Researcher’s Profile

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Azra Raza, MD

Director, Myelodysplastic Syndrome Center
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Dr. Raza is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the MDS Center at Columbia University in New York, NY.She started her research in Myelodisplastic Syndromes (MDS) in 1982 and moved to Rush University, Chicago, Illinois in 1992, where she was the Charles Arthur Weaver Professor in Oncology and Director, Division of Myeloid Diseases. The MDS Program, along with a Tissue Repository containing more than 50,000 samples from MDS and acute leukemia patients was successfully relocated to the University of Massachusetts in 2004 and to Columbia University in 2010.

Before moving to New York, Dr. Raza was the Chief of Hematology Oncology and the Gladys Smith Martin Professor of Oncology at the University of Massachussetts in Worcester. She has published the results of her laboratory research and clinical trials in prestigious, peer reviewed journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Blood, Cancer, Cancer Research, British Journal of Hematology, Leukemia, and Leukemia Research. Dr. Raza serves on numerous national and international panels as a reviewer, consultant and advisor and is the recipient of a number of awards.

Research Statement: 

Dr. Raza belongs to that rare group of unique investigators who are adept at both basic and clinical research. Her basic research has been strictly therapy-driven and is marked by Dr. Raza's tireless efforts to move the advances in the laboratory to the bedside with alacrity for the improvement of treatment outcome of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) patients. Dr. Raza is well known internationally for several landmark observations related to the biology and treatment of MDS. She has published the results of her laboratory research and a large number of clinical trials in prestigious, peer reviewed journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Blood, Cancer, Cancer Research, British Journal of Hematology, Leukemia, Leukemia Research (250 full-length papers, 15 book chapters, 510 abstracts, and editor of a book devoted to MDS).

At Columbia University, Dr. Raza is the Director of the MDS Center which is backed by a basic research laboratory. There are a number of cutting edge clinical trials open for all stages of MDS patients at this Center. Dr. Raza serves on numerous National and International panels as a reviewer, consultant and advisor.