Faculty Profile

Blase Polite
Section of Hematology / Oncology
Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730

Academic Interests

Dr. Polite specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies with a particular focus on colon and rectal cancer as well as on neuroendocrine tumors. Dr. Polite is the Principal Investigator at the University of Chicago for several national trials aimed at advancing our treatment of colon and rectal cancer at all stages including for individuals whose tumor has grown despite standard treatments. In conjunction with the recently established Center for GI Oncology at the University of Chicago, Dr. Polite works closely with national and international experts in surgical and radiation oncology and interventional gastroenterology. Through this team approach, individualized treatment plans can be established for each patient. In addition to his primary clinical responsibilities, Dr. Polite’s research has focused on understanding racial and ethnic differences in colon, breast and lung cancer outcomes and in trying to understand the link between obesity and colon cancer recurrence as well as the link between blood clots and colon cancer development

Clinical Interests



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  • BA, 1991, University of Chicago, Public Policy
  • MPH, 1992, Universityof Chicago, Public Policy
  • MD, 2000, Indiana University,
  • Residency, 2003, University of Chicago, Internal Medicine
  • MS, 2006, The University of Chicago, Health Studies
  • Fellowship, 2006, The University of Chicago, Hematology/Oncology