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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

  • Cancer Center
  • Clinical Trials
  • Experimental Therapeutics
  • Medical Oncology
View all 4 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Benign Hematology
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Leukopenia
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
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About Yogen Saunthararajah, MD

Yogen Saunthararajah, MD, is Staff in the Department of Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders at Cleveland Clinic, a Professor of Medicine, and Co-Leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Saunthararajah received undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Wales College of Medicine, and completed medical and surgical internships at University Hospitals of Wales, United Kingdom. Dr. Saunthararajah served as a Captain (Military Medicine) in the Singapore Armed Forces, Singapore.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - National Institute of Health - Cancer Institute
Bethesda, MD USA

Residency - University of Hawaii Queens Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Honolulu, HI USA

Residency - University of Hawaii Queens Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Honolulu, HI USA

Internship - University of Hawaii Queens Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Honolulu, HI USA

Medical Education - University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff University

Additional Training

  • Completed course work for Duke/NIH Master's in Clinical Research

Professional Highlights

  • Service on National Institutes of Health, Veterans Administration, and Department of Defense Grant Review Committees and Advisory Boards
  • Awarded grants by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Specialty Interests

Acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, sickle cell disease/anemia, thalassemia, leukemia, benign hematology, myelodysplasia, cancer, leukopenia, aplastic anemia

Awards & Honors

  • Graduated with Distinctions in Medicine and Surgery
  • Received Excellence Awards from the University of Hawaii and University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Defense

Innovations & Patents

  • Patents pending for unique approaches to non-cytotoxic (non-toxic), epigenetic therapy in cancer, sickle cell disease and thalassemia. The cancer treatments are intended to be non-toxic and address the problem of p53-deletions in cancer. 


  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Association of Cancer Research
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 2/11/2020, Dr. Saunthararajah 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.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Saunthararajah receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • EpiDestiny, Inc.
  • Novo Nordisk, A/S
  • University of Illinois, Chicago

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Saunthararajah may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • EpiDestiny, Inc.

Equity Dr. Saunthararajah owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • EpiDestiny, Inc.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Saunthararajah serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • EpiDestiny, Inc.

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

44 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

14 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Dr Yogan,I have great trust in him for my care!

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

My doctor is always calming and instructive, and his explanations of my treatments are clear.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Joanne in Dr Yogen's office has conscientiously coordinated appointments and calls to the doctor. She does an amazing job! She is professional and personable.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Dr Yogen listens well and thoroughly answers questions and concerns. He takes his time with patients.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Was impressed that the Doctor called me with test results and a plan for treatment

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr. Yogen was very helpful, listened and took my medical issues seriously and honestly wanted to help find a diagnosis and treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

This comment is for my 03/05/2021 appointment with Dr. Yogen. My then oncologist had just died and I was somewhat in a panic. I emailed Dr. Yogen's office and received a timely reply and a very quick appointment. I am very grateful that Dr. Yogen made room for me in his limited patient practice.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Dr. Yogen is a very thoughtful and caring doctor. He is keeping track of my test results.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

I was so impressed with everyone at Cleveland clinic. dr was absolutely the best

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Joanne in Dr. Yogen's practice is so helpful and competent in arranging virtual visits.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr Yogen was very caring even about my broken elbow. He took the time to listen to me about this and reassure me. He cares about the whole patient! Dr Yogen carefully explained the results of my blood work . I always feel better after speaking to him.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

My doctor is very compassionate and listens to my health concerns. No question seems to unimportant for him to address or answer.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Joanne in Dr. Yogen's office is always helpful with any questions, scheduling,etc. Such a nice person!

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr. Yogen always takes his time to be sure all of my questions are answered.

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