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Alexander T. Pearson, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Medical oncologist Alexander T. Pearson, MD, PhD cares for adults with head and neck cancers, especially squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of cancer that develops in the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layer lining the mouth and throat. He also specializes in salivary gland cancers.

His research combines laboratory experiments and mathematical models to more fully understand how head and neck cancers form and how to better design treatments for these cancers. He is currently the principal investigator on an NIH-funded study on the development of combination therapies for head and neck cancer.

Dr. Pearson has more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications in the primary literature, has had several abstracts selected for oral presentation and is editor of the Oncology Boards Flash Review, 2nd edition.

Practice Location

University of Chicago Medicine
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Medical School

University of Rochester School of Medicine, NY

Internship, Residency and Fellowship

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Additional Training

University of Rochester School of Medicine (PhD, Statistics)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Physician-scientist Training Program)


American Association of Cancer Research
American Society of Clinical Oncology

Language Spoken


Office Fax

(773) 702-9268

Office Postal Address

Alexander T. Pearson, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2115
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Pearson's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.