Message from the Chief

Greetings…. I’m thrilled to join the faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Tisch Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated Cancer Center, as of June 2021. As a medical oncologist and clinician with an interest in breast cancer, HIV-associated cancers, translational science, and addressing racial and ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes, I am excited by the opportunities afforded by joining the faculty and leading the Division. I am particularly grateful to my predecessors in this position for building the Division, to the Director of the Tisch Cancer Institute, Dr. Ramon Parsons, for entrusting me with the position of Deputy Director, and to Dean Charney for his commitment to further strengthening the breadth and depth of the Division, and by extension the Tisch Cancer Institute.

The Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology in The Tisch Cancer Institute represents one of the largest clinical and research divisions at Icahn School of Medicine. The division has a rich history of distinguished faculty and accomplishments in benign and malignant hematology, as well as solid tumor oncology.

Division faculty are responsible for significant contributions to understanding blood banking, the pathophysiology of polycythemia vera, the role of tissue factor in blood clotting, the factors driving cancers of the blood, the biology of liver cancer progression, and the abnormal signaling in breast and other cancer cells. They have also made critical contributions to the development of combination chemotherapy for solid tumors and leukemia, the development of differentiation therapy for cancer, the use of growth factors in the support of cancer patients, novel therapies for multiple myeloma, a new standard of care for induction chemotherapy for head and neck cancers, and the introduction of a new therapy for myelodysplasia.

The next era of our division will see significant growth in translational research and care for patients with cancer and hematological disorders. The division continues to play a major role in the outstanding multidisciplinary care provided in The Tisch Cancer Institute, as well as a driver of personalized cancer care.

Joseph Sparano, MD
Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology) 
Chief, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology