MacArthur Fellows Program

Shelly Bernstein

Pediatric Hematologist | Class of November 1984

Pediatric Hematologist
Cambridge, Massachusetts
33 at time of award
Published November 1, 1984

About Shelly's Work

Shelly Bernstein studies the molecular genetics of cancer, and cares for children with malignancies and blood disorders.

His research centers on events in the formation and progression of malignant tumors.  By using gene transfer techniques, he is investigating, at the molecular level, genes that play a role in the spread of tumors.  In addition, as a pediatric hematologist, he treats children with cancer and blood diseases and has studied sickle cell anemia in Cameroon, western Africa.  As a founding member and medical director of Affiliated Pediatric Practices, an organization representing pediatricians in eastern Massachusetts, Bernstein has also established himself as a leader in pediatric medical management.


Bernstein is a member of the faculty of the Harvard University Medical School, where he is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics.  He is an associate in medicine (hematology-oncology) at the Children’s Hospital, and a clinical associate in pediatric oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Bernstein received an A.B. (1973), Ph.D. (1978), and M.D. (1980) from the University of Chicago.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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