Joseph R. Bertino, MD, Board of Directors

About LRF


In Memoriam
Founding Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
New Brunswick, NJ

Joseph R. Bertino, MD, is the founding chair of the LRF’s Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Bertino built the Scientific Advisory Board from the ground up and brought his special brand—a commitment to excellence, gentle persuasion, and visionary thinking to bear in building the SAB, and is currently a Member Emeritus.

Dr. Bertino is University Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and is Senior Advisor to the Director of the school’s Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, after previously serving as Director. He was interim director of the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey from 2007-2009.

He has been an American Cancer Society professor since 1976. Dr. Bertino joined The Cancer Institute of New Jersey in 2002 as associate director and was appointed chief scientific officer in 2004. Prior to joining The Cancer Institute of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Bertino served as chair of the Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics Program, and member and co-head of the Program in Developmental Therapy and Clinical Investigation at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research. From 1973 to 1986, Dr. Bertino served as director of the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, including director of the center and associate director for clinical research. Dr. Bertino has been internationally recognized for his role in finding curative treatments for leukemia and lymphoma.

Joseph R. Bertino MD: A Visionary Leader and Pioneer of Cures for Lymphoma

Through his characteristic commitment to excellence, gentle persuasion, and visionary thinking, Joseph R. Bertino, MD organized and developed the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in 1995 – now the nation’s most prestigious body of lymphoma clinicians and scientists.  He is remembered by his LRF family and patients and colleagues across the nation as a world-renowned oncologist and cancer researcher, teacher and mentor, and lifelong advocate for people with lymphoma. Read More >