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Ethel Cesarman



Cesarman was born in Mexico City, where she obtained her MD degree. She subsequently received a PhD from New York University, remaining in New York City since. She did a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University where she also completed her clinical training in Hematopatholgy. She has been faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine since 1994, working as a physician-scientist with a clinical practice in Molecular Pathology, while leading her research laboratory. Cesarman values her role as an educator and mentor to budding scientists and physicians at various career stages.


  • Discovery of a new cancer virus in Kaposi sarcoma (KSHV, also called HHV-8) (1995)
  • Description of a new lymphoma type caused by KSHV (primary effusion lymphoma) (1995)
  • Irma T Hirschl/Monique Weill- Caulier Career Scientist Award (2001)
  • Society for Clinical Investigation (2001)
  • Chair of the Weill Cornell General Faculty Council (2011-2013)
  • Starr Cancer Consortium Awards (2007, 2007, 2015)
  • Association of American Physicians (2015)
  • David E. Hajjar Award for outstanding achievement in investigative pathology (2019)

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