Dr. Azra Raza, the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director at Columbia University's Edward P. Evans Foundation MDS Center, is a distinguished oncologist and dedicated researcher. She actively treats 30-40 cancer patients weekly and directs a cancer research lab while holding three endowed chairs. Over the years, Dr. Raza has collected >60,000 blood and marrow samples from patients, conducting extensive research and publishing novel findings in esteemed medical journals.
Her groundbreaking ideas, detailed in the bestselling book "THE FIRST CELL: And the human costs of pursuing cancer to the last," advocate a shift in cancer treatment from eradicating every last cancer cell to early prevention.
Beyond her medical work, Dr. Raza initiated the Urdu Mehfil in 1987, fostering creativity among writers, musicians, poets, and artists. Her passion for literature is reflected in her ownership of thousands of books in Urdu and English. Dr. Raza is a prolific speaker, delivering numerous lectures on science, medicine, poetry, and literature.
For two decades, she has served as an Editor on the website 3QuarksDaily, contributing to various intellectual discourses. This multifaceted leader's profile embodies a commitment to advancing both medicine and the arts in her relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation.