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Yogen Saunthararajah, MD


Yogen Saunthararajah, MD

Appointed: 2007

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Yogen Saunthararajah, MD
Department: Hematology and Oncology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code R40
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

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.

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

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 School - University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff University
Wales United Kingdom

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

Additional Training

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

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

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Experimental Therapeutics
  • Medical Oncology

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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Languages Spoken

  • English