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Michael J. Thirman, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Michael Thirman specializes in the medical management of adults with hematologic disorders, leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndromes, and myeloproliferative disorders. His laboratory focuses on the role of MLL fusion proteins in the development of leukemia. The overall goals of his research are to understand the mechanisms that mediate transformation of normal hematopoietic stem cells and to develop targeted therapies based on these insights. Dr. Thirman also directs clinical trials in acute myeloid leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

An active researcher, Dr. Thirman has published more than 65 papers, reviews, and book chapters on clinical and laboratory studies in leukemia and lymphoma. He serves on the editorial board of Blood Advances, the Medical Advisory Board of the Leukemia Research Foundation, and the Board of Trustees of the Illinois chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He is a recipient of the Stohlman Scholar Award by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was selected as a Chicago Magazine Top Cancer Doctor.

Practice Locations

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

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

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine

Medical School

University of Michigan Medical School


University of Minnesota


The University of Chicago Medicine


American Society of Hematology

Language Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-6149

Office Fax

(773) 702-0963

Office Postal Address

Michael J. Thirman, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2115
Chicago, IL 60637

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Selected Publications

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