Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

214 Patient Ratings
71 Patient Comments

Djordje Atanackovic, M.D.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

214 Patient Ratings
71 Patient Comments



  • English

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address


Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Hematology/BMT
Board Certification Hamburg Medical Council (Sub: Oncology/Hematology)
German Medical Association (Internal Medicine)

Patient Ratings

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Patient Comments

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January 30, 2017

Jan Weidner is an excellent PA. Calm, empathetic and efficiant.

January 08, 2017

very good experience

January 03, 2017

Dr. A is the best. I can have really bad anxiety and he makes me feel so at ease. I can be worried and leave feeling great! He and his staff are remarkable, so caring and make me feel so fortunate to have them all as my care givers.

October 18, 2016

excellent care

October 06, 2016

I was very happy with Dr. A

October 03, 2016

everything is awesome except appt times are hard

September 29, 2016

I have nothing to add.

September 23, 2016

dr. needs to empathize with patient, the person that has the cancer.

September 21, 2016

Dr. Atanackovick's willingness to explain in detail the test results with me was greatly appreciated.

August 26, 2016

Dr. A and all of the staff are patient and thorough. I seem to have a most challenging type of cancer. Doctor and PA's are understanding of my condition and constantly are adapting treatments for me. They spend all the time I need until I understand the new plan. These are exceptional people.

August 24, 2016

I feel the entire process at BMT would be improved if you provided a one-hour "induction" meeting for new patients. I never figure out what's happening until I make a mistake. For instance, I brought 4 family members to meeting with Dr. A and JanPA-- I should have taken most of my questions to Oncology Support instead of expecting Dr. A to answer questions. But I didn't understand, and we took an entire HOUR of Dr. A's time when he had 11 other patients to see in the morning. I think if you had an introductory meeting for new patients it would solve this problem. Or maybe it's just a problem for me. Let me tell you, your HCH library doesn't answer questions very well. It would be helpful if you had a Myeloma support group, too.

July 26, 2016

Dr A is amazing and explains everything

July 16, 2016

All provide the best of care. Really appreciate the concern of ALL of the staff. Others drop in to check on us and are genuinely concerned about us. Thank you BMT staff for all you do for us. You are the BEST!

July 06, 2016

I felt very confident with the care providers abilities and professionalism

May 28, 2016

I have always been very pleased with all staff at Huntsman; I have no negative experiences with any of my care at this facility.

March 29, 2016

I would recommend Huntsman, to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer, especially with Multiple Myeloma

March 26, 2016

Dr. A and Dr. Mary are exceptional. they explain everything. They have researched the latest labs and test prior to discussing treatment with me. They show up prepared to speak with ME - not just another patient.

March 21, 2016

Dr. A is outstanding and needs help so he can do his time in clinic, but also continue his research. The Huntsman ran off Dr. Tricot, don't make that mistake again.

March 11, 2016

Dr. Djorge Anatakovich or Dr. A is the best and knowledgeable doctor in my own opinion.

March 03, 2016

Dr. A has always taken the time with me about any questions that I or my wife has had. The same goes for the PA's and the nursing staff at the 2C clinic

March 02, 2016

Dr A is absolutely the best

March 01, 2016

Dr. A has my total care in mind which includes areas out of his discipline m

February 17, 2016

Dr Adanacavic (?) has outspend bedside manner. He is unsurpassed in his explanations of all factors involved.

February 13, 2016

Dr. A is the best. He is knowledgeable and compassionate.

January 22, 2016

Awesome as always.

January 18, 2016

Most refreshing. The total me was seen, not just the problem

January 15, 2016

It was very informative

January 12, 2016

Always looking out for what is best for me and takes the time to answer questions and explain why.

November 25, 2015

visits to huntsman are good even when news is less than sensational

October 09, 2015

We recommend our Huntsman "team" to everyone we meet. Excellent people providing excellent service.

October 09, 2015

Dr A is great!

October 03, 2015

I am very happy with Dr. Atanackovic

September 17, 2015

Dr. A and Mary Steinbach were/are outstanding...I couldn't ask for better care

September 08, 2015

Dr. A is very good in explaining about the result of medical procedure and lab results.

July 29, 2015

Dr A is awesome!

July 21, 2015

I met with a number of care providers....namely, Dr"A", and Mary...a "nurse practitioner' as well Bethany, and one other technicians as well as Francesca..At all times I felt as though they ALL were concerned with me and my diagnosis and the necessary future and continued care

June 29, 2015

I was extremely impressed by Dr. Atanackovic and his staff. They seemed to care a great deal about me as their patient. Tests and conditions was explained clearly. He made sure that all my questions were answered. He made me feel that my care was important to him and that all the bases were covered in my care. I appreciated his time and explanations of my tests and care. He is a very good doctor!

May 03, 2015

Due to kidney issues the course of action for future cancer treatment was put on hold. Attempts to discuss probable course of action / drugs was waived off. Since it takes several days for me to make a trip to SLC, it would have been nice to cover the possibilities while I was there. It is not like I can just pop in for another appointment. I made the effort to be available for over a week. The few minutes I spent with the Dr. seemed insufficient.

April 26, 2015

we learned so much and even though you fit us in the amount of time everyone spent with us was incredible.

April 23, 2015

Our visit with the Dr. A was very good and he answered all of the questions we had. Sometimes we might not know what questions to ask but we feel very confident under his care.

April 21, 2015

no complaints

March 28, 2015

All good.

March 27, 2015

Dr Atanackovic is amazing. I couldn't be happier about my transfer to his care. He exceeded what I had hoped for. I feel less anxious and believe that I will receive the best course of treatment possible.

March 26, 2015

Dr. A did not perform any kind of an exam at all. It would have been a lot easier and cheaper to just have someone call me and tell me the results. It would have saved me 500 miles of driving to spend less than 10 minutes with him

March 16, 2015

Thank you- I left feeling much better about my future than when I arrived.

March 09, 2015

I really liked all of the staff that helped us.

March 09, 2015

We both felt that Dr A was a great choice and I especially liked how he praised Dr Nuttail for his concern about POEMS

February 28, 2015


February 17, 2015

I have always had questions answered so I understand.

February 17, 2015

Muy buena

February 09, 2015

Very good.

January 29, 2015

Dr A explains things so anyone can understand. He is the best.

January 24, 2015

Dr. A is wonderful doctor. He is caring, concerned and very professional..

January 09, 2015

I have told every one I know "huntsman is the best

November 08, 2014

Was a very good experience, changes in treatment were made and explained why and what was to be expected in the near future.

October 23, 2014

The care providers are exceptional. In my case, I have a hard time remembering things and following the conversation and we had asked that my wife be present when the PA talks with me. It never fails that the PA arrives when my wife has stepped out of the room. I've asked that she be found before conversations, but things seem to go on without her. Then everything is delivered 2nd hand and not necessarily with our questions answered. I just can't follow a conversation or remember the questions that need asking.

October 20, 2014

Care provider was new at this particular position; I was the first patient she treated in her new position. Though a little uncertain about the protocol to follow she consulted with colleagues and did fine.

October 18, 2014

excellent service

October 12, 2014

I was very pleased and felt very assured about my diagnosis and prognosis. Dr. A was able to explain difficult test results in a way I could understand and reassure me of the diagnosis and prognosis that I found very comforting.

September 18, 2014

My eye was examined and deemed to be healing with no special treatment needed and I was told the tests ordered last week (Echo gram and EKG) were normal.

September 06, 2014

great job

July 18, 2014

this was my first visit with Dr Atanackovic - he was excellent

July 01, 2014

Did an excellent job.

June 25, 2014

systems problems were getting better for a while but things seem to be going downhill in terms of confusion amongst staff, wait times.

June 21, 2014

I always have fun with my bone Marrow Biopsies, after the third aspiration I raise my head and say "May I have another". This time the PA decided to do another aspiration and she was singing and I was pretending to snore. The assistant told me it was a very unique and entertaining procedure. I like to make people laugh!

June 16, 2014

Expected pain from Bone Marro Biopsy but she did an excellent job and the pain was barely noticible.

May 22, 2014

Excellent care by all who treated me that day.

May 20, 2014

Meeting and talking with Dr A was the first intelligent conversation we have had with a doctor since Dr Tricot left. Dr A is outstanding - knowledgeable and so willing to take time with us. We are delighted he has joined the BMT Clinic and hope he will be there for a long time. Please take good care of HIM!

May 01, 2014

dr Attanakovic (sp) had an AMAZING knowledge of his specialty!

April 28, 2014

Mary the nurse performed bone marrow biopsy, she was very good. Mary explained everything before proceeding. I will highly recommend her service.

April 26, 2014

Best of the best

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with B-cell Lymphoma
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Patients with Multiple Myeloma Including High-dose Chemotherapy Plus Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Development and Standardization of New Techniques for the Monitoring of Anti-Tumor Immune Responses
  • Quantification of Immunotherapy- and Stem Cell Transplantation-Induced Immune Responses
  • Management of Lung Cancer Patients
  • Analysis of Spontaneously Occurring Antibody and T Cell Responses Against Tumor Antigens in Patients with Various Malignancies
  • Identification of Targets for Immunotherapies in Hematologic Malignancies with a Focus on Multiple Myeloma

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Internal Medicine - Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Hematology/BMT
Board Certification Hamburg Medical Council (Sub: Oncology/Hematology)
German Medical Association (Internal Medicine)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-3229 School of Medicine
30 N 1900 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
Oncology/Hematology/Stem Cell Transplantation
Clinical Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellowship New York branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Postdoctoral Fellow
Residency University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Oncology/Hematology
Internal Medicine / Hematology / Stem Cell Transplantation
Internship Hotel Dieu de
Internship University of California San Diego
Internship University of Chicago
Internal Medicine
Free University Berlin
Philosophy, Psychology
Professional Medical Free University Berlin
Medical Studies


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Waizenegger JS, Ben-Batalla I, Weinhold N, Meissner T, Wroblewski M, Janning M, Riecken K, Binder M, Atanackovic D, Taipaleenmaeki H, Schewe D, Sawall S, Gensch V, Cubas-Cordova M, Seckinger A, Fiedler W, Hesse E, Kroger N, Fehse B, Hose D, Klein B, Raab MS, Pantel K, Bokemeyer C, Loges S (2015). Role of Growth arrest-specific gene 6-Mer axis in multiple myeloma. Leukemia, 29(3), 696-704.
  2. Bokemeyer C, Stein A, Ridwelski K, Atanackovic D, Arnold D, Woll E, Ulrich A, Fischer R, Kruger C, Schuhmacher C (2015). A phase II study of catumaxomab administered intra- and postoperatively as part of a multimodal approach in primarily resectable gastric cancer. Gastric Cancer, 18(4), 833-42.
  3. Kroger N, Stubig T, Atanackovic D (2014). Immune-modulating drugs and hypomethylating agents to prevent or treat relapse after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant, 20(2), 168-72.
  4. Laban S, Atanackovic D, Luetkens T, Knecht R, Busch CJ, Freytag M, Spagnoli G, Ritter G, Hoffmann TK, Knuth A, Sauter G, Wilczak W, Blessmann M, Borgmann K, Muenscher A, Clauditz TS (2014). Simultaneous cytoplasmic and nuclear protein expression of melanoma antigen-A family and NY-ESO-1 cancer-testis antigens represents an independent marker for poor survival in head and neck cancer. Int J Cancer, 135(5), 1142-52.
  5. Berdien B, Mock U, Atanackovic D, Fehse B (2014). TALEN-mediated editing of endogenous T-cell receptors facilitates efficient reprogramming of T lymphocytes by lentiviral gene transfer. Gene Ther, 21(6), 539-48.
  6. Stubig T, Badbaran A, Luetkens T, Hildebrandt Y, Atanackovic D, Binder TM, Fehse B, Kroger N (2014). 5-azacytidine promotes an inhibitory T-cell phenotype and impairs immune mediated antileukemic activity. Mediators Inflamm, 2014, 418292.
  7. Braga WM, da Silva BR, Alves VL, Bortoluzo AB, Atanackovic D, Colleoni GW (2014). Is there any relationship between gene expression of tumor antigens and CD4+ T cells in multiple myeloma? Immunotherapy, 6(5), 569-75.
  8. Luetkens T, Kobold S, Cao Y, Ristic M, Schilling G, Tams S, Bartels BM, Templin J, Bartels K, Hildebrandt Y, Yousef S, Marx A, Haag F, Bokemeyer C, Kroger N, Atanackovic D (2014). Functional autoantibodies against SSX-2 and NY-ESO-1 in multiple myeloma patients after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Cancer Immunol Immunother, 63(11), 1151-62.
  9. Braga WM, da Silva BR, de Carvalho AC, Maekawa YH, Bortoluzzo AB, Rizzatti EG, Atanackovic D, Colleoni GW (2014). FOXP3 and CTLA4 overexpression in multiple myeloma bone marrow as a sign of accumulation of CD4(+) T regulatory cells. Cancer Immunol Immunother, 63(11), 1189-97.
  10. Atanackovic D, Nowottne U, Freier E, Weber CS, Meyer S, Bartels K, Hildebrandt Y, Cao Y, Kroger N, Brunner-Weinzierl MC, Bokemeyer C, Deter HC (2013). Acute psychological stress increases peripheral blood CD3+CD56+ natural killer T cells in healthy men: possible implications for the development and treatment of allergic and autoimmune disorders. Stress, 16(4), 421-8.
  11. Berdien B, Reinhard H, Meyer S, Spock S, Kroger N, Atanackovic D, Fehse B (2013). Influenza virus-specific TCR-transduced T cells as a model for adoptive immunotherapy. Hum Vaccin Immunother, 9(6), 1205-16.
  12. Atanackovic D, Reinhard H, Meyer S, Spock S, Grob T, Luetkens T, Yousef S, Cao Y, Hildebrandt Y, Templin J, Bartels K, Lajmi N, Stoiber H, Kroger N, Atz J, Seimetz D, Izbicki JR, Bokemeyer C (2013). The trifunctional antibody catumaxomab amplifies and shapes tumor-specific immunity when applied to gastric cancer patients in the adjuvant setting. Hum Vaccin Immunother, 9(12), 2533-42.
  13. Kroger N, Zabelina T, Klyuchnikov E, Kropff M, Pfluger KH, Burchert A, Stubig T, Wolschke C, Ayuk F, Hildebrandt Y, Bacher U, Badbaran A, Schilling G, Hansen T, Atanackovic D, Zander AR (2013). Toxicity-reduced, myeloablative allograft followed by lenalidomide maintenance as salvage therapy for refractory/relapsed myeloma patients. Bone Marrow Transplant, 48(3), 403-7.
  14. Kroger N, Badbaran A, Zabelina T, Ayuk F, Wolschke C, Alchalby H, Klyuchnikov E, Atanackovic D, Schilling G, Hansen T, Schwarz S, Heinzelmann M, Zeschke S, Bacher U, Stubig T, Fehse B, Zander AR (2013). Impact of high-risk cytogenetics and achievement of molecular remission on long-term freedom from disease after autologous-allogeneic tandem transplantation in patients with multiple myeloma. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant, 19(3), 398-404.
  15. Wolschke C, Stubig T, Hegenbart U, Schonland S, Heinzelmann M, Hildebrandt Y, Ayuk F, Atanackovic D, Dreger P, Zander A, Kroger N (2013). Postallograft lenalidomide induces strong NK cell-mediated antimyeloma activity and risk for T cell-mediated GvHD: Results from a phase I/II dose-finding study. Exp Hematol, 41(2), 134-142.e3.
  16. Grob TJ, Hoenig T, Clauditz TS, Atanackovic D, Koenig AM, Vashist YK, Klose H, Simon R, Pantel K, Izbicki JR, Bokemeyer C, Sauter G, Wilczak W (2013). Frequent intratumoral heterogeneity of EGFR gene copy gain in non-small cell lung cancer. Lung Cancer, 79(3), 221-7.
  17. Kobold S, Luetkens T, Bartels BM, Cao Y, Hildebrandt Y, Sezer O, Reinhard H, Templin J, Bartels K, Lajmi N, Haag F, Bokemeyer C, Kroger N, Atanackovic D (2012). Longitudinal analysis of tetanus- and influenza-specific IgG antibodies in myeloma patients. Clin Dev Immunol, 2012, 134081.
  18. Atanackovic D, Hildebrandt Y, Templin J, Cao Y, Keller C, Panse J, Meyer S, Reinhard H, Bartels K, Lajmi N, Sezer O, Zander AR, Marx AH, Uhlig R, Zustin J, Bokemeyer C, Kroger N (2012). Role of interleukin 16 in multiple myeloma. J Natl Cancer Inst, 104(13), 1005-20.
  19. Grob TJ, Kannengiesser I, Tsourlakis MC, Atanackovic D, Koenig AM, Vashist YK, Klose H, Marx AH, Koops S, Simon R, Izbicki JR, Bokemeyer C, Sauter G, Wilczak W (2012). Heterogeneity of ERBB2 amplification in adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and large cell undifferentiated carcinoma of the lung. Mod Pathol, 25(12), 1566-73.


