Daphne Haas-Kogan

On May 9, Daphne Haas-Kogan, MD, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), was selected for the Radiation Oncology Professorship at Harvard Medical School (HMS). The professorship pays tribute to her lifelong commitment to the field of radiation oncology.

During a celebration held in HMS’ Gordon Hall, Haas-Kogan said she was “eternally grateful” to be chosen.

Haas-Kogan, who joined DF/BWCC in 2015, explained that one of her aspirations in life has always been to treat children with cancer.

“Looking at all of you today, I know with certainty that you are granting me this wish in spades,” said Haas-Kogan to family, friends, colleagues, trustees, donors and others at the event. “I am honored and so genuinely and deeply privileged to be part of your team. I get excited when I think about how we can change the world together. I cannot wait to change the world with you.”

Endowed professorships are the highest honor HMS confers on its faculty, held by less than 3 percent of the school’s 11,000 faculty members.

Before being presented with a framed citation, Haas-Kogan was introduced with remarks from George Daley, MD, PhD, dean of HMS; her three children, Shira, Yonatan and Maetal; former colleague Sean McBride, MD, MPH, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and Brigham Health President Betsy Nabel, MD.

Nabel, who helped recruit Haas-Kogan to DF/BWCC, thanked her for her leadership and commitment to patients.

“Daphne is a brilliant physician-scientist who cares deeply about her patients,” Nabel said. “She’s also a very thoughtful and collaborative leader who brings a depth of experience, not only in patient care, research innovation and teaching, but also administratively. The chemistry was a perfect fit.”

Haas-Kogan’s children thanked their mother – addressing her as their “Ima,” which translates to “mother” from Hebrew – for being a role model they look up to every day.

“Through every fiber of my mom’s being runs a ceaseless passion, evident to anyone who spends five minutes with her, for helping and supporting those less fortunate,” said Maetal Haas-Kogan. “Ima, thank you for teaching me the meaning of integrity and honor as you embark on this incredible journey.”

3 Responses to “Haas-Kogan Honored With HMS Professorship”

  1. Roland van Praag

    Daphne, Dear ‘cousin’ and family,
    Congratulations! The crown of your life’s work, very honourable. Simches.
    Warm regards,

  2. Sarah Snyder

    Mazel Tov Daphne…you’re incredible! It looks like east coast life is treating you well. I know this award was well deserved as you are such an inspiring MD! Miss our SF days-love to all!

  3. Alan Glassberg

    I just saw this and congratulations and best wishes from Charleston SC
    Alan Glassberg


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