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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Syed Abutalib, MD

Assistant Director, Stem Cell Transplant & Cell Therapy Program, Hematologist & Medical Oncologist

CTCA Chicago

"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 Abutalib, MD

Patient Rating

4.8 / 5
64 Ratings

About Our Ratings

Medical degree

  • Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

Internship / Residency

  • Internal Medicine - Cook County Hospital, Chicago

Certification(s)

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Fellowship(s)

  • 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), Chicago, 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 our Chicago-area hospital, 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® Chicago 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.

Patient ratings and comments

The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurrence. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/9/2018
Dr. Abutalib was very thorough explaining my disease. He told me after my testing was over that we would sit down and he would have a plan for my specific situation. After the sit down he once again explained everything that he was going to do and the phase I was in with the disease. I have already recommended CTCA to everyone I have spoken with at my work. I am very impressed with the entire staff.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/9/2018
I have the up most respect and confidence in all my doctors, and I already tell the world about them, not that I have too.

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/2/2018
Knowledgeable, approachable. Very clear explanation of treatments and results.

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/2/2018
I am a [...] year survivor. My folllow ups are always thorough and efficient.

Patient rating

5 / 5
7/9/2018
Dr A. is amazing

Patient rating

5 / 5
7/1/2018
God bless them forever.

Patient rating

5 / 5
6/26/2018
both of my doctors are fantastic

Patient rating

5 / 5
6/26/2018
Dr. A is the best.

Patient rating

5 / 5
6/20/2018
[...] and Dr. "A" are amazing. My scan revealed some issues after [...] years. However Dr. Abutalib assured me on the spot not to worry and he made the appropriate decision to see me sooner for the next scan. He then said only God will know, hugged me and told me he loved me. No where else but here!

Patient rating

5 / 5
5/13/2018
outstanding experience

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About our star ratings

The patient star ratings are an average of all responses to physician-related questions on our nationally recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) measures patient satisfaction as part of our effort toward continuous improvement in all aspects of the patient experience. We partner with Press Ganey®, a third-party-validated organization with over 30 years of experience supporting over 26,000 health care organizations, to survey our patients about their recent experiences at CTCA®.

Why is this information important?

CTCA is committed to transparency. Not only do the surveys allow us to continuously improve our services, but we hope these ratings will help you feel confident in your decision to seek care at CTCA.

How are the star scores calculated?

All eligible CTCA patients receive a survey from Press Ganey within one to two weeks after their treatment occurrence. In addition to being asked about their overall experience at CTCA, patients are asked to score the level of confidence they have in their provider, as well as the likelihood they will recommend the physician to others. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating, with one star being the lowest possible rating and five stars being the highest.

Are all comments included?

In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. Patients’ names and other identifying information are removed from the comments for confidentiality and patient privacy. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved, or are statements that cannot be verified as factual. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA. All ratings are included even if a comment is excluded.

Why don’t all physicians have ratings and comments?

Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys. This helps us ensure that the sample size is large enough to give you an accurate representation of the physician's care.

Star ratings and comments are not available for all physicians or specialties. The validated Press Ganey survey captures patient experience feedback with the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which include only medical, radiation and in-office gynecologic oncology services. Gynecologic surgeries are not evaluated at this time because a different survey tool would be required.

Can anyone provide ratings and responses for a physician?

No. Only patients who are under the care of the physician can provide a response through the Press Ganey survey. Eligible patients receive the survey either by mail or email after their treatment occurrence. Survey responses are completely voluntary.

How do you protect patient information for those who have responded to the survey?

Patient privacy is of the utmost importance to us. If a review comment includes any information that could identify a patient (e.g., name, etc.), it is removed from the comment prior to publishing on the physician’s bio page. All patient information that has been removed from a comment is designated with an ellipsis, or “[…]”.

How often are the scores updated?

Press Ganey surveys are sent out all year long. All patient ratings and reviews are regularly updated and published within a month of receiving the responses. Ratings and reviews remain on a physician’s bio page for one year after being published. After that time period, the ratings and reviews older than a year are removed to ensure the most current information is available.

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