Dr. Catherine Lai, MD

Dr. Catherine Lai, MD

Dr. Catherine Lai, MD

Languages: English

Contact this Provider:

  • Hematology Oncology
Conditions I Treat
  • acute myelogenous leukemia
  • blood cancer
  • leukemia
  • leukemia genomics
  • leukocytosis
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Procedures I Perform
  • biological targeted therapy
  • bone marrow biopsy
  • cancer chemotherapy
  • early detection of cancer
  • immunotherapy
About the Provider

Catherine Lai, MD, MPH, is the director of Leukemia at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Board certified in hematology, medical oncology, and internal medicine, Dr. Lai specializes in detecting, monitoring, and treating acute leukemia in adults. Previously at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), she focused on clinical trials in acute leukemias. Under Dr. Lai’s leadership, the leukemia program offers acute leukemia patients advanced and highly specialized care, including clinical trials with immunotherapy. Dr. Lai’s clinical expertise complements a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to MedStar Georgetown’s Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy Program, which is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and offers treatment with stem cell transplants (autologous and allogeneic) and CAR-T cell therapy. Dr. Lai’s research focuses on novel therapeutics, designing and conducting clinical trials, and health outcomes for leukemia patients.

Dr. Lai’s main areas of clinical expertise include: 

  • Acute myeloid leukemia 
  • Acute lymphoid leukemia 
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia 
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome

  • Fellowship Program: National Institute of Health (2015)
  • Internship/Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago (2011)
  • Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine (2008)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology

Practice Locations
  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Washington, DC 20007
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Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital