Klaus (Martin) M. Kortum, M.D.

Photo of Klaus (Martin) M. Kortum, M.D.
  • Research Fellow, Multiple Myeloma
  • Laboratory of Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., at Mayo Clinic, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Hometown: Wurzburg, Germany
  • Medical School: University Hospital of Wurzburg

What sparked your interest in science?

I am convinced that in order to provide the best care to hematology patients, I need to have a profound knowledge of the recent advances in the field. Contributing to these advances will allow me to better understand the diseases and also to better judge treatment decisions.

How would you describe your area of expertise?

My focus is on understanding the genetic background and mechanisms of drug resistance in hematologic malignancies, with an emphasis on plasma cell dyscrasias such as multiple myeloma.

How will your research improve patient care or impact public health?

I am working on translational projects that directly impact patient care. For example, I am currently developing a genetic panel that might more precisely predict prognosis and better guide treatment decisions than the currently available options for patients with multiple myeloma, by utilizing next-generation sequencing methods.

Why did you choose Mayo Clinic to explore research?

Mayo Clinic is renowned worldwide for its outstanding patient care and research. In the field of multiple myeloma, Mayo Clinic in Arizona in particular provides unique expertise and research opportunities.

What do you like about living in Arizona?

I really enjoy living in the state of Arizona. Not only the favorable weather conditions but also the most impressive landscapes, such as the Grand Canyon and the beauty of the Sonoran desert, make it an exceptionally nice place to live.