Patient Care

Rita Assi, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Hematology-Oncology

Dr. Rita Assi obtained her M.D. degree from the Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences in 2010. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Assi completed a three-year residency training in Internal Medicine at the Lebanese University Affiliated Hospitals.

Following the completion of her residency training, Dr Assi pursued a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the American University of Beirut Medical Center from which she graduated in 2016. Subsequently, Dr. Assi moved to the U.S.A. where she completed an additional two-year fellowship in the diagnosis and management of leukemia at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She graduated from that program in July 2018.

Dr. Assi is a member of several prestigious international organizations and societies such as the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Society of Hematological Oncology. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston bestowed on Dr. Assi several honors and awards including the “Kimberley Patterson Endowed Fellowship in Leukemia Research‰” and “Best Leukemia Fellow‰”, as well as multiple abstract achievement awards. She also received the “Sherwin Family Endowed Award‰” from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr Assi has presented her work in several high-level regional and international meetings such as ASH and ASCO. She has pursued an academic and clinical research career in general hematology and oncology with a major focus on hematological, gastrointestinal and genitourinary malignancies, and a particular interest in clinical investigation. Dr Assi has been a collaborator on many clinical trials at MDACC and has built many databases.

Additionally, she has been working on prospective collection of plasma samples from AML patients to conduct cell-free DNA sequencing (liquid biopsy). This is a novel concept in leukemia. Dr Assi has developed a special interest in immunology and immunotherapy over the course of her training; she has been fortunate to work with Nobel Prize Laureate Dr Jim Allison on his platform and has presented an oral abstract on this subject at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting.

Dr. Assi is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious and high-impact scientific international journals.

Selected Publications

View Dr. Assi’s publications on PubMed (search terms: Assi R, Assi RE, Rita Assi).

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hematology, oncology, cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, immunotherapy, molecular genetics, benign hematology, thrombophilia, bleeding disorders, hematologic malignancy, bone marrow disorder, hematologic disease, thalassemia, sickle cell disease, anemia