Nicholas Chiorazzi, M.D.
Project Involvement: Tissue Core/Cellular Kinetics
Dr. Nicholas Chiorazzi received his medical degree from Georgetown University and completed 4 years of internal medicine training in the Cornell Cooperating Hospitals program at North Shore University Hospital and Memorial/Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center. He is trained in Rheumatology and in Allergy-Clinical Immunology. Dr. Chiorazzi was an Immunology Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate Baruj Benacerraf and The Rockefeller University in the laboratory of professor Henry G. Kunkel. Dr. Chiorazzi worked with Prof. Kunkel for several years and eventually assumed the directorship of Kunkel's laboratory upon his untimely death.
In 1987, Dr. Chiorazzi was appointed Chief of the then newly created Division of Rheumatology & Allergy-Clinical Immunology at North Shore University Hospital. In 2000, he was appointed the first Director and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research (aka North Shore - LIJ Research Institute), a position he held until January 2006. Dr. Chiorazzi is a Professor of Medicine and of Cell Biology in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an Investigator in The Feinstein Institute.
Dr. Chiorazzi's research interests revolve around understanding the activation and maturation of B-lymphocytes in health and disease, in particular Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and past President of the Association for Patient-Oriented Research.