Dr. Mazen Safar received his medical degree from the University of Aleppo in Aleppo, Syria in 1991. In 1995 he went on to receive his certification in internal medicine from Penn State University. After that between the years of 1998 and 2000 Dr. Safar received his certifications in Hematology/Oncology and medical science from Harvard University. Dr. Safar joined the Hematology/Oncology division at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in July 2000. He is currently at the academic rank of Associate Professor of Medicine. His clinical activities are mainly in the affiliated John L McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. Since joining, he has taken a major role in the teaching activities of the division, predominantly in the hematology/oncology fellowship program. This enabled him to introduce cancer biology as a core component of the fellowship curriculum and provided me with a rare combination of clinical and basic science familiarity. He serves on the Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee of the Rockefeller Cancer Institute for the past 4 years and this has also provided me the opportunity to continue my active role in scientific oversight of the cancer program in UAMS. Recently, he was invited to serve on the COM Research Council. In addition, Dr. Safar has been the principal medical oncologist for colorectal and lung cancers in the VA oncology service. His current research focuses on identifying molecular biomarkers for angiogenesis therapy and studying the clinical applications of epigenetics to clinical oncology. In addition to the many things he has accomplished, Dr. Safar has also written numerous publications both on the local and national level.