Syed Abutalib, MD
Assistant Director, Stem Cell Transplant & Cell Therapy Program, Hematologist & Medical Oncologist
Midwestern Regional Medical Center
"I listen to patients and their families to address their specific concerns, and I work in harmony with the hospital’s multidisciplinary clinicians to provide an integrative care plan that is both understandable and agreed upon by each patient and his or her family."
- Syed A. Abutalib, MD
- Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan
Internship / Residency
- Internal Medicine - Cook County Hospital, Chicago
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- Hematology & Oncology - University of Illinois at Chicago
Practicing Since: 2008
Dr. Syed Abutalib always treats his patients as though they are family members—not merely as “diseases, medical records or numbers.” When an opportunity came along in 2008 to join Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern), where doctors, practitioners and support staff members treat patients with such high regard, dignity and compassion, Dr. Abutalib couldn’t resist.
Dr. Abutalib places the care for his patients and their families first and foremost. He believes in creating an atmosphere that facilitates open, honest, three-way patient, caregiver and doctor communication, which is why he is always accessible to his patients and their families. Dr. Abutalib’s care reaches far beyond the walls of Midwestern, as he routinely provides patients and family members with his cellphone number to call should they ever need to consult with him. The board-certified hematologic oncologist devotes ample time to each of his patients, empowering them to take an active role in their treatment plan.
Dr. Abutalib earned a medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed an internal medicine residency with an emphasis in hematologic malignancies at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with an emphasis on blood and bone marrow transplantation. During the same period of time, he was granted permission to pursue his interest in research at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, working with Martin S. Tallman, and at The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, working with Dr. Wendy Stock. While working on his fellowship, Dr. Abutalib voluntarily spearheaded the Thrombosis and Homeostasis conference at UIC, in addition to a variety of other educational projects.
As the Assistant Director of the Stem Cell Transplant & Cell Therapy Program at CTCA® at Midwestern and co-leader for the CTCA enterprise-wide Hematologic Malignancies Cancer Institute, his role has been expanded to assess and deliver well-designed, patient-focused clinical trials to all CTCA hospitals throughout the country and introduce new medical education strategies on a global scale.
Dr. Abutalib has co-edited many hematology and bone marrow transplant books and has been published in a number of medical journals and textbooks. Dr. Abutalib is the associate editor for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) magazine, The ASCO Post. He is also the reviewer for the journal Blood Reviews and the update editor for one of the leading textbooks, Hematology, Basic Principles and Practice (7th edition) by Hoffman. Additionally, he has presented at clinical conferences and meetings on a variety of topics related to hematologic disease, including the Chicago Lymphoma Society.
Dr. Abutalib is an associate professor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where he is involved in educating and mentoring medical students. He is also an active member of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), ASCO and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplant (ASBMT™). He continues to collaborate with other experts in the area of hematology/oncology to explore new medical breakthroughs and treatment options in order to better educate, treat and care for his patients.