Dina and Raphael Racanati Chair of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Groopman holds the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and is Chief of Experimental Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his B.A. from Columbia College summa cum laude and his M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He served his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and his specialty fellowships in hematology and oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Children’s Hospital/Sidney Farber Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston. He serves on many scientific editorial boards and has published more than 150 scientific articles.
In 2000, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2008, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Dr. Groopman’s research has focused on blood development, cancer and AIDS. Currently, his basic laboratory research involves understanding how blood and vascular cells grow, communicate, and migrate. He also is studying how viruses cause immune deficiency and cancer, the role of endocannabinoids in hematopoiesis, mechanisms of liver injury due to hepatitis C virus, and the effects of novel cell cycle inhibitors against mantle cell lymphoma.
Dr. Groopman writes regularly about biology and medicine for lay audiences. He has authored numerous editorials on policy issues in The New Republic, the Washington Post and the New York Times. His first popular book, “The Measure of Our Days,” published in October, 1997, and explores the spiritual lives of patients with serious illness. This was the basis for the ABC Television series “Gideon’s Crossing.” In 1998, he became a staff writer in medicine and biology at the New Yorker magazine. His next book, entitled “Second Opinions,” was published in February 2000, and his third book, “The Anatomy of Hope,” was released in 2004 and was a New York Times bestseller. His most recent book, “How Doctors Think,” published in March 2007, explores how physicians arrive at the correct diagnosis and treatment, and why they may not. In conjunction with his spouse, Dr. Pamela Hartzband, he is a bimonthly columnist for “ACP Internist,” the publication of the American College of Physicians read by 150,000 internal medicine physicians in the United States and Canada.