Ahmad Tarhini, MD, PhD

Ahmad Tarhini, MD, PhD
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Title Director, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program - Director, Center for Immuno-Oncology Research
Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted Treatment
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Melanoma
  • Skin Cancer
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Biography

About Ahmad Tarhini, MD, PhD

Dr Tarhini serves as Director of Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program and Director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Immuno-Oncology Research at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute.  Before joining CCF, he had been a Tenured Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of Clinical Sciences of the Pennsylvania Cancer Consortium. Dr Tarhini has a Master of Science and a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM).

Dr Tarhini has lead multiple clinical trials and biomarker studies in the field of Immuno-Oncology and has investigated the role of promising biomarkers in relation to disease risk and clinical benefits of immunotherapy in the melanoma adjuvant, neoadjuvant, and advanced disease settings. His original work on immunotherapy of melanoma and biomarkers of disease prognosis and therapeutic benefit has been published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals and presented at leading national/international meetings. He serves as a chair/co-chair on several cooperative group trials, including U.S. Intergroup clinical trials E1609, S1404, EA6141, E3612, E3611, NCI8628 and NCI10061.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2017

Education & Fellowships

Graduate - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA
2011

Graduate - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA
2006

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Hematology/ Medical Oncology
Pittsburgh, PA USA
2006

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Med. Center
Internal Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA
2003

Medical School - Kaunas University of Medicine
Kaunas, Lithuania
1999

Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon
1994

Professional Highlights

  • Dr Tarhini has been closely involved in the education, mentoring and advancing the careers of PhD students, post-doctoral students, medical students, internal medicine residents and hematology-oncology fellows. The outcomes of these mentoring activities can be measured in the form of peer reviewed publications, proceedings of national meetings and funded grants. He served as the course director for MED 5831 Medical Oncology Research (2010 – 2017) and MED 5715 Neoplasia and Neoplastic Disease (2011 – 2017) at UPSOM. He served as the founder and course co-Director of the Nazarbayev University Oncology Course (UPSOM - Nazarbayev Univ. collaboration).

Certifications

  • Medical Oncology

Specialty Interests

Director, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Program Director, Center for Immuno-Oncology Research

Awards & Honors

  • Dr Tarhini completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Upon graduation, he was awarded the Resident of the Year award. During his Hematology and Oncology fellowship training at UPMC, he was awarded a fellowship by the NIH-funded University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), achieving a Master of Science in clinical research. He was also awarded a competitive grant towards the ASCO/AACR Workshop — Methods in Clinical Research in Vail, Colorado. In 2006, he was awarded the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Foundation Merit Award.

    Dr Tarhini’s efforts were also awarded by being presented the 2009 University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Junior Scholar Award in Clinical Research and the 2010 Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Research and Education Foundation Young Investigator Award.

    He was elected to serve as Track Leader of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s Cancer Education Committee Melanoma/Skin Cancers Track and he is a member of the Scientific Committee.

Memberships

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • American Association of Cancer Research (AACR)
  • Cytokine Working Group (CWG)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group - American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ECOG -ACRIN)
  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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