Mark A. Israel, MD

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Director, Noris Cotton Cancer Center; Professor of Pediatrics & of Genetics, Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


Dr. Mark Israel is a noted clinician-scientist who received his undergraduate education at Hamilton College (1968) and his medical training from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1973). After an internship and a residency at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, he moved to the NIH to pursue research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 1981 he completed his training in pediatric oncology in the Pediatric Branch of the National Cancer Institute, where he ultimately became head of the Molecular Genetics Section in 1984.


In 1990 he moved to San Francisco as Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics to lead the Preuss Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-Oncology. From 1997 he was the Kathleen M. Plant Distinguished Professor. In 2001, Dr. Israel moved to Dartmouth Medical School as a Professor of Pediatrics and of Genetics and as Director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.


Dr Israel is an accomplished, consistently funded investigator in the field of neuro-oncology and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. He has been honored many times for his scientific contributions, and he received the Farber Award in 1998 for outstanding contributions to neuro-onoclogy. In addition, he has been recognized as an outstanding teacher throughout his career. Dr. Israel was a member of the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors, and has distinguished himself through his extensive service on society and charity advisory boards, scientific prize selection committees, and editorial boards including Cancer Research and Neuro-Oncology.