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Blase Polite, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Blase Polite, MD, has expertise in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies, with a particular focus on colon, rectal, and anal cancers, and neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumors.

In conjunction with the Center for GI Oncology, Dr. Polite works closely with national and international experts in surgical and radiation oncology and interventional gastroenterology. Through this team approach, individualized treatment plans can be established for each patient.

He lectures and publishes on these topics, and serves on a national scientific advisory panel charged with selecting the top research abstracts to be presented at national meetings for GI cancers. He is also frequently asked to perform peer review of research being considered for publication in major medical journals.

Dr. Polite has initiated several clinical research trials aimed at advancing our treatment of colon and rectal cancer at all stages including for individuals whose tumor has grown despite standard treatments.

In addition to his primary clinical responsibilities, Dr. Polite’s research has focused on understanding racial and ethnic differences in colon cancer outcomes, with a focus on understanding the psychological, social, and spiritual needs of each patient.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

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

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Medical School

Indiana University School of Medicine

Internship, Residency and Fellowship

The University of Chicago Medicine


American Association for Cancer Research
American College of Physicians
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Cancer and Leukemia Group B

Languages Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-2069

Office Fax

(773) 834-3834

Office Postal Address

Blase Polite, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2115
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Learn More About Dr. Polite

Dr. Polite led a team of seven specialists who cared for a woman battling colorectal cancer during her pregnancy. "My job was to figure out a way to cure the cancer, but then also to come up with a way for her to carry the baby to term," Polite said.

Selected Publications

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