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Saar I. Gill, MD, PhD

Saar I. Gill, MD, PhD Physician

Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Gill is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)
  • Stem Cell Transplant

Description of Clinical Expertise

Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
Lymphoproliferative Neoplasms
Bone Marrow Failure

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Abramson Cancer Center

    Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine West Pavilion, 4th Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-7366 (PENN)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Melbourne
Residency: St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
Residency: St. Vincent Hospital
Residency: St. Vincent's Hospital
Fellowship: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, International American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy , International American Society of Hematology, International Graduate Group in Pharmacology (BGS), Local Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand, National Immunology and Host Defense Committee of the American Society of Hematology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Gill is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Tumor Immunology
Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cells
Mouse Models of Human Leukemia
Murine Xenografts
Adoptive Cellular Therapy
Genetic Engineering of T cells
Flow Cytometry

Selected Publications:

Ruella M, Klichinsky M, Kenderian SS, Shestova O, Ziober A, Kraft DO, Feldman M, Wasik MA, June CH, Gill S: Overcoming the Immunosuppressive Tumor Microenvironment of Hodgkin Lymphoma Using Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells Cancer Discovery : 2017.

Tasian Sarah K, Kenderian Saad S, Shen Feng, Ruella Marco, Shestova Olga, Kozlowski Miroslaw, Li Yong, Schrank-Hacker April, Morrissette Jennifer J D, Carroll Martin, June Carl H, Grupp Stephan A, Gill Saar: Optimized depletion of chimeric antigen receptor T cells in murine xenograft models of human acute myeloid leukemia. Blood 129 (17): 2395-2407,2017.

Glisovic-Aplenc Tina, Gill Saar, Spruce Lynn A, Smith Ian R, Fazelinia Hossein, Shestova Olga, Ding Hua, Tasian Sarah K, Aplenc Richard, Seeholzer Steven H: Improved surfaceome coverage with a label-free nonaffinity-purified workflow. Proteomics 17 (7): 2017.

Gill Saar: Monkey business: Repurposing a protein from the simian immunodeficiency virus to enhance cytotoxic chemotherapy. Science translational medicine 9 (375): 2017.

Gill Saar: CAR T cells engage in anticancer martial arts. Science translational medicine 9 (373): 2017.

Gill Saar: Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy in AML: How close are we? Best practice & research. Clinical haematology 29 (4): 329-333,2016.

Ruella Marco, Barrett David M, Kenderian Saad S, Shestova Olga, Hofmann Ted J, Perazzelli Jessica, Klichinsky Michael, Aikawa Vania, Nazimuddin Farzana, Kozlowski Miroslaw, Scholler John, Lacey Simon F, Melenhorst Jan J, Morrissette Jennifer J D, Christian David A, Hunter Christopher A, Kalos Michael, Porter David L, June Carl H, Grupp Stephan A, Gill Saar: Dual CD19 and CD123 targeting prevents antigen-loss relapses after CD19-directed immunotherapies. The Journal of clinical investigation 126 (10): 3814-3826,2016.

Kenderian Saad S, Porter David L, Gill Saar: Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: How Not to Put the CART Before the Horse. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation 23 (2): 235-246,2016.

Gill Saar: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Perspectives on CAR T Cells and Other Cellular Therapies for Hematologic Malignancies. Current hematologic malignancy reports 11 (4): 318-25,2016.

Kumar Anita J, Vassilev Pavel, Loren Alison W, Luger Selina M, Reshef Ran, Gill Saar, Smith Jacqueline, Goldstein Steven C, Hexner Elizabeth, Stadtmauer Edward A, Porter David, Frey Noelle V: Time to unrelated donor leukocyte infusion is longer, but incidence of GVHD and overall survival are similar for recipients of unrelated DLI compared to matched sibling DLI. American journal of hematology 91 (4): 426-9,2016.

Academic Contact Info

Room 8-101
Smilow Translational Research Center
3400 Civic Center Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 573-4015
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)