Gwen Nichols, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Dr. Nichols received her MD with Honors from the State University of New York.  She trained in internal medicine at the University of Chicago, and did her hematology-oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she served as Chief Fellow.  She did post-doctoral research and was a Leukemia Service attending at MSKCC before being recruited to Columbia University as Director of the Hematologic Malignancies Program.  At Columbia she was a PI on numerous clinical trials, ran an active translational research laboratory, and was an Advisory Dean of Students.   Committee service included SWOG Leukemia Committee, the Education Committee of ASCO, and she continues to serve on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation.   She was chosen “Physician of the Year” at Columbia, and received the Humanism in Medicine Award.   Dr. Nichols joined Roche in 2007 and led the MDM2 franchise.  In 2013 she became the Translational Medicine Group Head for Molecularly Targeted Therapeutics and Oncology Site Head for the Roche Innovation Center in New York.  As of March 2017, Dr. Nichols joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as their Chief Medical Officer, where she oversees the mission including research, patient access, education, public policy and advocacy.


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