her clinical specialty is genitourinary malignancy, specifically developing novel therapies for prostate and renal cell cancer patients.

Mwe Mwe Chao, M.D.
Lecturer, Pediatrics


Dr. Chao received her medical degree from the University of Maryland, and completed a pediatric residency at Indiana University - Riley Hospital for Children, and a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at U-M. Dr. Chao is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. Her research interests include molecular mechanisms of infant leukemia, development of standard-of-care policies for medical issues commonly encountered by pediatric blood and marrow transplantation patients, and therapy for chronic graft-versus-host disease.

Rebecca Elstrom, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine


Dr. Elstrom received her medical degree from and completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical practice will focus on malignant hematology, specifically the treatment of lymphoma.

Brent Hollenbeck, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor, Urology


Dr. Hollenbeck completed both his residence training in urology and his fellowship in laparoscopic urologic oncology at the University of Michigan, after earning his medical degree from Indiana University. Dr. Hollenbeck augmented his training by earning a master's of science in research design and biostatistics from the U-M School of Public Health. His clinical practice spans the spectrum of urological oncology, including prostate, kidney, bladder and testis cancer. His research interests include patient-reported outcomes and improving quality of care among urologic oncology patients.

Brenda Kitchen, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics


Dr. Kitchen, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received her medical degree from the Washington University, St. Louis. She completed her residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. Previously, Dr. Kitchen, who focuses on the treatment of pediatric solid tumors, was a fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the National Cancer Institute and an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, and was in private practice in pediatric hematology/oncology in Fairfax, Va.

Choon-Kee Lee, M.D.
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine


Dr. Lee completed a medical degree at Chonnam National University, Korea, and fellowship training in hematology/oncology at Chonnam University Hospital and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Prior to joining the U-M faculty, Dr. Lee was director of the Allogeneic Transplant Program at the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy at the University of Arkansas. He specializes in hematology/oncology, multiple myeloma and stem cell transplantation. His clinical research focuses on graft-versus-myeloma effects following allogeneic stem cell transplant in myeloma patients, and developing new ablative regimens for autologous transplantation.

Shin Mineishi, M.D.
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
Clinical Director, Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic


Dr. Mineishi received his medical degree from the University of Tokyo. After residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, he completed fellowship training at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Mineishi was previously chief of the Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Service at the National Cancer Center in Tokyo, Japan, and was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. His research interests include reduced-intensity stem cell transplantation, graft-versus- leukemia effect and graft-versus-host disease.

Bryan Schneider, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine


Dr. Schneider earned his medical degree from Indiana University and completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at U-M. A medical oncologist, his clinical focus is thoracic oncology including lung cancer, mesothelioma and thymoma. His clinical research focuses on lung cancer.

Sandra Wong, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology


Dr. Wong received her medical degree from Northwestern University and completed her general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. After a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she served as Chief Administrative Fellow, Dr.Wong joined the U-M faculty, focusing on melanoma, sarcoma and gastrointestinal cancers. Her research interests include clinical trials, surgical decision making and clinical outcomes.

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