Peter D Emanuel, MD

Dr. Peter Emanuel was born and grew up in Wisconsin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, and attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin.

Following medical school, Dr. Emanuel moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he finished his training with an internship and residency in internal medicine and a subspecialty fellowship in hematology/oncology. Upon completion of his training, he joined the faculty at UAB where he served as a professor in the Departments of Medicine, Genetics, and Biochemistry.

From 2004 - 2006, Dr. Emanuel served as acting director of the National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. He has served as director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS since 2007 and oversaw its addition of a 12-story research and treatment tower that opened in 2010. 

He is internationally renowned for his bench-to-bedside research in both pediatric and adult forms of leukemia. His research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1992. His current laboratory research efforts are funded by nearly $1 million annually from the NIH. 

Dr. Emanuel has been selected to Castle Connolly’s “Best Doctors in America” list every year since 2001 and to “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer” listing for the last two years. He formerly served as editor-in-chief of The Hematologist, published by The American Society of Hematology, and is a member of the society’s executive committee as well as several other committee appointments in the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 

Professional Certifications and Education

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 1988
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology, 1994, 2004
  • Fellowship: Post-Doctoral Research, Hematology/Oncology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, 1992
  • Fellowship: Clinical, Hematology/Oncology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, 1991
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, 1988
  • Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, 1988
  • University: M.D. DEGREE: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1985


  • Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • Leukemia
  • Internal Medicine

Conditions/Diseases Treated

UAMS doctors treat a broad range of conditions some of which may not be listed below.

  • Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Patient Story - Full Circle: UAMS Doctor Finds Peace After Two-Time Battle with Rare Form of Leukemia
Patient Story - Two Decade Search Ends with Answers at UAMS

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Type of Doctor

  • For Adults

Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Institute Affiliations

Academic Appointment

  • Cancer Institute, Executive Director
    Department: Hematology and Oncology

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