Sarah J. Schlesinger, MD

Sarah J. Schlesinger has been a director since February 2018.  Dr. Schlesinger has spent more than 20 years working in the field of cellular immunity.  She is currently the Chair of The Rockefeller University Hospital’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Senior Physician and Associate Professor of Clinical Investigation at The Rockefeller University.  Prior to becoming Chair of the hospital’s IRB, Dr. Schlesinger served as Clinical Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and Clinical Director of The Laboratory of Cellular Immunology and Physiology - the laboratory led by the late Ralph M. Steinman, M.D., 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.  Before joining The Rockefeller University in 2003, Dr. Schlesinger was a scientist at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in New York City from 2002 to 2003, and a Research Physician/Pathologist at the Division of Retrovirology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research from 1996 to 2002.  Dr. Schlesinger trained in Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and began her career in pathology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and hospitals in New York including Buffalo General, Hospital New York and the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Dr. Schlesinger leads clinical trials and also chairs the research education and training committee of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at The Rockefeller University Hospital. She is co-director of Rockefeller’s Clinical Scholars program and the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Sciences program. Widely published in her field, Dr. Schlesinger has been recognized with numerous awards for her research and teaching. She is also a member of numerous, prominent medical societies, including the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Schlesinger serves on the board of three non-profit organizations: AVAC (AIDS Vaccines Advocacy Coalition); Global Viral; and The Hastings Center, the pre-eminent center for the study of bioethics. She served as an independent director of Ariad Pharmaceuticals from 2013 until its sale to Takeda in 2017. She is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Lycera Corp., as well as a consultant to Lycera’s CEO on matters of clinical development, and an independent director of Innoviva, Inc. Dr. Schlesinger graduated with honors from Wellesley College and obtained her medical doctorate from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

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