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Rena Buckstein, MD, FRCPC

Affiliate scientist

Odette Cancer Centre
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room T2-042
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-5847
Fax: 416-480-6002


  • MD, 1989, Boston University, U.S.
  • FRCPC, 1996, internal medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
  • FRCPC, 1997, hematology, U of T
  • Fellowship, 1999, lymphoma, Odette Cancer Centre
  • Diploma, 2002, clinical epidemiology, U of T

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Affiliate scientist, Biological SciencesOdette Cancer Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Hematologist, medical oncology and hematology, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Associate professor, department of medicine, U of T
  • Head, hematology site group, Odette Cancer Centre
  • Director, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) research program, Odette Cancer Centre
  • Director, Canadian National Myelodysplastic Syndromes Registry

Research Foci:

  • Novel biologic therapies for hematological malignancies
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
  • Lymphomas
  • Impact of patient-related factors on clinical and patient-reported outcomes in MDS
  • Factors that impact quality of life in MDS

Research Summary:

Dr. Buckstein's research is clinical and focused on novel biological therapies for MDS and lymphomas. She is a clinician-investigator and interacts closely with the scientists of Sunnybrook Research Institute and elsewhere on collaborative projects. She conducts investigator-initiated research in the following areas:

  • targeted therapy and immunotherapy
  • red blood cell transfusions in MDS
  • MDS mutations as a component of aging
  • health outcomes research
  • patient reported outcomes
  • frailty and comorbidity as prognostic factors.

Dr. Buckstein is supported by research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.

Selected Publications:

See current publications list at PubMed.

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