John P. Leonard, MD, Board of Directors

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Past Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
New York, NY

John P. Leonard, MD is the Past Chair for the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board (2012-2015).  He joined the LRF Board of Directors in 2017.  Dr. Leonard is the Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Senior Associate Dean for Innovation and Initiatives at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He also serves as attending physician at the New York – Weill Cornell Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital and is Executive Vice Chairman of the Weill Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. During his term as Chair of the SAB, Dr. Leonard oversaw the creation of the Lymphoma Scientific Research Mentoring Program (LSRMP), a mentoring and training program for early-career lymphoma researchers, and provided instrumental support in the creation of the Adolescent/Young Adult Lymphoma Initiative (AYAI), including the launch of the AYA Lymphoma Cooperative Group Correlative Grant, which awarded its first research grant in early 2015. He remains on the SAB as a general member, and continues to participate in a variety of patient education programs as well as serve as Visiting Faculty for the LSRMP.

An expert in hematology and oncology, Dr. Leonard’s research has been published in numerous medical journals, and he has served as a member of the editorial boards of Blood and the Journal of Clinical Oncology, leading international journals in these fields. He is the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma working group leader for the Lymphoma Committee of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), a multicenter cooperative group of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Leonard has served as an elected member of the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty board for Hematology, and he has also been elected to membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation. In 2017 he received the Miriam G. Wallach Award for Excellence in Humanistic Medical Care from New York Presbyterian Hospital.