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Lymphoma Clinic

The Comprehensive Lymphoma Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago is a multidisciplinary program of physicians and other specialists who work collaboratively to provide patients with accurate diagnosis, comprehensive treatment and follow-up care for the following cancers:

-- Hodgkin lymphoma
-- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
-- Hairy cell leukemia
​-- Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia​​


Kelly Grant, NP, joined Rush as a nurse in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and her MSN from Rush University College of Nursing. Currently, Kelly serves as the Lymphoma Clinic Coordinator. ​

Linda Pierchala, BSN, joined Rush in 2013.  She received her BSN from Indiana University and started in research in 1995. Currently, Linda serves as the Clinical Trials Nurse for Lymphoma/CLL.

Parameswaran Venugopal, MD, is the Samuel Taylor III, MD, Professor of Oncology at Rush University Medical Center, where he is the Director of the Section of Hematology and Associate Director, DHOC. He received his medical degree from Trivandrum Medical College, University of Kerala, in India and then trained in Hematology/ Oncology at the Tata Memorial Cancer Center in Bombay. Dr. Venugopal earned a postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Hematology at the University of London, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital. Subsequently he completed residency and fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at Rush University Medical Center.


Dr. Venugopal is actively involved in clinical and laboratory research in leukemia and lymphoma. He has designed and conducted studies involving translational research combining monoclonal antibodies with cytotoxic and biologic agents in lymphoma, leukemia, and other hematological malignancies. The major focus of his research involves the development of novel methods of enhancing tumor response to biologic agents. In the laboratory, he has identified several cytokines that enhance the expression of tumor cell antigens, increasing their sensitivity to monoclonal antibodies. He has been an invited speaker at many medical institutions, both in the United States and abroad. He has authored or co-authored 91 full-length manuscripts, 7 book chapters, and over 240 abstracts.


Dr. Venugopal is an active member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Association for Cancer Research. He has received awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology/American Association for Cancer Research, the Cure For Lymphoma Foundation and the Berlex Oncology Foundation. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Leukemia Society of  America.​​


​​​​​The following services are offered by the Comprehensive Lymphoma Center at Rush:

Complementary, integrative cancer medicine

Rush University Medical Center has a dedicated Cancer Integrative Medicine Program that offers patients access to complementary treatments that include acupuncture, biofeedback, guided imagery, counseling, massage therapy, medical hypnosis, nutritional counseling and yoga. For more information, see our Cancer Integrative Medicine Program page.

Supportive & Educational Services

Rush is committed to helping patients and their families cope with the psychological, emotional and spiritual effects of cancer. We offer our patients access to a variety of cancer support programs, including the ability to meet with an American Cancer Society patient navigator, who assesses the individual patient needs and provides information about available community services and programs. For more information, please visit our P​atient Navigator ​page.

Second Opinions

Rush welcomes patients seeking second opinions. If you have been diagnosed with lymphoma, you may want to get a second opinion to make sure that the diagnosis is accurate and that your treatment plan is the best one for you.

Comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment for all lymphomas​​

The Comprehensive Lymphoma Center is led by Parameswaran Venugopal, MD. The Comprehensive Lymphoma Center clinical team is comprised of hematologists, dermatologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and hematopathologists.

The Center also works closely with two additional programs at Rush for comprehensive care of lymphoma patients:

Clinical Trials for Lymphomas

As part of an academic medical center, patients of the Comprehensive Lymphoma Center also have access to the latest treatments and research studies.  For more information about currently recruiting clinical trials, see Lymphoma Clinical Trials


Webcasts about lymphoma from the Lymphoma Research Foundation​

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1725 W. Harrison St.
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Chicago, IL 60612
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Fax: (312) 942-3192
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