Dr Howard Kaufman | Chief Surgical Officer, Assoc Director
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Dr Howard Kaufman, Chief Surgical Officer, Assoc Director, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Dr. Howard L. Kaufman has been a leading authority on tumor immunotherapy for the treatment of melanoma. He pioneered the development of recombinant viral vectors encoding eukarytoic tumor antigens and immune modulatory genes for cancer therapy and has conducted over 50 cancer vaccine and immunotherapy clinical trials. Dr. Kaufman has maintained an NIH-funded laboratory in tumor immunology for nearly 15 years. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and received his MD degree from Loyola University, did a residency in General Surgery at Boston University and completed fellowship training in Tumor Immunology and Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He has previously held appointments as Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Associate Director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University in New York City. In 2009 he was recruited to be the first Director of the Rush University Cancer Center in Chicago and in 2014, he was recruited to New Jersey as the Chief Surgical Officer and Associate Director for Clinical Sciences at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Dr. Kaufman has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, books, review articles and abstracts and serves on the editorial board of several biomedical journals. He is the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Immunotherapy Applications and is a Senior Associate Editor at the Journal of Translational Medicine. He is a member of numerous professional societies and was elected President of the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer. Dr. Kaufman has chaired several NIH grant review study sections and has been appointed to the Board of Directors of several professional organizations, including the Melanoma Research Foundation, American Cancer Society-Eastern Division and the University of Illinois Chicago. 

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