Alexander Starr, MD

Alexander was nine years old when his family came to the United States from the former Soviet Union. They settled in Chicago and in 1987 he became a naturalized citizen. His father is an internist, and since he was a young boy he wanted to be a doctor, too. He went to medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

His passion for soccer has taken him to the World Cup soccer games in South Africa, European Champions League finals in England, and countless stateside competitions.

Alexander and his wife Norma, an experienced chemotherapy nurse, researcher, and cancer navigator herself, have four sons. He feels fortunate to have a partner who understands the complexity of oncology. She helps him process the human-side of cancer care, beyond the science. He believes she helps      him be a better person and doctor.

“I am devoted to be your advocate in facing cancer so you can enjoy the people and things you love.”


  • Treatment of all cancer types
  • Treatment of adult blood disorders
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) trial participant


  • Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL


  • Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL


  • Rush Cancer Institute, Chicago, IL


  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology


  • Special interest in breast cancer
  • Author of a paper published in JAMA as an oncology fellow
  • Presented hallmark lecture in Vienna, Austria at the ECCO conference as an oncology fellow
  • Lectured to oncologists in Mexico, Austria, Turkey, and the Philippines
  • Born in Lviv Ukraine
  • Languages: English and Russian
  • Father of four
  • Enjoys soccer and world travel


Alexander is focused on the uniqueness of each person. He tailors decisions for his patients after gathering all the facts.
KEY TRAITS: Warm, optimistic, sociable