John M. Bennett, M.D.

John M. Bennett, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 626
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-4915
Fax: (585) 276-2390

Professional Bio

Dr. Bennett is Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in Rochester, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Boston University. Postgraduate training included an internship at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, a residency in medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, a fellowship in hematology at Boston City Hospital and Tufts University.

From 1963-1966 he was head of the hematology laboratories at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He served in the USPHS as Head of the diagnostic bone marrow laboratories in the NIH/Clinical Center from 1966-1968. Director of the Cancer center in 1974. A position he held until 1995. During this period he was the principal investigator of the University of Rochester ECOG membership.

He served as chair of the ASCO Public Relations Committee in the early 1980's as well as chair of the Education Committee for ASH. He was a founding member of the International Society for Geriatric Oncology.

He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Medical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Cancer research, American Society for Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and the International Society of Hematology, and was the first chair of The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation from 1997-2010. Dr. Bennett has contributed over 500 publications to the medical literature as well as several books and currently is Editor-in-Chief of the Leukemia Research Journal.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Award: Research Career Achievement in Clinical Hematology Award by Celgene 2003
Honorary Professor, Peking Union Medical College 2001
Guest Consulting Editor for Geriatric Oncology: CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2001
National Counselor for the U.S.A.: International Society of Hematology 1998 - Present
Chairman, The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation 1996 - Present
Editor-in-Chief: Leukemia Research 1993 - Present
The Best Doctors in America: Inclusion in the directory 1992
Chairman, Committee on Cancer, Medical Society of the State of New York 1990 - Present
Chairman, Symposium on "Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Pathology and Management, 1988"; American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 1988
Associate Director, Tutorial on Neoplastic Hematopathology 1988 - Present
Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Boston University School of Medicine Alumni Association 1986
Marquis Who's Who Directory of Professionals and Resources in Cancer 1984
Chairman, Education Program Committee, American Society of Hematology 1982 - 1983
Chairman, Council for Research & Investigation Awards, American Cancer Society 1982 - 1983
Chairman, Public Relations Committee, American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 1982 - 1985
Member, International Committee for Standardization in Hematology 1982
Chairman, Cancer Clinical Investigation Review Committee, NCI 1979 - 1980
C.H.A.M.P. Award: Jacob Gitelman Award for Cancer Action 1977
University of Rochester Faculty Senate 1975
Secretary of Steering Committee of the University of Rochester Faculty Senate 1975
Chairman, American Cancer Society Review Committee 1975
Executive Committee, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group 1975
Hematology Committee Chairman, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group 1974
Vice-Chairman, American Cancer Society Review Committee 1974
Founder: French-American-British Cooperative Leukemia Working Group

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 Oct 20
Greenberg PL, Tuechler H, Schanz J, Sanz G, Garcia-Manero G, Solé F, Bennett JM, Bowen D, Fenaux P, Dreyfus F, Kantarjian H, Kuendgen A, Levis A, Malcovati L, Cazzola M, Cermak J, Fonatsch C, Le Beau MM, Slovak ML, Krieger O, Luebbert M, Maciejewski J, Magalhaes SM, Miyazaki Y, Pfeilstöcker M, Sekeres M, Sperr WR, