John DiPersio is Deputy Director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center and Chief of the Division of Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Virginia E. and Samuel J. Golman Professor of Medicine. His research focuses on fundamental and translational aspects of leukemia and stem cell biology. These studies include identification of genetic abnormalities in human leukemias, understanding processes involving stem cell and leukemia cell trafficking, and clinical and translational programs in both leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome and stem cell transplantation.
He is Vice President of American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology of the National Cancer Institute, an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Academy of Physicians (AAP), and was previously Chair of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Scientific Committee on Hematopoiesis. He was the 2013 recipient of the Daniel P. Schuster Distinguished Translational Investigator Award from Washington University, the recipient of the 19th annual AACR-Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research in 2014, and the 2014 recipient of the American Society of Hematology Mentor Award for Clinical Investigations. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications and over 60 invited reviews and book chapters.
John received his medical degree and doctorate from the University of Rochester and his undergraduate degree in biology from Williams College. He completed an internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. After serving as Chief Resident at Parkland Memorial Hospital, he completed a fellowship in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he stayed on as an assistant professor before moving to the University of Rochester, and 4 years later, to Washington University.