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    David G. Nathan, MD

    David G. Nathan, MD
    President Emeritus, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Robert A. Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


    Pediatric Blood Disorders

    Office phone: 617-632-2155
    Appointment phone: 617-355-8246, ext. 1
    Fax: 617-632-2161
    Email: david_nathan@dfci.harvard.edu

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    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

    Research Department

    Pediatric Oncology


    Aplastic anemia, Thalassemia, Sickle cell disease

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215


    Dr. Nathan received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1955, and was senior resident in medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and clinical associate at the National Cancer Institute. Between 1967 and 1984, he was chief of hematology at Children's Hospital Boston (CHB), and then chief of hematology and oncology at CHB and DFCI. He chaired the Department of Pediatrics from 1985 to 1995, and served as president of DFCI until 2000.


    Board Certification
    Internal Medicine

    National Cancer Institute, 1956-1958

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1958-1959

    Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1955-1956

    Medical School
    Harvard Medical School, 1955

    Recent Awards

    • John Stearns Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Medicine of the New York Academy of Medicine, 2009
    • George M. Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians, 2006
    • Howland Medal of the American Pediatric Society, 2003
    • Annual Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, NIH, 1996
    • Henry Stratton Medal, American Society of Hematology, 1995
    • National Medal of Science, 1990
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