Ahmad S. Halwani, MD
Clinical Instructor, Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine
Ahmad S. Halwani, M.D. is a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Halwani also has an appointment at the George E. Whalen Salt Lake City Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, and attends in their Leukemia-Lymphoma clinic. Specializing in the treatment of blood related cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia, his main clinical operation is at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute Clinic 2B.
Dr. Halwani's research interests include immunotherapy for hematologic malignancies, as well as understanding the interactions between the immune system and cancer. Immunotherapy for treatment of cancer is a rapidly expanding field. Novel antibodies target various cancer associated antigens. In addition, new immunomodulators target the microenvironment around the cancer cells. As the understanding of regulatory immune mechanisms evolves, T-cell costimulation inhibition is an exciting new modality that has shown exciting results in treatment of multiple cancers. As a clinical and translational investigator, Dr. Halwani's research focuses on design and implementation of clinical trials that bring recent advances in immunotherapy from bench to bedside.
He received his B.S. in Biology, with High Distinction, from the American University of of Beirut in Lebanon, followed by his medical degree also at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Halwani next completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, then two consecutive Fellowships, also at Iowa: in Allergy and Immunology and then in Medical Oncology. Dr. Halwani is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Allergy and Immunology.