More than 320,000 Americans are living with leukemia right now. About 52,000 new cases are reported each year.
If you've been diagnosed with leukemia, talk to us. It's important to learn about your options as soon as you can. Survival rates are improving every year. The dedicated team of specialists in our Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research can answer your questions, address your concerns, and design a personalized treatment plan with the most innovative, cutting-edge therapies available anywhere.
At City of Hope's Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research in our Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute, we are committed to treating the whole person, body and soul. We have an unmatched reputation for coordinated, compassionate care. We bring together a broad array of leukemia expertise from multiple disciplines, all under one roof:
  • State-of-the-art screenings and diagnostic tools
  • Pioneering drug research and clinical trials
  • Unique chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplant options
Plus, your care continues long after treatment is complete, with our unique family and survivorship programs.
City of Hope is recognized internationally for research and breakthrough treatments of leukemia. Our Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute is also one of the largest transplant centers in the country, producing some of the consistently best outcomes. We are designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute and was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America.

If you have been diagnosed with leukemia or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE. Please visit Making Your First Appointment for more information.

Learn more about the signs, symptoms, risk factors of leukemia and types of leukemia:


Care Team
City of Hope’s renowned physicians and researchers utilize the latest in technology and innovation to treat cancer, coupled with our enduring belief in providing unparalleled compassionate care. If you have been diagnosed with leukemia or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, request an appointment online or contact us at 800-826-HOPE.
Joseph Alvarnas, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
Stephen J. Forman, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
Karl K Gaal, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • Hematopathology
Guido Marcucci, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
Matthew Genyeh Mei, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
Ryotaro Nakamura
Ryotaro Nakamura, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Aplastic Anemia
Margaret O Donnell headshot photo
Margaret R O'Donnell, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
Pablo M Parker, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
Anna Pawlowska, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Vinod A Pullarkat, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
Joseph Rosenthal, M.D., M.H.C.M.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Eileen P. Smith, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
David S. Snyder, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Hematology/Oncology
Jeffrey Y.C. Wong, M.D.

Clinical Specialties:

  • Radiation Oncology

Success Stories

Gus' Story - Miracle of Science with Soul
Gus, leukemia survivor

“I’m going to beat this. I’m going to come back and retrace these steps.”

Nicole Schulz Success Story Image
Nicole, leukemia survivor

After two bone marrow transplants and tremendous perseverance, Nicole is back to living the life she once knew – and making up for lost time.

Tests & Treatments

At City of Hope, we were among the first to build and develop a bone marrow transplant program which has performed more than 12,000 procedures since 1976. City of Hope has been recognized for superior survival outcomes for nine consecutive years—the only transplant center in the United States with such an achievement.
Every patient is different, with different needs. At City of Hope, we treat you as a valued individual. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art chemo, radiation and transplant  options that will deliver the best outcome for you. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.
Learn more about treatment options for leukemia, including:


Clinical Trials

We offer access to a wide variety of clinical trials not always available to the general public. Some of our latest research ranges from identifying and eradicating leukemia stem cells, to activating immune system or “T” cells to fight the disease.
Learn more about clinical trials. Browse through some of our clinical trials and research projects below.


When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family take each step in your leukemia journey. We can help with all of these concerns, and more:
  • Managing side effects
  • Pain management
  • Navigating the health care system
  • Your emotional, social and spiritual health
  • Staying healthy and active
  • Healthy cooking and eating
  • Healing arts
  • Caregiver skills
  • Dealing with family, school or work stress
Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer or Supportive Care Medicine sites.
Additional resources from our health library:
Support the Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research
We deliver exquisite care at the leading edge of cancer treatment. It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts over 100 years ago. Their efforts - and those of our supporters today - have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct.
For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact

Amy M. Cook, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Philanthropy
Direct: 626-218-6228
Or, you can make a gift to support all the research at City of Hope by donating online.

An Expert's Voice

City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and other cancer topics on City of Hope’s Breakthrough’s blog.

  • Children with cancer, Part 2: How parents can help their kids June 30, 2014 | by ronichols
  • This celebration (Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion) includes reflection May 07, 2014 | by Nicole White
  • 'My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I'd known' – Bishop J. Jon Bruno (w/VIDEO) December 23, 2013 | by ronichols
  • Can doping increase risk of cancer? Yes. Testicular cancer? Unknown. January 16, 2013 | by sle
  • Using HIV to cure leukemia? Maybe. Immune boost is key December 11, 2012 | by sle
  • Scientists finding ways to protect kids’ hearts while fighting off cancer December 06, 2011 | by City of Hope Staff
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