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Dr. Kattan Honored with Endowed Chair


Michael Kattan, PhD, Chair of Quantitative Health Sciences, has been named the holder of The Dr. Keyhan and Dr. Jafar Mobasseri Endowed Chair for Innovations in Cancer Research.

Dr. Kattan is a pioneer in developing nomograms (cancer risk calculators), which are regularly used by doctors to predict their patients’ individual risk of developing cancer.  His data-driven, leading-edge work has earned him many accolades, including Cleveland Clinic’s prestigious Sones Innovation Award in 2016.

Dr. Kattan received his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in food science and an MBA in computer information systems/quantitative analysis from the University of Arkansas. He earned a PhD in business administration, majoring in management information systems with a minor in statistics from the University of Houston in 1993. He trained as a medical informatics postdoc and became an assistant professor of Urology and Medical Informatics at Baylor. He then went on to become an assistant attending outcomes research scientist at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases and an assistant member of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, both in New York. After a stint at Cornell University as an associate professor of biostatics in urology, he joined Cleveland Clinic in 2004 as chair of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences. In 2013, he was honored with the John M. Eisenberg Award for Practical Applications of Medical Decision Making Research from the Society for Medical Decision Making. Last year, he was invited by the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) to lead a team of experts in evaluating cancer risk prediction models to update the current cancer staging system.

Dr. Kattan is an active advocate for supporting patient-centered research, particularly for Cleveland Clinic’s VeloSano bike ride and cancer research fundraiser.

The Mobasseris have ties to Cleveland Clinic –  Jafar Mobasseri, MD, is a retired radiologist who trained here in the 1970s, and Keyhan Mobasseri, MD, is a semi-retired OB-GYN affiliated with Marymount Hospital and St. Vincent Charity Hospital.  Our late colleague Dr. Noa Noy held the inaugural Mobasseri chair for a brief time last year before her passing.


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