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  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, CWRU School of Medicine



Cynthia Owusu, M.D., M.S., is a medical oncologist at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center. She is also Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology.

A renowned expert in geriatric oncology, Dr. Owusu is currently the Principal Investigator on a $2.8 M research grant awarded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities. This study will examine the impact of physical activity on functional status, body composition and biomarkers of breast cancer prognosis among African American and socially disadvantaged breast cancer survivors. Her current clinical research efforts aim to increase functional status and participation of older women in clinical trials to potentially improve breast cancer outcomes in this population.

She has more than 33 publications with 25 published manuscripts containing original research and has presented 27 presentations on the local, regional and national levels.

Dr. Owusu is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Her other professional memberships include the Society of International Geriatric Oncology, the American Geriatric Society, the Aging and Cancer Research Group, and the Nutrition Obesity Research Center. She is part of the editorial board for the Journal of Geriatric Oncology and serves as an Ad Hoc Reviewer for seven different publications. Dr. Owusu is currently a mentor in the ASCO Diversity Mentoring Program and on the UH Seidman Cancer Center Patient and Family Advisory Council and Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Advisory Board.

Dr. Owusu is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Geriatrics. She joined the UH staff in 2006.

Dr. Owusu earned her medical degree from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. She completed her residency at the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ and her fellowship in geriatric oncology at the at Boston University Medical Center. She also holds a Masters in Epidemiology degree from the Boston University School of Public Health.

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology
American Board of Internal Medicine - Geriatric Medicine

Education & Training


1988, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Medical / Professional School(s)

1992, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology


2000, Internal Medicine - Newark Beth Israel Medical Center


2002, Internal Medicine - BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER


2003, Geriatric Medicine - Boston Medical Center

Research Fellowship

2006, Hematology/Oncology - Boston Medical Center


Breast Cancer, Geriatric Oncology, Hematology/Oncology

Awards & Recognition

  • Clinical Research Training Fellowship Award (CREST), Boston University, Boston, 2004
  • ASCO Foundation Young Investigator Award, 2005
  • NIH Minority Supplement Grant, 2005
  • NIH/NCI K12 Paul Calabresi Scholar Award, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, CWRU, Cleveland, 2006
  • Susan Komen Career Development Award, 2010
  • Independent Research Grant (1R01MD009699-01) from the National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities, 2015

Office Locations

UH Case Medical Center
Department of Medicine-Hematology and Oncology
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
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UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center
3909 Orange Pl
Ste 1100
Orange Village, OH 44122
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Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

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For calendar year 2013, Cynthia Owusu, MD did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.