Saira Hassan, M.D., Joins UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute as a Specialist in Genitourinary Cancer

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Saira Hassan, MD

April 26, 2021 | LITTLE ROCK – Saira Hassan, MD, joined the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a specialist in cancers of the genitourinary or genitourinary system, including the urinary tract and reproductive system.

“The arrival of Dr. Hassan to our staff strengthens and broadens the already excellent level of care we provide here at the Cancer Institute,” said Issam Makhoul, MD, professor and director of the Department of Hematology / Oncology at UAMS College of Medicine and director from Grand Rounds.

She will also serve as an assistant professor at the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, as well as a researcher.

Its long-term research goals are to identify genes that make cancer resistant to certain types of therapies and to develop pharmacological methods to target these genes.

Before joining UAMS, she practiced oncology at Texas Oncology in El Paso, Texas, and worked in a tertiary care referral center in Pakistan. She has worked in oncology / hematology for over 10 years.

She has worked as a clinical fellow in hematology and oncology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Her fellowship included eight months of subspecialty clinical and research subjects at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Hassan graduated from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. She worked as a staff physician at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 2004 to 2006 before doing her residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, Texas and earning board certification in hematology and oncology in 2009.

UAMS is the state’s only health science university, with colleges for medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions and public health; a graduate school; Hopital; a main campus in Little Rock; a regional campus in northwestern Arkansas in Fayetteville; a national network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation . UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that includes all of UAMS’s clinical businesses, including the hospital, the regional clinics and clinics it operates, or the staff in collaboration with other healthcare providers. UAMS is the only level 1 adult trauma center in the state. US News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state’s best hospital; placed its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and listed six areas as performing well – COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and four dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who care for patients at UAMS, the regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.


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