Meet Leukemia Expert Martin Tallman


Chief of the Leukemia Service Martin S. Tallman discusses how Memorial Sloan Kettering’s experts collaborate to deliver the most-promising therapies, and how he cares for patients as if they were members of his own family.


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I need to know your out look on wait and see with cronic lymphatic leukemia

Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we can’t answer personal medical questions on our blog. If you’d like to make an appointment to discuss your particular situation with one of our doctors, please call 800-525-2225.

i understand that you have curcumin/green tea drink to combat chronic luekemia?

I had to reply to this, as it hits a personal note. I was diagnosed in 2005 with CML, and was referred to Dr. Tallman at Northwestern in Chicago. Saying he cares for patients as if they were a family member couldnt be closer to the truth. I have never felt as cared for, both emotionally and physically, as I did with Dr. Tallman. I was lucky enough to be under his care for 5 years, and truly believe he is the BEST at what he does. He is missed in Chicago!!

I was diagnosed with CML in Blast Crisis in 2008 and was referred to Dr. Tallman as I needed an unrelated donor stem cell transplant. He was outstanding. During the scariest time of my life, he provided the care and expertise that I needed. He made sure to take the time to answer all my questions, to care for my condition and to make sure I knew what was going on. I was so lucky to have him as my doctor and believe I'm alive today because of Dr. Tallman. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him in Chicago but I know he is helping so many others.

I had sent some of my records to you knowing you are the best I want your hospital to keep my records how long will they keep them without making a appointment I am now at cleveland clinic have CLL 0 stage wait and see is waiting a good idea Darlene Jernejec Thank You

Darlene, unfortunately we are not able to answer personal medical questions on our blog. We spoke to someone about this and they said these types of records are generally kept about six months. If you would like to speak with someone at Memorial Sloan-Kettering again, please call 800-525-2225 or go to Thank you for your comment.

My husband is recently diagnosed with ALL B -Cell Leukemia in March of 2013. He is 41 years old and is undergoing treatment at GWU hospital in DC under the care of Dr IMAD TABBARA. He is undergoing Hyper CVAD Regime. With first induction chemo. His disease went into remission with first induction chemo. He completed the 2nd chemo and have still 6 more to go. His Cytogenetics indicate that the Philadelphia chromosome is negative and his oncologist commented that he has good prognosis based on other Cytogenetics . I wanted to schedule an appointment with Dr. Martin Tallman and get his opinion on his treatment options as he is the expert in treating adult leukemia.

I am a former patient and 20 year survivor of AML. Dr Tallman saved my life. I cannot say enough good about this man. I would not be here if he didn't create the study drug now known as the Atra pill. My family was out of state and I was living in the Chicago suburbs a young 25 yr old very scared. I often wonder how he is doing and wonder if he remembers his patients. Just want to tell him hello and mostly THANK YOU! Cristee Walden fka Cristee Beckes

Dear Cristee, thank you for your kind words. We are glad to know you are doing well and felt well-cared for by Dr. Tallman and the rest of your care team. He is now the Chief of MSK’s Leukemia Service. You can find out more about his work (and a short video of him) on his bio page:

We are happy for forward your note of gratitude to him. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our blog.

Dr. Tallman is one of the most kind, brilliant and caring doctors I have met in my long history of medical adversities over the last 17 years. I consider Marty a member of MY family and he has been an amazing advocate for my health and welfare since our relationship started in 2011.
Edward Green

Dear Edward, thank you for your kind words. We will share them with Dr. Tallman!