Azra Raza was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She is Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) Center at Columbia University. Dr. Raza has previously been associated with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University of Cincinnati, Rush University, and the University of Massachusetts.
She is a scientist as well as a practicing oncologist, and has published the results of her laboratory and clinical research in prestigious, peer reviewed journals (262 full-length papers, 15 book chapters, 535 abstracts, and editor of a book devoted to MDS). She is the recipient of a number of awards including Distinguished Services in the Field of Research and Clinical Medicine award from Dow Medical College (2014) and was a Hope Funds for Cancer Research honoree in 2012. She serves on numerous National and International panels as a reviewer, consultant and advisor.