Steven J Burakoff

Steven J Burakoff, MD

  • PROFESSOR | Oncological Sciences
  • PROFESSOR | Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • PROFESSOR | Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology



Research Topic:

T Cells

Steven J. Burakoff, M.D., is currently the Lillian and Henry Stratton Professor of Medicine and served as Director of The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine from 2007-2017.  He is currently, Dean for Cancer Innovation and Chief, Pediatric Oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine. Prior to his appointment in 2007 to the Icahn School of Medicine, Dr. Burakoff was the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor at New York University School of Medicine, the Director of the New York University Cancer Institute, and the Director of the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine. 

Prior to joining the New York University School of Medicine, in 2000, he was Chair of Pediatric Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Margaret M. Dyson Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, and also received an Honorary Master’s of Science Degree from Harvard University. He was the recipient of the first Harvard Medical School Excellence in Mentoring Award.  He was also the Ted Williams Senior Investigator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Dr. Burakoff serves as a member of the External Advisory Committee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center, University of Florida Cancer Center, and the Stony Brook Cancer Center. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation and he is on the Joint Scientific Advisory Board for Stand Up to Cancer.

Dr. Burakoff holds memberships in many professional societies and organizations, including: Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians, and the American Association of Immunologist where he served as Secretary-Treasurer.   He has been an Editor and Associate Editor for numerous journals and author of more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals.  In 2009, Dr. Burakoff received the American Association of Immunologists Lifetime Achievement Award.


American Board of Internal Medicine

Multi-Disciplinary Training Areas

Cancer Biology [CAB], Immunology [IMM]


MD, Albany Medical College

MA, Queens College

MA (hon), Harvard University

Harvard Medical School

New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center

Rockefeller University

Internship, General Medicine, Cornell Medical Center

Residency, General Medicine, Cornell Medical Center

Fellowship, Immunology, Rockefeller University

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