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Thomas Hamilton, PhD

Thomas Hamilton, PhD
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Department Research Institute Office
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Researcher
Languages English
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Inflammatory Gene Expression
  • Macrophage-Activation Syndrome
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About Thomas Hamilton, PhD

Thomas Alan Hamilton, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, at Case Western Reserve University. He has held this position since 2003. In addition, he is a Professor with the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, Ohio State University School of Medicine. Dr. Hamilton also has held positions at many prestigious institutions, including Stanford University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Duke University Medical Center.

His clinical research interests include: Regulation of Inducible Gene Expression in Mononuclear Phagocytes, Regulation of Chemoattractant Cytokine Expression in Tissue Inflammation and Chemokine Function. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals and he has contributed chapters to medical textbooks in his field. He has been the editor-in-chief, Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research since 2002. In addition, Dr. Hamilton is an international speaker and presenter.

In 1971, Dr. Hamilton received his BA in Biology/Chemistry at the University of Colorado. He went on to earn his PhD in Biochemistry in 1976 at University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, in Portland. Dr. Hamilton completed several fellowships during this time, including a National Institutes of Health pre-doctoral fellowship in Biochemistry at University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, in Portland, Oregon, and also a NRSA-postdoctoral traineeship in tumor biology, Department of Pathology at Stanford University Medical School, Stanford, California (1976-1978).  

Dr. Hamilton is a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Association of Immunologists (Chair, Program Block on NK cells and Macrophages 1996-1999); American Association for Advancement of Science; Society for Leukocyte Biology (Nominating Committee – 1991, Councilor 1992 – 1995, Treasurer 1995-1998; President Elect – 1998; President – 1999; International Society for IFN Research; Secretary 2006-2009); and the International Cytokine Society, among others.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Undergraduate - University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO

Fellowship - Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

Fellowship - Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

Awards & Honors

  • Current NIH funding: RO1 CA39621-25, PO1 CA62220
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/1/2024, Dr. Hamilton 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.

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