Physician’s Profile


Azra Raza, MD

Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Director, Myelodysplastic Syndrome Center

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.

Board Certificates
Medical Oncology
Internal Medicine
Areas of Expertise:
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Cancer Care
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Myeloproliferative Disease
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia/AML
Honors & Awards:

Some of Dr. Raza's awards include The First Lifetime Achievement Award from APPNA, Award in Academic Excellence twice (2007 and 2010) from Dogana, Woman of the Year Award from Safeer e Pakistan, CA, and The Hope Award in Cancer Research 2012.  Dr. Raza has been names as one of the 100 Women Who Matter by Newsweek Pakistan in March 2012.