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Harold Varmus, M.D.

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Harold Varmus, M.D.

Harold Varmus, M.D.

Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, Senior Associate, New York Genome Center; Nobel Prize Winner

Dr. Harold Varmus is the co-recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for studies of the genetic basis of cancer.  He joined the Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2015 as the Lewis Thomas University Professor of Medicine.  Harold is also a senior associate member of the New York Genome Center, where he helps to develop programs in cancer genomics. 

Harold has served as the Director of the National Cancer Institute, the President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Director of the National Institutes of Health. 

Harold received a B.A. in English literature from Amherst College, followed by a graduate degree in English from Harvard University.  He received an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and received further training at Columbia University Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), before becoming a member of the UCSF basic science faculty.

A member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences and Medicine, Harold is involved in several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries.  He serves on advisory groups for several academic, governmental, philanthropic, and commercial institutions. He has authored roughly 400 scientific papers and five books, including a recent memoir entitled “The Art and Politics of Science.”  Harold served as co-chair of President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.  He is co-founder of the Public Library of Science and also served as Chairman of the Scientific Board of the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health.