“The role of clinical trials is really to bring to patients the latest discoveries from the laboratory.”
Steven J. Burakoff, M.D., is the Dean for Cancer Innovation and Chief of Pediatric Oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also the Lillian and Henry Stratton Professor of Medicine and former Director of The Tisch Cancer Institute. His research focuses on cellular and molecular immunology, T-cell activation and signal transduction, and transplantation immunology.
Prior to joining the Icahn School of Medicine, Dr. Burakoff was the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, Director of the NYU Cancer Institute, and Director of the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. He also held the roles of Chair of Pediatric Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Margaret M. Dyson Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, for which he became the first recipient of its Excellence in Mentoring Award.
Dr. Burakoff has served on the Board of Trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he was the Ted Williams Senior Investigator; the External Advisory Committees of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center, University of Florida Cancer Center, and Stony Brook Cancer Center; the Board of Directors of the Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation; and the Scientific Advisory Boards of Stand Up To Cancer and Codagenix.
He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), where he served as Secretary-Treasurer. For his work, Dr. Burakoff has been honored with the AAI Lifetime Achievement Award and and Honorary Master’s of Science degree from Harvard University.
Dr. Burakoff received his B.A. from Lehigh University, his M.A. from Queens College, and his M.D. from Albany Medical College. He completed an internship and residency in general medicine at Cornell Medical Center and fellowship in immunology at Rockefeller University.