Founder, CLL Society
Dr. Brian Koffman earned his B.Sc. and MDCM from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, completed his Family Practice residency at the University of Western Ontario, and his Psychiatry Fellowship at McMaster. Dr. Koffman taught at the University of Waterloo and is a retired Professor at the Keck School of Medicine, USC where he completed his Master of Science in Medical Education. His practice for the last 37 years has been with St. Jude Heritage Medical Group, Diamond Bar, California.
The former medical director of the nonprofit Primary Care Network (PCN), he helped develop and provide quality accredited CME and continues to love teaching both patients and doctors on various medical topics around the world.
Since his own diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2005, he has dedicated himself to educating and supporting the CLL community. Dr. Koffman believes that his dual status as a physician and patient provides a unique understanding that allows him to provide clear explanations of complex issues, advocate for his fellow patients and inform his fellow healthcare providers.
As a doctor turned patient, his popular blog that shares and explains his CLL journey and the wide scope of his efforts in patient advocacy and education have benefited countless patients with well over a million page views.
He founded and is the volunteer medical director of the highly respected not-for-profit CLL Society (CLLS) dedicated to the unmet needs of those with CLL. Dr. Koffman speaks around the world to fellow patients, physicians, and researchers sharing his unique perspective on how to best move forward in blood cancers.
Under his leadership, in its first two years, CLLS has launched 20 CLL patient lead support groups across Canada and the USA, held dozens of patient educational forums around the world, launched a website with >30,000 page views a month, published on the patient’s perspective in CLL and done original research on how patients make decision about their cancer treatment that was presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting in 2016.
He is licensed and board certified in Family Medicine in the USA and Canada. Dr. Koffman spends his little spare time reading, hiking, surfing, listening to the Beatles and Sinatra, playing with his grandchildren, and enjoying his vegan diet.