Joseph Maakaron, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation

Joseph Maakaron

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Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street, SE
MMC 480
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Kris Blomquist

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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation

Hematologist; Oncologist

Medical School, American University of Beirut School of Medicine, Beirut, Lebanon

Residency, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Fellowship, James Cancer Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


I specialize in treating blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma utilizing chemotherapy and radiation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and cellular therapy. I focus particularly on cellular therapies such as bone marrow transplantation and modified lymphocytes (CAR-T and CAR-NK). My research focuses on making these products safer to administer and more widely available.


  • Cellular therapies
  • Lymphoma
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Non-hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Hematological malignancies

Awards & Recognition

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American University of Beirut (2011)
  • Standard of Excellence Award, International Foundation of Medicine (2010)

Professional Associations

  • American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology
  • American Association for Cancer Research


Research Summary/Interests

My research focuses on utilizing biomarkers to predict outcomes of novel cellular therapies. In the short term, this will allow for better patient care and safer delivery of these novel treatments. In the long run, it will allow us to determine who benefits and who doesn't from these, and more specifically, what to do with patients who are unlikely to benefit.



Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Clinic;Clinics and Surgery Center;Masonic Cancer Center

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

Clinical Interests

T-cell lymphoma; Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; Acute leukemia; Bone marrow transplant; Cellular therapies; CAR-T cells