Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • 2nd Opinion Evaluations
  • Blood Tests
  • Blood Transfusion
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Center
  • Cancer Supportive Care
  • Chemoprevention
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical Drug Trials
  • Clinical Trials
  • Endocrine Aspects of Cancer
  • Endocrine Treatment
  • High Risk Breast Cancer
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted Treatment
  • Women's Health
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Brain Metastases
  • Breast - Malignant Neoplasm
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer - Mass, Lump or Swelling
  • Cancer
  • Cancer Symptoms
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Metastatic Cancer
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About Jame Abraham, MD

Jame Abraham, MD, FACP, is Chairman of the Department of Hematology & Medical Oncology at Cleveland Clinic and Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

From 2013 to 2019, Dr. Abraham served as director of the Cleveland Clinic Breast Oncology Program, and co-Director of the Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program, until he was promoted to Department Chairman.  He has more than 17 years of experience of treating complicated breast cancer diagnoses, from early stage to metastatic, and leading novel clinical trials. 

Dr. Abraham is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Breast Cancer Committee, which sets treatment guidelines for breast cancer management across the United States. He is Vice Chair of the Research Strategy Committee of NRG Oncology, one of the largest cancer research groups in the world, funded by the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Abraham is also a member of the Breast Committee Working Group for NRG Oncology. He is the Vice Chair of the Research Review Committee for the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for NSABP.

Dr. Abraham completed his residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, followed by a Medical Oncology Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Hematology Fellowship from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Abraham earned his medical degree from Calicut Medical College, Kerala, India.

At the NCI, Dr. Abraham was the study chair of several early-phase clinical trials that included novel treatments for breast cancer such as Ixabepilone, which was approved by the FDA in 2007. During his fellowship, Dr. Abraham edited the first edition of the Bethesda Handbook of Oncology (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins). Now in its 5th edition, it is one of the best-selling oncology textbooks in the world. It is considered the standard textbook by many universities and hospitals across the world. 

After finishing fellowship, Dr. Abraham joined West Virginia University (WVU) in 2001 as an Assistant Professor. In 2005, he was appointed Chief of Hematology/Oncology and was later appointed as the first Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor of Breast Cancer Research, and Professor of Medicine of WVU. While at WVU, Dr. Abraham established the first comprehensive breast cancer program in the state of West Virginia in 2002. He received several awards from WVU for patient care and teaching, including Attending of the Year and Teacher of the Year. His outstanding work in patient care was recognized by the Excellence in Clinical Medicine award from the Dean of the School of Medicine in 2010. He received an award from the President of India, Her Excellency Mrs. Pratibha Patil for his contribution to cancer care in 2010.

Dr. Abraham leads several national and local clinical trials to find better treatment options for early stage, metastatic, triple negative and her-2 positive breast cancer patients. He has more than 200 papers and presentations at national meetings. 

In 2017, he received the Teacher of the Year award from the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute medical oncology fellows and was nominated for the Distinguished Staff Teacher of the Year Award by the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residents.  He has been selected by Cleveland Magazine and Newsweek as a top oncologist locally and nationally, respectively. 

Dr. Abraham’s primary focus and passion is taking care of patients with breast cancer. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - National Cancer Institute
Medical Oncology
Bethesda, MD USA

Fellowship - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Bethesda, MD USA

Residency - University of Connecticut
Internal Medicine
Farmington, CT USA

Medical Education - Calicut Medical College
Calicut, Kerala, India,

Undergraduate - Calicut Medical College
Calicut, Kerala, India,

Additional Training

  • Senior Fellow, Developmental Therapeutics, National Cancer Institute 2001
  • Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers, School of Public Health, Harvard, Boston. 2006

Professional Highlights

  • Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Department of Hematology & Medical Oncology
  • Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Medical Director, Community Outreach, Taussig Cancer Institute
  • Member, NCCN, Breast Cancer Committee
  • Vice Chair, Research Strategy, NRG Oncology
  • Co-Director, Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program (2013-2019)
  • Member, Breast Cancer Working Committee, NRG Oncology (2019- 2022)
  • Member, Breast Cancer Committee, NRG Oncology (2015-Present)   
  • Member, Translational Research Committee, NRG Oncology (2015-18)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Leading Academic Participating Sites (LAPS), National Cancer Institute  grant for the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (2014-2017)
  • Principal Investigator of NSABP for Cleveland Clinic (2013 to present)
  • Vice Chair, Research Review Committee, NSABP Foundation (2013-Present)
  • Member of Breast Cancer Working Group, NSABP (2010-2013)
  • Founding Editor of Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology, Wolter Kluwer, Philadelphia (5th edition)
  • Chief Editor, Emerging Cancer Therapeutics, Demos, New York
  • Editor, Community and Supportive Care Oncology (Frontline Communications, NJ)
  • Editor, Breast Cancer Management and Treatment (London, U.K)
  • Associate Editor and Guest Editor, ASCO Post (Harborside Press, NY)
  • Board of Directors, American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division (2007-2010)
      • Editorial Board Member:
        • Journal of Breast Cancer Management, Future Science Group, London, U.K, Oncology and Biotechnology News, New Jersey, Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy, Future Science Group, London, U.K.
      • Manuscript Reviewer:
        • Lancet Oncology, Lancet
        • Journal of Clinical Oncology, ASCO
        • Clinical Cancer Research Focus, AACR
        • Human Bain Mapping
        • Expert Review of Immunotherapy
        • Clinical Breast Disease
        • British Journal of Cancer, Nature Publications Group
        • Annals of Saudi Medicine
        • Clinical Cancer Research, AACR
        • Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
        • Cancer: American Cancer Society
        • Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology


  • Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology

Specialty Interests

Breast Cancer treatment, Clinical Trials

Awards & Honors

  • Teacher of the Year Award: Oncology, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic, 2016
  • Top Doctors in Cleveland 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 -  Cleveland Magazine
  • Top Cancer Doctors in U.S, Newsweek, 2015
  • U.S. News Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2010 to 2018  
  • Selected to the Gold Human Honor Society (GHHS), 2011
  • “Pink Tie Guy” – Selected by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, WV 2010
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, West Virginia University, 2010
  • Quality Award (Customer Satisfaction), West Virginia University Hospitals, 2006-2013
  • President of India, Her Excellency, Smt. Pratibha Patil “Vaidya Bhooshan”, by the Pazhassi Raja Trust, New Delhi, India, 2010
  • Bonnie Wells Wilson Eminent Scholar and Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research, 2009
  • Outstanding Achievement in Medicine, Kerala Center, India League, New York, 2008
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Department of Medicine, West Virginia University, 2007
  • STAR Award for customer service, West Virginia University Hospital, 2006
  • Clinician of the Year Award, Department of Medicine, West Virginia University, 2006
  • Volunteer of the Year Award for the state of West Virginia, American Cancer Society (ACS) 2006

Innovations & Patents

    1. Population Based Molecular Prognosis of Breast Cancer by Transcriptional Profiling by 28 Gene Assay, 2007 (Provisional Serial Number: 60/919,369
    2. Nonlinear Characterization of Breast Cancer using Multi-Compression 3D Ultrasound Elastography (Patent pending) Nonlinear Characterization of Breast Cancer using Multi-Compression 3D Ultrasound Elastography (Patent pending)


  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/14/2019, Dr. Abraham has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Abraham receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • WebMD

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

165 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

41 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Always recommend Dr Abraham and Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Excellent experience. The provider had reviewed my medical history prior to the visit and was able to answer my questions/concerns throughly. He explained my treatment options scientifically and drew diagrams for ease of understanding. Absolutely brilliant.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

I rated question 3 for this provider as "Very Good" because that's the highest I could rate him on this scale. He was actual phenomenal. He not only was very familiar with my medical history- this was my first visit with him- but he has a great body of knowledge. He mentioned the research behind his recommended treatment plan and drew diagrams for my ease of understanding.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Not only did the doctor take his time with me, but his fellow was extremely helpful as I had an important decision to make. I was trying to determine whether I should remove my implants from my breast cancer surgery. Neither the doctor nor his fellow attempted to hurry me along as is common. Instead, they both sat, listened to my questions and responded, asking more questions to help me make an informed decision. It was phenomenal service, one where the patient truly does not need an "advocate" on their behalf as the doctors were respectful and attentive.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Dr Abraham is an incredible Doctor and his PA Nancy is just as wonderful, I feel very fortunate to have them both as my doctor and care provider. Their compassion is genuine and commitment to providing the best patient care is obvious, every time I see them.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Dr. Abraham was excellent. I wish I could rate him higher than a 5.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

Dr Abraham was fantastic! He really put my mind at ease. I will return and recommend this facility.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

My experience with Dr Abraham has always been excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Dr. Abraham has ALWAYS encouraged me to ask him questions.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019

Dr. Abraham is vet compassionate and caring and listens well.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

awesome! showed and explained scans. outlined treatment strategy. cooperated with my doctor &wil work with her. listened to me. called me & my family to explain further conversation with internal staff resulting in lowering my cancer stage from 4 to 3. had a video on the internet that acquainted me with him even before my first visit. all I could ask for! ok

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

I have recommended Dr Abraham to several people. He is the best oncologist I have worked with.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Dr. Abraham was personable, courteous, professional, warm, caring, knowledgeable- a master of the ideal interpersonal interaction. He educated my husband and me with respect and spoke with us at highest profession level. the knowledge he shared was just what we needed to build confidence in the decision I needed to make about treatment . Not only did he answer ALL of my questions, but he needed to clarify one of the answers and he got back to me the very next day calling me personally with the answer. Unfortunately for logistics purposes, I am unable to receive care in Clevland as we live in Cincinnati. I cannot say enough positive comments about Dr. Abraham. He is the quintessential physician! I highly recommend him to anyone seeking care for cancer.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Dr Abraham is an excellent clinician and is an exemplary when it comes to competency, caring and compassion. on top of all of that he is a warm and joyful person. CC is very lucky to have him.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

I will always be grateful to be a patient of Dr. Abraham. He is such a compassionate doctor. I admire him for being able to make his patients calm during the process. Treatment and chemo are hard but being their doctor must be so hard as well. Thank you and your support staff for everything.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr. Abraham is a kind, caring person. He's a brilliant physician who listens and truly cares about his patients . Cleveland clinic is so fortunate to have him on staff.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

I went out of my way to share my very positive experience with dr Abraham. she was knowledgeable and empathetic

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

I drive 4.5 hrs each year to see Dr. Abraham amd will continue to do so, he's the best! We sure miss him in W.V., but I believe he's now at the best hospital for him, his gifts and family.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr. Abraham was lovely as always.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr Abraham listened attentively to my questions. Then made his answers quite clear and easy to understand. Complete with pictures and diagrams. He would ask me if I was following him, while maintaining eye contact. He is an excellent teacher and communicator!

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Doctor Abraham is always kind and considerate of me as a person -- I have recommended DR Abraham to a friend that also has cancer.

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Dr. Abraham was extremely thorough, listened well and answered all questions. I was impressed with how much he knew about my case as a new patient.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Dr. Abraham always listens very attentively and puts my mind at ease. He also called directly once test results were available to explain his interpretation and recommendation. I felt at ease after talking with Dr. Abraham.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

totally blown away by the personalzed care Dr. Abraham and the other physician (I don't recall her name right now) provided to me for my second opinion. Didn't feel rushed. I feel more informed now about my disease/treatment(s).

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr. Abraham was SO GOOD. I had to switch to a new oncologist because mine retired and he made the transition seamless. I'm thrilled to have him as my new doctor. He is very thorough but he takes the time to make a personal connection. He seems to really love what he does. I'm very happy with him!!

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

Dr. Abraham is a class act. phenomenal. I can't say enough about him. he's brilliant. personable. caring. compassionate. humble. and I feel honored to be in his care.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Dr. Abraham has always been compassionate and kind, he listens to my opinions and worries and that of my family with constant patience. He explains the treatment plan and makes certain I understand before moving on. He is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Very confident of provider and care

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Dr Jamie Abraham is hands down one of the BEST!!! Very personable, makes me feel like a person, genuinely cares about me outside of my cancer.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

I cannot speak highly enough of Dr.Abraham. I'm in the most competent and compassionate hands, which gives me a comfort and peace beyond words.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Dr.Abraham was wonderful to quickly contact and coordinate with another caregiver to ensure a seamless delivery of services. Dr. Rose and his staff were gracious and accommodating in working with me on short notice, never making the visit seem intrusive or rushed.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

Dr Abraham and his nurse Nancy are the best. They are both so professional yet concerned and caring. That's the reason I travel 4 hrs for my yearly appts.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

I love Dr Abraham. He cares about how I feel and always is sincere about wanting to help me.I've never had a Dr as kind and helpful as Dr Abraham.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

I was always treated very well. Every question I had was answered completely. I feel Dr. Abraham is the best and he really cares about how you are feeling and the outcome of your prognosis is always in your best interest. His staff is fantastic, just like he is!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

so impressed what a great doctor and team

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

Dr. Abraham is a compassionate doctor, listens, and is very thorough about treatment and care.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

I always look forward to my appointments with Dr. Abraham. He is professional, warm, caring, and always positive. Dr. Abraham is the best, and I can't say enough great things about his level of care!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

Dr. Abraham is a good listener and provides good information and thorough instructions.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

I had a wonderful experience from start to finish! Dr. Abraham really took the time to get to know me and to help me understand my diagnosis. I am so appreciative!

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

Please reference my prior comment. Dr. Abraham and his staff were wonderful!

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

you couldn't ask for a better team than Dr Abraham and his nurse Nancy. I would give them a higher rating if possible.

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