Sawsan Rashdan, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Hematology and Oncology. She specializes in treating non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, and carcinoid tumors.

Dr. Rashdan earned her medical degree at the Faculty of Medicine of Damascus University in Syria. She performed her residency in internal medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she also completed advanced fellowship training in hematology and oncology.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in hematology and medical oncology, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2016.

Dr. Rashdan’s research focuses on immunotherapy treatment in lung cancer, and she has published a number of academic articles on the subject. She has received funding to pilot a clinical trial to investigate the role of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) plus osimertinib as first-line treatment in epidermal growth factor receptor-mutated non-small cell lung cancer. Additionally, she is leading an effort to reduce inequities of health care and increase access of cancer prevention education in minority groups.

Dr. Rashdan also spends time teaching UT Southwestern trainees. She leads the lung cancer curriculum for the hematology and oncology fellows at Parkland in addition to mentoring many fellows, residents and medical students.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, American Muslim Women Physicians Association, and the Dallas County Medical Society. At UT Southwestern, she is a member of several committees, including the Department of Internal Medicine's Supporting Women in Achieving Greatness (SWAG) committee.

In 2017, she received a Pilot and Feasibility Biomedical Research Award from the Department of Internal Medicine.

Personal Note

Outside of medicine, Dr. Rashdan enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and traveling.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Damascus University School of Medicine, Syria (2001-2008)
  • Fellowship - Indiana University School of Medicine (2013-2016), Hematology Oncology
  • Residency - Indiana University School of Medicine (2009-2012), Internal Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • American Muslim Women Physicians Association
Honors & Awards
  • Pilot and Feasibility Biomedical Research Award 2017, UT Southwestern Department of Medicine
  • Appreciation Award 2006, First Annual Congress of the Faculty of Medicine
  • Certificate of Excellence 2006, Ministry of Higher Education for research efforts
  • Certificate of Excellence 2006, Graduated from "Alruwad for Outstanding Students" high school among the top 1% countrywide with a rating of excellence
Books & Publications
  • Immunotherapy Treatment in Lung Cancer

Clinical Focus

  • Lung Cancer
  • Medical Treatment of Lung Cancer

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