Azra Raza, MD

Dr. Azra Raza is a renowned oncologist, researcher, and author making significant contributions in the field of Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS). Currently, she holds several prestigious positions at Columbia University, including Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director of the Evans Foundation MDS Center.

Driven by a passion for knowledge and a desire to improve the lives of cancer patients, Dr. Raza has dedicated her career to advancing scientific understanding and developing effective treatments for MDS. Her research has been recognized through numerous publications in top scientific journals including Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine and collaborations with leading pharmaceutical companies. Her passion for improving the lives of cancer patients extends beyond the lab, as she actively serves on numerous national and international panels, advising on policies and initiatives related to cancer research and treatment. She has been a member of core groups that participated at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, designing Breakthrough Developments in Science and Technology with President Bill Clinton and with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the Cancer Moonshot initiative.

Beyond her research prowess, Dr. Raza is also a dedicated mentor and advocate. She has guided countless students and colleagues through their academic and professional journeys. Additionally, her tireless efforts have earned her numerous awards, including recognition as one of the 100 Women Who Matter by Newsweek Pakistan, the Hope Award in Cancer Research, the First Lifetime Achievement Award from APPNA, Award in Academic Excellence twice (2007 and 2010) from Dogana, and Woman of the Year Award from Safeer-e-Pakistan, CA. She is the author of the best selling book The First Cell which was selected as the ten best science books of 2019 by Smithsonian. In The First Cell, Dr. Raza challenges the current medical approach to cancer, arguing for a shift towards more holistic and compassionate care. She also calls for greater investment in research and for increased awareness about the disease.

Dr. Raza's commitment extends beyond the scientific realm. She believes in the transformative power of art and literature and actively promotes their role in enriching lives and fostering understanding. Her co-authored book, "GHALIB: Epistemologies of Elegance," exemplifies this commitment.

Dr. Azra Raza is a true inspiration, demonstrating exceptional dedication, compassion, and intellectual leadership. Her contributions to cancer research and her unwavering support for the scientific community continue to pave the way for a brighter future for cancer patients worldwide.