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Liana Nikolaenko, M.D.

Hematologist - Oncologist
Clinical Expertise
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Other Languages Spoken
  • Russian

Clinical Teams

  • Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Liana Nikolaenko, M.D., is an assistant clinical 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. Recently, Dr. Nikolaenko completed her training at City of Hope with a fellowship in bone marrow transplantation.

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 and the American Society of Hematology.


City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Duarte Road

Duarte, CA 91010

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. Dungo M. and Nikolaenko L. Oncologic Urgencies and Emergencies. IM Essentials: A Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP) For Students. ACP, 2015.
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