  1. Atanackovic D, Luetkens T, Kroger N (2014). Coinhibitory molecule PD-1 as a potential target for the immunotherapy of multiple myeloma. [Review]. Leukemia, 28(5), 993-1000.
  2. Berger LA, Riesenberg H, Bokemeyer C, Atanackovic D (2013). CNS metastases in non-small-cell lung cancer: current role of EGFR-TKI therapy and future perspectives. [Review]. Lung Cancer, 80(3), 242-8.
  3. Atanackovic D, Schilling G (2013). Second autologous transplant as salvage therapy in multiple myeloma. [Review]. Br J Haematol, 163(5), 565-72.
  4. Braga WM, Atanackovic D, Colleoni GW (2012). The role of regulatory T cells and TH17 cells in multiple myeloma. [Review]. Clin Dev Immunol, 2012, 293479.

Case Report

  1. Harbaum L, Marx A, Goekkurt E, Schafhausen P, Atanackovic D (2014). Treatment with dasatinib for chronic myeloid leukemia following imatinib-induced hepatotoxicity. Int J Hematol, 99(1), 91-4.


  1. Reinhard H, Yousef S, Luetkens T, Fehse B, Berdien B, Kroger N, Atanackovic D (2014). Cancer-testis antigen MAGE-C2/CT10 induces spontaneous CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell responses in multiple myeloma patients [Letter to the editor]. Blood Cancer J, 4, e212.
  2. Nuber N, Curioni-Fontecedro A, Dannenmann SR, Matter C, von Boehmer L, Atanackovic D, Knuth A, van den Broek M (2013). MAGE-C1/CT7 spontaneously triggers a CD4+ T-cell response in multiple myeloma patients [Letter to the editor]. Leukemia, 27(8), 1767-9.


  1. Atanackovic D, Luetkens T (10/25/2010). “Diagnosis and therapy of hematological malignancies”. U.S. Patent No. U.S. Patent application 61/254852. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  2. Atanackovic D, Krger N (03/03/2010). “IL-16 as a target for the diagnosis and therapy of haematological malignancies and solid tumors”. U.S. Patent No. U.S. Patent application 12/716481. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  3. US Patent 7803382 (09/09/2004). “Colon cancer antigen panel - The invention provides methods, compositions and kits for inducing and/or enhancing an immune response in a subject”. U.S. Patent No. Old LJ, Gnjatic S, Atanackovic D, Cerundolo V, Ling KL. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  4. Gnjatic S, Atanackovic D, Old LJ (05/27/2004). “Isolated NY-ESO-1 peptides which bind to HLA class II molecules and uses thereof”. U.S. Patent No. U.S. Patent application 10/556853. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Global Impact

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Residency University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Oncology/Hematology
Internal Medicine / Hematology / Stem Cell Transplantation
Resident Germany
Internship Hotel Dieu de
Intern France
Free University Berlin
Philosophy, Psychology
Professional Medical Free University Berlin
Medical Studies
M.D. Germany


Institution Description Country
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Assistant Professor of Medicine, Oncology/Hematology/Stem Cell Transplantation Germany
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf Assistant Professor of Medicine Germany
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Department of Oncology/Hematology/Stem Cell Transplantation Head of the inpatient unit for patients with hematologic malignancies and solid tumors Germany

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