Harold Varmus

In July 2023, we changed our name from AACC (short for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry) to the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM). The following page was written prior to this rebranding and contains mentions of the association’s old name. It may contain other out-of-date information as well.

2002 AACC Lectureship Award

Harold Varmus, MD, is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990 for his work on oncogenes and their role in the pathogenesis of cancer.

From 1993 to 1999, he was Director of the NIH. He is also widely recognized for his studies on the replication of retroviruses and hepatitis B and the development of mouse models of human cancer, the focus of most of his current work and this lectureship.

In addition to authoring more than 300 scientific papers and 4 books (including a book on the genetic basis of cancer, intended for general audiences), he has served as advisor to the government, academia, and both pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.