Markowitz Colon Cancer Laboratory

Our mission is to identify key genetic causes of colon cancer and to develop better ways for prevention, early detection, and treatment of this disease.

Dr. Sanford Markowitz
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Dr. Sanford Markowitz is the Markowitz-Ingalls professorship of Cancer Genetics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and is a medical oncologist and colon cancer researcher at Case Western Reserve University who is internationally recognized for his work identifying key genetics causes of colon cancer and developing molecular tests for early detection of this disease.

Dr. Markowitz serves as head of the Cancer Genetics Program at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and as Principal Investigator of the Case GI Cancers SPORE center, an NCI designated program of research excellence in gastrointestinal cancers.
He is also an attending physician at the Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospital's Case Medical Center. Dr. Markowitz received his B.A. in chemistry and physics (summa cum laude) from Harvard University, and his M.D. and PhD. (in cell biology) from Yale University.

He performed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Chicago, followed by a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Recognition of Dr. Markowitz's contributions include his election as a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and his current service on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Markowitz has additionally served as a member of the scientific advisory boards of: the National Colon Cancer Research Alliance founded by Ms. Katie Couric, the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, the Abramson Family Cancer Research Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.