UMGCCC Experts Co-Author Medical Textbooks on Diagnosing and Treating Leukemia and Breast Cancer

For immediate release: July 31, 2017

BALTIMORE – Leading cancer specialists at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center are sharing their expertise with other oncologists and medical professionals in two recently published textbooks.

Ashkan Emadi, MD, PhD, an  associate professor of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, co-authored, “Acute Leukemia: An Illustrated Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment” with Judith E. Karp, MD, professor emerita of oncology and medicine at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Dr. Emadi is a hematologist/oncologist and director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at the Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The book, which was published July 17, 2017, provides a comprehensive visual guide on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) seen in children and adults.

Contributors to the book include Zeba N. Singh, MBBS, associate professor of pathology; Vu H. Duong, MD, assistant professor of medicine; Maria R. Baer, MD, professor of medicine and director of hematologic malignances at the cancer center; Nancy Hardy, MD, associate professor of medicine; Noa Holtzman, MD and Firas El Chaer, MD, hematology oncology fellows; Ying Zou, MD, PhD, associate professor of pathology; and nurses Nancy Corbitt, BSN, RN, OCN, CRNI, and Trisha Kendall, RN, BSN, OCN, now of Gilchrest Hospice Care.

Katherine H. R. Tkaczuk, MD, FACP, professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and head of the Breast Evaluation and Treatment Program at the Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, has co-authored, “Handbook of Breast Cancer and Related Breast Disease,” with Susan B. Kesmodel, MD and Stephen J. Feigenberg, MD. Dr. Kesmodel, a breast surgeon, is now at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Dr. Feigenberg, a radiation oncologist, is at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The handbook, which was published Dec. 20, 2016, is practical guide to managing patients with breast cancers and related breast conditions, incorporating conventional and novel treatment strategies.

Topics include early-stage and metastatic breast cancer, genetic syndromes associated with increased risk of breast cancer, breast imaging, integrative approaches to managing symptoms,  breast cancer in pregnancy, breast reconstruction and surviving breast cancer.


Forty-nine current and former members of the UMGCCC Breast Evaluation and Treatment Program, residents, fellows and medical students contributed to the handbook.

The University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore. The center is a joint entity of the University of Maryland Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Medicine. It offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating all types of cancer and has an active cancer research program. It is ranked in the top 25 cancer programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.