An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Farah R. Abdulla, M.D.

Dermatopathologist; Dermatologist
Clinical Expertise
  • Cutaneous lymphoma
  • Graft-versus-host disease
  • Skin manifestations and side effects of cancer and cancer therapies
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Dermatology, Department of Surgery

Clinical Teams

  • Cutaneous Lymphoma Program
I chose to work at City of Hope because it is a center that offers what is best today (and) continues to look what could make for a better tomorrow.”
Farah R. Abdulla, M.D., is that rare individual who chooses to go where others don't. As a dermatologist and dermatopathologist, Dr. Abdulla specializes in the research and treatment of cutaneous lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects the skin.

Because so few people develop cutaneous lymphoma, it's considered an “orphan” disease with relatively few Food and Drug Administration-approved agents to treat it. Dr. Abdulla is determined to change that. “I want patients who suffer from this disease to have hope,” she says.

Dr. Abdulla earned her medical degree at Northeast Ohio Medical University and continued her training at the University of Cincinnati and Stanford University.

Before joining City of Hope, Dr. Abdulla directed the Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She's also lent her expertise to the U.S. Department of Defense and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.

Dr. Abdulla is engaged in numerous clinical trials, and she's the author of dozens of peer-reviewed papers. She sees City of Hope as an ideal place to fulfill her “responsibility for those who suffer from medical disease and trauma.”


City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Duarte Road

Duarte, CA 91010

  • Covington M, Cassarino D, Abdulla FR. ALK Expression is a Rare Finding in Mycosis Fungoides. American Journal of Dermatopathology. In Press
  • Covington M, Roman C, Abdulla FRA case of palmoplantar lichen planus. Cutis. In Press
  • Martires KJ, Ra S, Abdulla F, Cassarino DS. Characterization of Primary Cutaneous CD8+/CD30+ Lymphoproliferative Disorders. Am J Dermatopathol. 2015 Nov;37(11):822-33
  • Que K, Abdulla FR, Cassarino D, Patel R. Non-HIV-related Kaposi sarcoma in 2 Hispanic patients arising in the setting of chronic venous insufficiency. Cutis. 2015 Jun;95(6):E30-3
  • Abdulla FR, Sarpa H, Cassarino DS. The expression of ALK in Mycosis Fungoides, Stage IA. J Cutan Pathol. 2013 Mar; 40(3): 348-50.
  • Bashey S, Krathen M, Abdulla FR, Sundram U, Kim Y. Romidepsin is Effective in Subcutaneous Panniculitis-like T-cell Lymphoma (SPTCL). J Clin Oncol. 2012 Aug 20; 20(24): e221-5.
  • Kim YH, Gratzinger D, Harrison C, Brody JD, Czerwinski DK, Ai WZ, Morales A, Abdulla F, Xing L, Navi D, Tibshirani RJ, Advani RH, Lingala B, Shah S, Hoppe RT, Levy R. In situ vaccination against mycosis fundoides by intratumoral injection of a TLR9 agonist combined with radiation: a phase 1/2 study. Blood. 2012 Jan 12; 119(2): 355-63.
  • Abdulla FR, Mutasim DF. Multiple Benign Lichenoid Keratoses. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 May; 62(5): 900-1.
  • Abdulla FR, Adams BB, Breneman C, Breneman D. Standards for genital protection in phototherapy units. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010; 62(2): 223-6.
  • Abdulla FR, Lucky AW. Hemorrhagic, Bullous Henoch Schonlein Purpura in a 16 Year Old Girl with Previously Undiagnosed Dominant Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. Pediatr Dermatol. 2010 Mar-Apr; 27(2): 203-4.
  • Abdulla FR, Kerns MJ, Mutasim DF. Amelanotic Lentigo Maligna: A report of three cases and a review of the literature. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 May; 62(5): 857-60.
  • Abdulla FR, Hawayek LH. A cutaneous bleeding nodule after Cesarean Section. Am Fam Physican. 2009 Dec 15; 80(12): 1483.
  • Abdulla FR, Sheth PB. A case of perforating necrobiosis lipoidica in an African American female. Dermatology Online Journal 2008 July; 14(7): 10.
  • Abdulla FR, Adams BB. Ortho-phthalaldehyde Causing Facial Strains After Cystoscopy. Arch Dermatol. 2007 May; 143(5): 670.
  • Abdulla FR, Feldman SR, Williford PM, Crowchuk D, Kaur M. Tanning and Skin Cancer. Pediatr Dermatol. 2005 Nov-Dec; 22(6): 501-12.
  • Abdulla FR, Brodell RT. Seborrheic Dermatitis. The link between facial rash and neurologic disease. Postgrad Med. 2005 Mar; 117(3): 43-4.
Book chapters
  • Abdulla FR, Duvic M, Kim YH. Chapter 10: Cutaneous T-cell Lymphomas. T-cell Lymphomas (pp 155-78). New York, NY. Springer.
  • Abdulla FR, Harrison C, Kim YH. Chapter 49: Therapeutics in Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma. Evidence Based Dermatology 2nd Edition. New York, NY. People’s Medical Publishing House.
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