Laurie H. Glimcher Headshot
Report a problem with this profile
[email protected]

Laurie H. Glimcher      

President & CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Cancer Research Specialist

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD is the president and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a comprehensive cancer treatment and research center in Boston, Massachusetts.

She is a member of the Cancer Research Institute, Prix Galien, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, and Repare Therapeutics Scientific Advisory Boards, the Lasker Award Jury, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Association of American Cancer Institutes, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

She is the co-founder of Quentis Therapeutics. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Bristol Myers Squibb pharmaceutical corporation, and is currently on the Corporate Board of Directors of the GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical corporation and the Waters Corporation.

A trailblazer in cancer research, Dr. Glimcher is celebrated for her research discoveries in the fields of transcriptional regulation, lymphocyte differentiation, immunology, and osteobiology. As an immunologist, her primary research interests are elucidating the molecular pathways that regulate the immune system, critical for both the development of protective immunity and for the pathophysiologic immune responses underlying autoimmune, infectious, and malignant diseases.

Dr. Glimcher speaks nationally and internationally on cancer, immunology, skeletal biology, and translational medicine, and has contributed more than 350 scholarly articles and papers to the medical literature.

Aside from her research efforts, Dr. Glimcher has been a staunch proponent of improved access to care, health policy, and medical education, while simultaneously serving as a pioneering mentor and role model for cancer research trainees and for all women in science. Notably, she was the first female to be appointed Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, and is the first female President and Chief Executive Officer of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

In addition, Dr. Glimcher was Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University. Previously, she was the Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she was director of the Division of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she headed one of the top immunology programs in the world. She also served as Senior Physician and Rheumatologist at the Brigham and Woman's Hospital.

Dr. Glimcher received her postdoctoral training at Harvard and in the Laboratory of Immunology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She received her BA degree from Radcliffe College and her MD from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Glimcher is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Soma Weiss Award for Undergraduate Research, the Distinguished Young Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology, the Leukemia Society's Stohlman Memorial Scholar Award, the Arthritis Foundation's Lee S. Howley Award, the FASEB Excellence in Science Award, the American Society of Clinical Investigation Investigator Award, the Klemperer Award, the AAUW Senior Scholar Award, the Huang Meritorious Career Award, the AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award, the Dean's Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Women Faculty and the American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Investigator Award.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences. She is the former President of the American Association of Immunologists. She is a member of the American Asthma Foundation, Immune Diseases Institute, Health Care Ventures, Burroughs-Wellcome Fund and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Scientific Advisory Boards, and serves on the Cancer Research Institute Fellowship Committee.

Related Speakers View all


More like Laurie