Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS

Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS

Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, has more than a decade of medical experience in medical oncology and hematology. He is the Director of the Leukemia Program at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute, Chair of the Oncologic Drugs Advisor Committee of the FDA and Co-Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplastic Syndromes International Foundation.

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How My Oldest Patients Are Also My Teachers

How My Oldest Patients Are Also My Teachers

Tags: anemia, geriatric health, medication

A doctor considers older patients who seem to have found a way to stay active in their golden years -- and he considers carefully how new medications can tinker with their health.

Letters On Tabletop

How Letters Bind Doctors to Their Patients

Tags: cancer, leukemia, patient story

When he entered the exam room to see his first patient of the day, Mikkael Sekeres, MD, finds a doctor from another department sitting in his chair, typing away at the computer on his tiny desk. Read more in an excerpt of his New York Times essay, "Letters to the Doctor."

anonymous doctor standing with arms crossed

The Doctor Waits to Hear Back From the Doctor

Tags: test results

A stress test result compels a doctor to try to get in to see a cardiologist. As the days drag by before he hears back, he sees firsthand what some patients go through with the waiting game.

man biting nails

The Man Who Kept His Cancer a Secret

Tags: bone marrow cancer, cancer, leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome

Telling family, friends and colleagues about your cancer diagnosis is among the most personal and sensitive issues you could face. Oncologist Mikkael Sekeres, MD, tells the story of a man who kept his cancer secret.

petri dish in research lab

Redefining ‘Cancer’ in a New Age

Tags: cancer, cancer research, Future of Healthcare

A working group from the National Cancer Institute recommends changing the definition of cancer to help improve approaches to the disease. Oncologist Mikkael Sekeres, MD, talks about this welcome shift.

woman tired at computer desk

Back to Work After Cancer Treatment

Tags: cancer

Robin Roberts returned to Good Morning America six months after leaving the show for cancer treatment. Oncologist Mikkael Sekeres talks about the challenges of returning to work while battling a serious illness.

patient smiling and talking with doctor

Even With Cancer, Laughter Helps

Tags: cancer, cancer treatment, humor, laughter

"Laughter is the best medicine" is a cliché, but it’s common for a reason. Oncologist Mikkael Sekeres, MD, talks about how his gentle teasing of his patients helps them feel better.

Hug for support

How to Handle a Cancer Diagnosis

Tags: cancer diagnosis, exercise, screenings, second opinion

An expert offers ways to cope with, and think about, a life-altering event like a cancer diagnosis.

Female scientist looking at test tube

MDS: Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Tags: aplastic anemia, bone marrow transplant, breast cancer, cancer treatments, chemotherapy, leukemia, MDS, myelodysplastic syndrome, radiation therapy, Robin Roberts

Ninety percent of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) cases have no known cause. The remaining 10 percent of MDS cases arise as a result of treatment for other cancers.