Syed A. Abutalib,MD

MD

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

4.8 (63 Ratings)

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

Location
CTCA Chicago
Specialties
Hematologic Oncology
Education
Medical school:

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

Residency:

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

Fellowship:
Hematology & Oncology - University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago
Certifications
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 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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About Our Ratings
Oct 29, 2019

5.0

"We tell everyone about CTCA and the level of care that is given to anyone and everyone. It is more than worth the trip to CTCA. We are very glad that we have such a professional doctor and wonderful staff to take care of my cancer, my health, my mental stability, and nutrition. You truly are an answer to our prayers."
Oct 2, 2019

5.0

"My doctors are excellent!!!"
Sep 4, 2019

5.0

"always approachable and caring, takes time to explain and answer all questions."
Aug 28, 2019

5.0

"My three oncologists (they're a team) are awesome!!! I don't see the same one each treatment session."
Aug 4, 2019

2.5

"the only thing i could say bad about dr a is that he admitted me yo the hospital on one occasion for my leg he though i had cellulites and i didn't i have no idea how much that stay cost me but i did it because he is the dr another occasion was when i was getting my first maintenance shot my leg looked the same as it did for the last 3-4 months and dr a tried doing the same thing i told him no so he put me on antibiotics for a week and had me cone back there was no change in my leg but i sow a different dr and they gave me the shot on this occasion [...] I'm done if it happens again i may just go to a local hospital to receive my maintenance shots for the next 2 years sorry for carrying on "
Jul 24, 2019

5.0

"outstanding"
Jul 3, 2019

5.0

"I am very happy with *Dr. A. & *[...]. I have great confidence in them. I believe they genuinely care for me!"
Jun 26, 2019

5.0

"Excellent, personable, caring, knowledgable"
May 16, 2019

5.0

"Wonderful!!!GREAT!!!"
May 1, 2019

5.0

"Dr. A is warm, friendly, patient, and kind. I feel comfortable with him and have great confidence in his knowledge and abilities."
Mar 27, 2019

5.0

"Dr. Syed A. Abutalib is my favorite doctor of all time. As I have watched him over the years, during my visits, interact with patients, I have witnessed great care, concern and the love he has for them. He models respect for all of his staff and those who work around him. I am very confident of his ability and his genuine care and love for me. I am transfering to CTCA of Tulsa next year for my annual visit because it is closer to my home. I will miss many of the people at Midwestern Regional, however; I will miss Dr. Abutalib the most. I would do most anything for him."
Feb 26, 2019

5.0

"Dr. A is the best! He is deeply concerned and attentive ti his patients."
Feb 26, 2019

5.0

"Excellent staff and answered all concerns about my condition"
Feb 12, 2019

5.0

"Seems very knowledgeable. I trust him with my life."
Jan 15, 2019

5.0

"Doctor A- Blood Cancers was amazing. The amount of knowledge he possesses is impressive. We even received a history lesson on my type of leukemia. That was enough to convince me he knew exactly what he was dealing with. Unfortunately we didn't get to see him for our second/last visit bc he got sick. But I would definitely recommend him"
Jan 9, 2019

5.0

"Dr. A. is awesome!"
Nov 27, 2018

2.5

"Bedside manner has diminished over the two years attending the Zion, IL facility"