External Advisory Board
Edward Benz, MD
President, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine,
Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Pathology
Harvard Medical School
Edward J. Benz, Jr., MD, FACP is President and Chief Executive Officer of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, CEO of Dana-Farber Partners Cancer Care, Principal Investigator and Director of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Director of Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and a member of the Governing Board of Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center. He is the Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Benz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University (cum laude, biology and biochemistry) and Harvard Medical School (magna cum laude), where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. An internationally recognized hematologist, Dr. Benz received his training in internal medicine and hematology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, and the Yale University School of Medicine. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology, Dr. Benz is a clinically active internist and expert in inherited anemias and diseases of the red cell. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
As an educator, Dr. Benz has been an active teacher and mentor throughout his career. He has trained over 50 mentees in his laboratory, many of whom now hold senior faculty or leadership positions in academia, industry or private practice. Dr. Benz's accomplishments have been recognized by a number of distinctions, including membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Science. He is Past President of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, The American Society of Hematology and Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. He is currently President of the American Association of Cancer Institutes. In addition to numerous other NIH assignments, he chaired the NIH Director's Blue Ribbon Panel on the future of Intramural Clinical Research in 2003, and is currently the chair of the NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research.
In recognition of his contributions as a mentor, he was named winner of the 2007 American Society of Hematology Mentoring Award in Basic Science.