David Scadden is the Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine at Harvard University. He and Professor Douglas Melton founded and jointly direct the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, which is the largest institute dedicated to bringing stem cell biology to medical care in the world. With Professor Melton, David founded and chairs the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University, the first department to span faculties in Harvard’s history. He is a hematologist/oncologist and directs the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and previously chaired the Hematologic Malignancies program in the MGH Cancer Center.
He is an expert on the medical applications of stem cell biology with a particular emphasis on their use in the settings of cancer and AIDS. He has published over 300 scientific papers and book chapters, and his laboratory has made fundamental contributions in how the stem cell niche regulates stem cell function and in normal and disease-corrupted hematopoiesis. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including membership in the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, the Ellison Medical Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is the recipient of multiple honorary degrees.
He has served or serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Cancer Institute; the Board of External Experts for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and the board of directors of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and is an associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.