The Lupus Research Alliance is proud to welcome renowned expert in rheumatology and immunology, Gary Koretzky, MD, PhD, as co-chair of our Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). He will co-chair the SAB with the distinguished Dr. Mary “Peggy” Crow. Dr. Crow is Physician-in-Chief and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at HSS and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
“Dr. Koretzky’s background is an ideal match to help guide scientific endeavors at the Lupus Research Alliance,” said Dr. Crow.
As Vice Provost for Academic Integration at Cornell University, Dr. Gary Koretzky creates and implements initiatives that facilitate
research collaborations and integrate academic units between Cornell campuses in Ithaca and New York City.
Dr. Koretzky’s previous positions include Vice Dean at Weill Cornell Medicine, Vice Dean for Research at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dean of the Weill Graduate School. He was also the founding director of the Signal Transduction Program of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Before holding these key positions, Dr. Koretzky was the Francis C. Wood Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair and Chief Scientific Officer of the Department of Medicine, Investigator, and Director of the Signal Transduction Program of the Abramson Family Cancer
Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Koretzky has deep ties to the biomedical research community as a member of the Council of the American Association of Immunologists, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a
member of the National Academy of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He previously served as
Editor-in-Chief of Immunological Reviews (2002–2012), President of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (2000), and Councilor of the Association of American Physicians (2008–2012). Dr. Koretzky’s research focused on Tcell receptor signaling in health and immune system diseases.
Even in school, Dr. Koretzky seemed destined to leave his mark on medicine. He received his AB from Cornell University (’78) and earned his MD and PhD (Immunology) degrees at the University of Pennsylvania (’84). Dr. Koretzky then pursued clinical training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the University of California at San Francisco. He re-entered the laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow, examining the molecular events associated with T cell activation. Dr. Koretzky moved to the University of Iowa in 1991 where he continued his research examining the biochemistry and molecular biology of signal transduction in hematopoietic cells until he moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 1999.
His current research aims to better understand the signal transduction events that occur following engagement of the T cell
Dr. Koretzky’s commitment to the highest standards of quality in research — plus his decades of experience in rheumatology and immunology — will undoubtedly propel the Lupus Research Alliance to new heights.