Loren D. Walensky

Loren David Walensky is an American physician-scientist and pediatric oncologist at the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute since 2003 and a professor of pediatrics at the Dana–Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. He researches peptides and oncogenic pathways. In 2013, Walensky became director of the joint MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School.[1] He is the husband of Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Loren D. Walensky
EducationPrinceton University (BS)
Johns Hopkins University (MD, PhD)
(m. 1995)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDana–Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Medical School


Loren David Walensky graduated from Millburn High School, Essex County, New Jersey, in 1986. While in high school, he attended the precollege program of the Manhattan School of Music on a piano scholarship.[2] In 1990, Walensky completed a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Princeton University and a certificate in science policy from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He was the valedictorian.[3] Walensky graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with a Ph.D. and M.D. in 1997. Walensky completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Dana-Farber and Boston Children's Hospital.[4][5]

Personal lifeEdit

Walensky married physician-scientist Rochelle Walensky in 1995.[6][2] They have three sons.[7] They are Jewish and members of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts.[8]


  1. ^ Avi-Yonah, Shera S.; Vrotsos, Luke W. (April 2, 2018). "In Both Spheres: M.D.-Ph.D. Students at Harvard". The Harvard Crimson. Harvard University. Retrieved 2021-02-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b "Loren Walensky engaged to marry Rochelle Bersoff" (PDF). The Item of Millburn and Short Hills. October 20, 1994. p. 7. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 7, 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  3. ^ Walensky, Loren D. (August 2012). "Interview with Loren D Walensky". Future Medicinal Chemistry. 4 (12): 1537–1539. doi:10.4155/fmc.12.86. ISSN 1756-8919. PMID 22917243.
  4. ^ "Loren D. Walensky, MD, PhD". Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Retrieved 2021-01-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Loren D. Walensky, MD, PhD - DF/HCC". www.dfhcc.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  6. ^ Powell, Alvin (2020-12-07). "Mass. General Hospital's Rochelle Walensky to run CDC". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 2021-01-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Rochelle Walensky, MD". World Medical Innovation Forum. Archived from the original on November 6, 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  8. ^ Tenorio, Rich (April 8, 2020). "'It's a little bit like being in a tunnel looking at an oncoming train'". Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on December 7, 2020. Retrieved December 7, 2020.

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