Liana Nikolaenko, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.
Dr. Nikolaenko received her undergraduate degree from UCLA before earning her medical doctorate cum laude from St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies. She went on to complete an internal medicine residency at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California, followed by a hematology/oncology fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. To further pursue her passion specializing in hematologic malignancies, Dr. Nikolaenko obtained additional training in Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplantation at City of Hope. Dr. Nikolaenko’s clinical and research interests center on immunotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in patients with lymphoma. She leads several clinical trials evaluating novel agents for the treatment of relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, Dr. Nikolaenko is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Western Society for Clinical Investigation’s Subspecialty Award and being inducted into the Iota Epsilon Alpha International Honor Society. She has authored peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has presented her work at national and international symposiums.
Fluent in Russian, Dr. Nikolaenko holds active memberships with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology and the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy.
2009, St. George's University, School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, Doctor of Medicine, Cum Laude Honors
2003, University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Russian Literature
2016 - 2017, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Fellow, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2013 - 2016, Hematology-Oncology, Fellow, Harbor- UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
2009 - 2010, Research Fellow, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA
2010 - 2013, Internal Medicine Resident, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
2017 - Present, Assistant Professor, Division of Lymphoma, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Awards & Memberships
2017, Graduate Medical Education Research Travel Award, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2013, Outstanding Ambulatory Resident Award, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
2013, Medical Records Award, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
2011, Teaching Recognition Award, St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
2010, Western Society for Clinical Investigation Subspecialty Award, Carmel, CA
2005, Iota Epsilon Alpha, International Honor Society, St. George's University, School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
2016 - present, American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
2013 - present, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Member
2013 - present, American Society of Hematology, Member
Nikolaenko L., Chhabra S., Biran N., Chowdhury A., Hari P.N., Krishnan A., Richter J. Graft-versus-host disease in multiple myeloma patients treated with daratumumab after allogeneic transplantation. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2020 Jun;20(6):407-414.
Kharfan-Dabaja M.A., Raj R., Nikolaenko L., Ahmed S., Reddy N., Nathan S., Cherry M., El-Jurdi N., Obiozor C., Fenske T.S., Song J., Muzzafar T., Ayala E., Savani B., Khawandanah M., Caimi P.F., Forman S.J., Hussaini M., de Lima M., Olteanu H., Shah B., Chavez J.C., Al Malki M., Kumar A., Ganguly S. Efficacy of high-dose therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation in gray zone lymphoma: a US multicenter collaborative study. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018Mar;24(3):486-493. Epub 2017 Dec 7.
Nikolaenko L, Chen R, Herrera AF. Current strategies for salvage treatment for relapsed classical Hodgkin Lymphoma. Ther Adv Hematol. 2017 Oct;8(10):293-302. Epub 2017 Aug 29.
Jia Y, Yee JK, Wang C, Nikolaenko L, Diaz-Arjonilla M, Cohen JN, Frnech SW, Liu PY, Lue Y, Lee WP, Werdloff RS. Testosterone Protects High Fat/Low Carbohydrate Diet Induced Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Castrated Male Rats Mainly via Modulating ER Stress. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2017 Sep 19:ajpendo.00124.2017. Epub ahead of print.
Nikolaenko L, Jia Y, Wang C, Diaz-Arjonilla M, Yee JK, French SW, Liu PY, Laurel S, Chong C, Lee K, Lue Y, Lee WN, Swerdloff RS. Testosterone replacement ameliorates nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in castrated male rats. Endocrinology. 2014 Feb;155(2):417-28. Epub 2013 Nov 26.
Enbom ET, Abasolo PA, Dixon JR, Nikolaenko L, French SW, Duane GB. Cytomorphological features of epithelioid hemangioendothelioma in ascitic fluid with radiological, clinical and histopathological correlations. Acta Cytol. 2014;58(2):211-6. Epub 2014 Feb 6.
Wahjudi PN, K Yee J, Martinez SR, Zhang J, Teitell M, Nikolaenko L, Swerdloff R, Wang C, Lee WN. Turnover of nonessential fatty acids in cardiolipin from the rat heart. J Lipid Res. 2011 Dec;52(12):2226-33
Stein C, Castanotto D, Krishnan A, and Nikolaenko L. Defibrotide (Defitelio ): A New Addition to the Stockpile of Food and Drug Administration-approved Oligonucleotide Drugs. Mol Ther Nucleic Acids. 2016 Aug; 5(8): e346.
Chlebowski RT, Nikolaenko L, Anderson G. Conduct of the Women's Health Initiative randomized trial evaluating estrogen plus progestin: implications for breast cancer findings. J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care. 2013 Jul;39(3):226-8
Dungo M. and Nikolaenko L. Oncologic Urgencies and Emergencies. IM Essentials: A Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) For Students. ACP, 2015.
Ratings & Reviews
Ratings and reviews below are gathered from the Press Ganey Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CG CAHPS) survey. CG CAHPS is a standardized survey that is used to measure a patient's experience in the physician office setting. Ratings are an average of all responses to questions about a provider's care, with 5 stars being the highest.
Show respect for what you say
Recommend this provider office
Provider listen carefully to you
Know important info medical history
Spend enough time with you
Provider explain in way you understand
Rate provider 0-10
Good! - Verified patient
Good - Verified patient
Dr. Nikolaenko is the best! - Verified patient
Dr. Nikolaenko saved my life. - Verified patient
Dr. Nikolaenko is the best. All the people at City of Hope are great. Thank you! - Verified patient