Steven J. Burakoff, MD, is currently the Lillian and Henry Stratton professor of medicine, professor of oncological sciences, and the director of The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS). A native New Yorker, he graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science degree, received his master's degree from Queens College, and his medical degree from Albany Medical College. Dr. Burakoff, who prior to his appointment in 2007 to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter professor at New York University School of Medicine, the director of the New York University Cancer Institute, and the director of the Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine from 2000 to 2007. Prior to joining the New York University School of Medicine, in 2000, he was chair of pediatric oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Margaret M. Dyson professor of pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, and also received an Honorary Master of Science Degree from Harvard University. He was the recipient of the first Harvard Medical School Excellence in Mentoring Award. He was also the Ted Williams senior investigator at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and he served as a member of the board of trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Burakoff serves as a member of the External Advisory Committee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center and St. Jude's Cancer Center. He is also on the board of directors of the Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation and he is on the Joint Scientific Advisory Board for AACR/SU2C. Dr. Burakoff holds memberships in many professional societies and organizations, including: Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians, and the American Association of Immunologist where he served as secretary-treasurer.
He has been an editor and associate editor for numerous journals and author of more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals. In 2009, Dr. Burakoff received the American Association of Immunologists Lifetime Achievement Award.