Faculty Profile

Blase Polite
Section of Hematology / Oncology
Professor of Medicine
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Academic Interests

Dr. Polite is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and Physician in Chief for NWI, Cancer Service Line lead for Strategy and Network Development and a GI oncologist specializing in the treatment of patients with colorectal anal appendiceal pancreatic and neuroendocrine cancers. He has a clinical focus in oligometastatic colorectal and appendiceal cancer. He is actively involved at the National and local level in cancer health policy and cancer health equity. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and was named a Fellow of the Society in 2018. He has received awards recognizing his clinical and teaching efforts and was recently chosen as a Bucksbaum Institute Senior Faculty Scholar. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Polite earned his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, and went on to spend 4 years working on Health Care and Medicare reform policy in Washington DC with the Department of Health and Human Services and with the Office of Senator Bill Bradley. He received his MD from Indiana University and then did his training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of Chicago.

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