Arkansas Cancer Coalition

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Sam “Issam” Makhoul, M.D. 

Dr. Makhoul is a hematologist/oncologist with more than 20 years of experience in the field. After his graduation from the hematology/oncology fellowship program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center he joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2002 as assistant professor. He moved through the rank to become Professor of Medicine, the Chief of Hematology/Oncology Program and the Laura Hutchins Hematology/Oncology Chair in 2013.

During his tenure at UAMS, Dr. Makhoul led the hematology/oncology fellowship program to become one of the strongest programs in the nation. He helped develop the clinical research program at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and was the lead investigator on several investigator-initiated, cooperative group and industry clinical trials in breast cancer and other malignancies. Dr. Makhoul mentored more than a hundred medical and graduate school students, residents and fellows and has more than 150 peer reviewed articles, abstracts and posters. He was the invited speakers at numerous local, regional and national meetings. He received many awards for his work and was selected by his peers as the Best Medical Oncologist in Arkansas for 2022 and 2023. 

In October 2021, Dr Makhoul accepted the position of Director of the Clinical Research Department at CARTI, the largest community-based cancer care delivery organization in the state of Arkansas. The goal of the program is to build a research network that spans the entire state and makes the newest and latest life-saving drugs available to all Arkansans wherever they are.