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Assistant Clinical Professor of Hematology Oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Leukemia

Ahmed M. Aribi, M.D., joined the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope as an assistant professor and staff physician. Before coming to City of Hope, Aribi was an instructor within MD Andersons Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine. Aribi completed fellowships at University of California, Los Angeles and MD Anderson, and before that was a resident and intern at Southern University in Springfield, Ill. He received his medical degree from Alfateh University School of Medicine in Libya. He is board certified in internal medicine and holds medical licenses in both California and Texas
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Chief Medical Officer
Melinda and Norman Payson Professor of Medicine
Professor of Hematology / Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
City of Hope National Medical Center

Malignant Causes of Fever in the HIV Infected Patient
Prevention of HIV Transmission: Current Strategies
The Power of Art in Medicine
AIDS Related Malignancies
Non-AIDS Defining Malignancies in HIV Infected Persons
HPV Infection Induced Malignancies
Cancer Caused by Infectious Organisms
AIDS Related Lymphoma
Primary CNS Lymphoma in HIV
Human Herpes Virus Type 8 (HHV8) Related Malignancies: Castlemans, Kaposis Sarcoma, Primary Effusion Lymphoma

Alexandra Levine, M.D., M.A.C.P., serves as chief medical officer of City of Hope, is the Dr. Norman and Melinda Payson Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director of Clinical Affairs for the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center. An internationally renowned expert in lymphoma, Hodgkins disease and AIDS-related malignancies, Levine oversees all clinical and hospital care programs, including quality of service, patient safety, clinical research, clinical information management and professional education. She is also Professor of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope. Levine was previously a distinguished professor and chair of the Division of Hematology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), and medical director of USC/Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital. Her research interests include lymphoma, Hodgkins disease and HIV/AIDS. For eight years, she worked with Jonas Salk, M.D., on the development and testing of an AIDS vaccine. Levine has also served as principal investigator or co-investigator on multiple major research grants, most funded by the National Institutes of Health. Levines scientific and clinical contributions have received national and international recognition. In 1995, President Clinton appointed her to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She also chaired the councils research committee. She has served as a member of the board of councilors of the National Cancer Institute and is a member of the Oncologic Drug Advisory Board of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She also served as an HIV/AIDS consultant to the health departments of Chile, Russia, India and China. Levine is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the International AIDS Society. In 2009, she was elected as a Master of the American College of Physicians. She is the recipient of the Lymphoma Research Foundation of Americas Evelyn Hoffman Memorial Award in recognition for her achievements in lymphoma research and patient care. An advocate for humanism in medicine, Levine was the inspiration for the Jerome Hellman film ÒPromises in the Dark,Ó a compassionate drama about a teenage girl fighting for her life, assisted by her female doctor played by Marsha Mason. Levine also served as a technical advisor on the film. Levine has published more than 300 articles and chapters, which have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Blood and the Journal of AIDS, among others. Levine received her medical degree from USC in 1971 and completed fellowships at Emory University in Atlanta and Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center.
Amazing – Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
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Assistant Clinical Professor of Hematology Oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Bone Marrow Transplant
Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

Amandeep Salhorta, M.D.,has joined City of Hopes Department of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation as an assistant professor following completion of his bone marrow transplant fellowship here at City of Hope. Dr. Salhotra received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree, as well as his medical doctorate in pediatrics from the Maulana Azad Medical College at the University of Delhi in India. He went on to serve as senior resident in pediatrics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, followed by a research fellowship in neuro-oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He then pursued a residency in internal medicine, and a hematology-oncology fellowship at St. Elizabeths Medical Center in Boston, MA. This was followed by an additional hematology-oncology fellowship at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA, before coming to City of Hope in 2012. Dr. Salhotra received the Arnold P. Gold award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching during his residency in internal medicine (2009), and the Farrow Fellowship award for translational cancer research in 2011, during his hematology-oncology fellowship. He has published nine articles in the peer-reviewed literature and 12 abstracts. He has been invited to speak at many national and international meetings.
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Director, Multiple Myeloma Program
Associate Director, Medical Education & Training, Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Professor of Hematology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Bone Marrow Transplant
Patient Focused Care in Multiple Myeloma

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Assistant Clinical Professor
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Ovarian Cancer

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Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Radiation Biology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Targeting Cancer with a Lupus Autoantibody

Dr. Lius laboratory aims to understand how defects in DNA synthesis and repair contribute to cancer pathogenesis and aging. Specifically, her team focuses on a set of proteins belonging to the RECQ family of DNA helicases are among the cancer suppressors linked to DNA repair, replication and genome maintenance. During the course of evolution, RECQ genes appear to have been amplified and diverged from a single copy of the RecQ gene in bacteria and yeast to five RECQ homologs in humans. The human RECQ proteins share many similar biochemical properties in vitro, yet these proteins are not redundant, as mutations in different RECQ proteins lead to different clinical syndromes including premature aging. In addition, a defect in one RECQ protein is sufficient to cause cell transformation and tumorigenesis, and this defect cannot be compensated by other RECQ proteins. Dr. Lius long-term agenda in dissecting the functions of individual RECQ proteins in human cells and comparing the similarities and differences among the RECQ proteins is to understand what aspects of genome maintenance and DNA metabolism are required for normal development and cancer prevention.
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Co-Director, Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research
Clinical Professor of Hematology-Oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Current and Emerging Treatment Strategies for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Blinatumomab as Bridge to Transplant

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Jan & Mace Siegel Professor in Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Associate Clinical Director, Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Director, Matched Unrelated Donor (MUD) Program
City of Hope National Medical Center

Lymphoma Management
Waldenstroms
Unrelated Donor Transplant

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Assistant Clinical Professor
Medical Oncology and Hematology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Colon Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Breast Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Lymphoma
Gastric and Esophageal Cancer

As an oncologist, Behnam Ebrahimi, M.D., is especially interested gastrointestinal malignancies such as colon and pancreatic cancer, of which he has published many abstracts and articles. He also specializes in treating hematological malignancies, lung and breast cancer. His personal hobbies and interests include spending time with his family taking trips and going to the movies. He also keeps in shape by running and working out. He states, “I am a firm believer in enrolling my patients in clinical trials, Im committed to researching the best possible treatments available for each patient.” Dr. Ebrahimi was selected a chief fellow while at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and awarded a National Cancer Institute Fellowship Research Grant. He is an active member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center

The Management of Metastatic Disease to the Central Nervous System
Contemporary Treatment for Head and Neck Malignancies
Evolution of the Treatment of Prostate Cancer
HPV, Cancer and Radiotherapy
Adjuvant Radiotherapy for Malignancies of the Breast
Paradigm Shift: Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for the Treatment of Localized Cancer

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