Syed A. Abutalib,MD


Associate Medical Director, Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplant Program, CTCA Chicago

4.8 (57 Ratings)

12 Reviews
Syed A. Abutalib - Assistant Director, Stem Cell Transplant & Cell Therapy Program, Hematologist & Medical Oncologist

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.

CTCA Chicago
Hematologic Oncology
Medical school:

Dow University of Health Sciences (Dow Medical College), Karachi, Pakistan


Internal Medicine/Surgery – Dow Medical College/Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan
Internal Medicine - Cook County Hospital (John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County), Chicago, IL

Hematology & Oncology - University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago
Hematology & Oncology - American Board of Internal Medicine

Dr. Syed Abutalib, who joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago, in 2008, 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.

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, and is an active member of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), ASCO and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplant (ASBMT™). He also serves on the Executive Committee for Education for American Society of Transplantation & Cellular Therapy and is the Vice Chair on the Steering Committee for the International Initiative on Thrombosis and Cancer-Continuing Medical Education (ITAC-CME), and 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
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Aug 17, 2021


"Absolutely LOVE Dr. Abutalib!"
May 24, 2021


"*Dr. A. is the best!! I prefer to see him every time. He has a great doctor! Patient relationship. Very knowledgeable but also has a great sense of humor. Love him!!!"
May 20, 2021


"He's very thorough with his assessments. He continues to find answers and diagnoses in order to treat the patient."
Apr 21, 2021


"Dr A. has a wonderful way of cheering me up and making me laugh through this difficult time. He spends all the time I need to be sure I understand my diagnosis, test results, treatment plan, and recovery. I highly recommend Dr. A. to anyone needing care."
Apr 20, 2021


"*Doctor Syed Abutalib is great! I would recommend him without hesitation."
Apr 19, 2021


"Great stem cell team!"
Apr 13, 2021


"My father loves his doctors, Dr. Abutalib and Dr. [...]. he trusts them with his life. They are making all the difference in the world for us. They go beyond the call of duty. Dr. Abutalib has the most amazing attitude and relationship with my father making him feel very important at 90 yrs old."
Mar 31, 2021


"Love the stem cell unit doctors and nurses"
Mar 4, 2021


"Dr A was outstanding"
Feb 25, 2021


"Dr. A is a caring and thoughtful individual. He has always sat down and taken the time to explain everything to me. It is reassuring and comforting to me when l know what to expect from procedures and treatment."
Jan 28, 2021


"I felt this was a rushed visit. Dr. Abutalib seemed distracted."
Nov 18, 2020


"I have recommended CTCA to several people. When I Have been there I have reassured many first time patients, they are in the right place. CTCA has gotten me through 3 cancers in 7 years and I'm still here! They help with financial, transportation, hotel's, food, like family."