Harry P. Erba, MD, PhD

Title: Instructor of Medicine and Director of the Leukemia Program
Company: Duke University
Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States

Harry P. Erba, MD, PhD, Instructor of Medicine and Director of the Leukemia Program at Duke University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical education.

Emphasizing that his first love was in molecular biology, Dr. Erba was taken under the wing by a mentor during his undergraduate studies who allowed him to work in his laboratory. Conducting research in genes and chromosomes, as well as bacteria and viruses, Dr. Erba received a Bachelor of Science in biology, summa cum laude, from Yale University in 1979, who honored him with the Science and Engineering Award. He then completed a Fulbright fellowship in England for the following year. Years later, he attended Stanford University, where he earned a Doctor of Medicine from their School of Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy in biophysics, both in 1988. Between 1988 and 1990, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital before completing a clinical fellowship in medicine at the Harvard Medical School in 1991. For the following year, Dr. Erba served in a research and clinical fellowship in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital before completing his medical training at the Harvard Medical School in 1993.

Formerly teaching as a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Erba joined Duke University shortly thereafter, where he has served as a clinical investigator and medical director within the Division of Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy within the Department of Medicine. Since 2018, he has excelled as a professor of medicine and director of the leukemia program. Civically involved as well, he has been a volunteer and is recognized as a national expert in leukemia by the American Society of Hematology and chaired the SWOG Leukemia Committee. Looking toward the future, Dr. Erba intends to continue working with patients in oncology, as well as continue educating emerging physicians in the field.

Dr. Erba has maintained affiliation with the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He also served on the senior scientific council of Myelo MATCH and was a volunteer for Consult-a-Colleague. As a testament to his resounding success, he has received myriad accolades throughout his career. Named Teacher of the Year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016 and 2017, he was also inducted into the League of Clinical Excellence at the University of Michigan in 2012, who previously bestowed upon him the 2004 Outstanding Clinician Award. Likewise, the University of Michigan named him Teacher of the Year from 2002 to 2005, and earlier in his career, he was honored with the 1995 Scholar Award from the American Society of Methodology. Dr. Erba was selected for inclusion in Sigma Xi in 1977 and Phi Beta Kappa in 1978.

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