Shijia Zhang M.D., Ph.D.
, Esophagus / Stomach
, General Hematology/Oncology
, GU (Testis / Penis)
, Head & Neck
, Specialty Hematology
Dr. Zhang received his medical degree from Tongji University School of Medicine in China. He then received a PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Zhang completed his internal medicine residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Following this, he pursued his hematology-oncology fellowship at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.
When did you join Illinois CancerCare?
Hobbies / Interests:
Spending time with my family, playing soccer, and watching football games.
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
Immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
Why did you choose your field?
The biology of the diseases and my previous research experiences.
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
The people at Illinois CancerCare, from the medical staff to the administrative staff, are so friendly and helpful. They make me feel at home at Illinois CancerCare.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
Keep a positive attitude. With the advent of new treatments, the outcomes of many cancers have changed drastically in the past decade. My team and I will help you and your family go through these difficult times.