Marshall A. Lichtman received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and the M.D. degree from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1960.
Dr. Lichtman was a resident in medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital from 1960-1963. After two years in the Public Health Service (1963-1965), he returned to Rochester to be Chief Resident in Medicine (1965-1966). Thereafter, he was awarded a Special Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health from 1967 to 1969 to conduct studies on the biochemistry and physiology of blood cells and their abnormalities in leukemia. Dr. Lichtman was named a Scholar of the Leukemia Society of America in 1969. In 1968 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine and in 1970, Assistant Professor of Biophysics. He was appointed Professor of Medicine and of Biophysics in 1974. In 1975 he was named Chief of the Hematology Unit. From 1979 to 1980, he was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, from 1980 to 1988, he was Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, and from 1988 to 1989, he was Academic Dean, in addition to his role as a teacher, scientist, and hematologist.
Dr. Lichtman served as the sixth Dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for six years from January 1, 1990 to December 31, 1995 and during that time supervised the School's thirty-three academic departments, divisions, and Centers, fifteen hundred medical, graduate, and post-doctoral students, nine hundred full-time faculty, and diverse educational, research, and patient care programs. From 1996 to 2007, he was the Executive Vice President for Research and Medical Affairs of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, retaining his appointment as Professor of Medicine and of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Lichtman has served on the editorial board of nine scientific journals and as the editor-in-chief of Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases. He has been the editor of three monographs and five textbooks of hematology, one of which is in its ninth edition, and has authored over 370 scientific articles, reviews, editorials, letters, books, and book chapters on the physiology, biochemistry, and disorders of blood cells. From 1967 to 1995, his research was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia Society of America, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Biomedical Research Program, and several foundations. He has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and is a member of several scientific societies including the American Physiological Society and the American Society of Cell Biology. He is a Master of The American College of Physicians. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and the Certificate of Merit of the Rochester Academy of Medicine. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, in the World, in Frontiers of Science and Technology, and in Medicine and Healthcare.
Dr. Lichtman has been a visiting professor at over forty Medical Centers in the United States and Canada, has served on several national advisory groups, including the Hematology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health. He was Chair of the peer review group of the Division of Biological and Medical Research of the U.S. Navy, and Chair of the Scientific Council of the American Red Cross, Holland Research Laboratories. He has been president of the American Society of Hematology and has been Chair of the Society's Advisory Board. Dr. Lichtman has served on the Council for Graduate Medical Education of the State of New York and the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, the later two positions, Gubernatorial appointments. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross.