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Susan McInnes, MD

Susan McInnes, MD
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Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Palliative Medicine
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About Susan McInnes, MD

Susan McInnes, MD joined Cleveland Clinic as a staff physician in the Palliative Medicine Program at Taussig Cancer Center in 2014. She attended medical school at Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo), and her Internal Medicine Residency as well as Medical Oncology and Infectious Diseases Fellowships were at University of Chicago. Dr. McInnes has dedicated her career to improving quality of life for oncology patients. She has practiced medical oncology, malignant hematology and bone marrow transplantation. She discovered a passion for interdisciplinary palliative care early in her oncology career and has been practicing palliative medicine and supportive care for over 20 years. She was on the faculty of University of Toledo and University of Colorado with joint appointments in palliative medicine and medical oncology.

In 2015, Dr. McInnes initiated and continues to lead a novel embedded palliative medicine service on the solid tumor oncology inpatient service at Cleveland Clinic. This service has led to improved house staff education, improved pain control for cancer patients and increased advance directive completion rates for hospitalized oncology patients. In January 2019, she initiated an embedded palliative service on the bone marrow transplantation unit, providing optimal symptom management and support for advance care planning. This is a unique collaborative care model that is available at only a few of the top cancer centers in the United States.

Since January 2020, Dr. McInnes has served as the chief quality improvement officer and the institute patient experience officer for the Taussig Cancer Institute. Dr. McInnes’ research interests include quality improvement and care model development in palliative oncology care. She has presented results from these projects at national oncology and palliative medicine conferences.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Michael Reese Hospital & Medical Center
Infectious Disease
Chicago, IL

Fellowship - University of Chicago Medical Center
Medical Oncology
Chicago, IL

Residency - University of Chicago Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL

Medical Education - Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
Toledo, OH

Undergraduate - Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH


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Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/29/2024, Dr. McInnes 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.

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.

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