Hussna E. Abunafeesa, M.D.

Hussna E. Abunafeesa, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Hematology/Oncology
  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Hematology and Oncology


Hussna E. Abunafeesa, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in hematology and oncology and has a special interest in gastrointestinal oncology.

After earning her medical degree at Ahfad University for Women in Sudan, where she served as president of her medical student association, Dr. Abunafeesa completed a residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She gained advanced training in hematology and oncology through a fellowship at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2023.

Dr. Abunafeesa is a member of various professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society of Hematology.

Her clinical interests include bridging health disparities in oncology and being a resource for clinical trials within the community. She has published several articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals related to her areas of interest.

Personal Note

When she’s not at work, Dr. Abunafeesa enjoys motherhood, event planning, and travel with friends and family.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Henry Ford Hospital (2020-2023), Hematology Oncology
  • Residency - Henry Ford Hospital (2017-2020), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Ahfad University (2007-2013)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology
  • Sudan Medical Council
Honors & Awards
  • Medical Students’ Association President 2013, Ahfad University for Women
  • Medical Student Research Distinction Award 2013, Ahfad University for Women
  • Officer for Human Rights and Peace 2012, Medical Students International Network – Sudan
Books & Publications
  • A Rare Presentation of Concomitant Lung Disease and Hepatitis After Rituximab Treatment: A Case Report. Albusoul L, Abunafeesa H, Dabak V, Cureus 2023 May 15 5 e38910
  • An Urban Center Experience Exploring Barriers to Adherence to Endoscopic Surveillance for Non-Dysplastic Barrett's Esophagus. Isseh M, Mueller L, Abunafeesa H, Imam Z, Shakaroun D, Abu Ghanimeh M, Isseh N, Miller J, Jafri SM, Lenhart A, Cureus 2021 Jan 13 1 e13030
  • Satisfaction of hem/onc patients with video visits during the COVID-19 pandemic at a tertiary care center in Michigan Fawzi Abu Rous, Sunny R K Singh, Pin Li, Mohamed Elgamal, Hussna Abunafeesa, Rebecca Chacko, Sowjanya Vuyyala, Yaser Alkhatib, Philip Kuriakose JCO 2021 39 28 4
  • Management of altered mental status and delirium in cancer patients. El Majzoub I, Abunafeesa H, Cheaito R, Cheaito MA, Elsayem AF, Ann Palliat Med 2019 Nov 8 5 728-739
  • Association of emergency department admission and early inpatient palliative care consultation with hospital mortality in a comprehensive cancer center. El Majzoub I, Qdaisat A, Chaftari PS, Yeung SJ, Sawaya RD, Jizzini M, Carreras MTC, Abunafeesa H, Elsayem AF, Support Care Cancer 2019 Jul 27 7 2649-2655
  • CLINICAL PREDICTIVE MODEL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF VENOUS THROMBOEMBOLISM IN GLIOBLASTOMA Yust-Katz S , Donthireddy V , Mandel J , Abunafeesa H , Patil N , Yadav D , Jabbour-Aida H , Wu J , Yuan Y , Tsavachidis S , Walbert T , Bondy M , Armstrong T Neuro Oncol 2019 21 Supplement_6 Page vi204
  • Primary Versus Secondary Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia: A Retrospective Analysis of Diagnostic Patterns and Treatment Outcomes Laurel Mueller, DO, MPH, Hussna Abunafeesa, MBBS, Diego Cabrera Fernandez, MD, Philip Kuriakose, MD 2018 132 Supplement1
  • Socioeconomic Disparity Is a Major Factor in Adherence to Endoscopic Surveillance for Non-Dysplastic Barrett’s Esophagus Isseh, Mahmoud MD, Mueller, Laurel DO, Abunafeesa, Hussna MBBS, Shakaroun, Dania MD, Abu Ghanimeh, Mouhanna K. MD, Fernandez, Christopher MD, Mullins, Keith MD, Miller, Joseph MD, Jafri, Syed-Mohammed MD, Lenhart, Adrienne MD
  • Cultural diversity and barriers to high-quality end of life care. Abunafeesa H, Elsayem AF, Ann Palliat Med 2017 Apr 6 2 183-186

Clinical Focus

  • Gastrointestinal Oncology
  • Hematology and Oncology

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