News Release

October 17, 2007

Contact: Christopher DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Blood Disorders Specialist Joins UConn Health Center

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Biree Andemariam, M.D., is now seeing patients at the newly established Lea’s Center for Hematologic Disorders in the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Andemariam specializes in hematologic blood disorders and hematologic oncology. Her areas of interest include hemophilia, sickle cell disease, leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and multiple myeloma. She also has a particular interest in bleeding and clotting disorders that impact women’s health.

“We’re here not only to prevent and treat cancer, but also to develop clinical and translational research to uncover new and more effective ways to do it,” Andemariam says.

The Hartford nonprofit Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research has committed $1.25 million to establish a new center for hematological disorders at the UConn Health Center, which will include Andemariam’s blood disorder research.

“Dr. Andemariam is part of what will be a critical mass of very well-qualified doctors whom Lea’s Foundation is enabling us to recruit,” says Neag Cancer Center Director Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D. “ She is a superbly trained, outstanding clinician-scientist who comes to us from a leading New York program.”

Andemariam graduated with research honors from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her postdoctoral training at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University, as an intern and assistant chief resident of internal medicine, then as a clinical fellow and ultimately chief fellow of hematology and medical oncology. She currently is pursuing a master’s in clinical investigation at Cornell.

Andemariam, 33, is a Hartford resident.

More information about the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center is available at  To schedule an appointment, call 860-679-2100 or 800-579-7822.

Caption: Biree Andemariam, M.D., has joined the UConn Health Center. Hematologic blood disorders and hematologic oncology are her primary areas of specialty. 

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