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Stephen Gould Emerson, M.D, Ph.D., is the thirteenth president of Haverford College. He took over the position from Thomas R. Tritton on July 1, 2007.


Education and Awards

Emerson graduated summa cum laude from Haverford College in 1974 with a double major in Philosophy and Chemistry. He earned an M.S. in Molecular Biophysics, a Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Immunology, and M.D from Yale University.

Dr. Emerson is the recipient of the Medical Scientist Trainee Prize of Yale University, The Stohlman Award of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Bai-Yu Lan Prize of the City of Shanghai and the Rolex Career Achievement Award.

As a clinical hematologist/oncologist who cares for patients with bone marrow stem cell disorders, Dr. Emerson has been regularly named "Top Doc" in his field by Philadelphia Magazine, most recently in 2006.[1]


After graduating from Yale, Dr. Emerson served on the faculties of University of Michigan and Harvard University before joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. There, he held the Francis C. Wood Professorship in Medicine, Pathology and Pediatrics, and served as Chief of Hematology/Oncology and as Associate Director for Clinical/Translational Research of the Abramson Center. As the Chief of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, Emerson led a group fo 60 full-time faculty and 25 trainees, for whom he was responsible for career development and selection. Dr. Emerson directed a research and education budget of over $50,000,000 per year. At Penn, Dr. Emerson had been asked to organize the Institute for Stem Cell Biology which would seek to integrate, support and innovate research and education throughout the University, in the school of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry. Programs of this Institute will include Developmental Biology, Biotechnology and Tssue Engineering, Stem Cells in Health and Disease, Bioethics and Cellular Therapies.

Laboratory focus

The laboratory of Dr. Emerson does research in bone marrow stem cell biology as applied to the transplantation of these stem cells. The discoveries of this laboratory's science have led to new therapies now used globally. Emerson's work has been published in journals such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature Medicine.


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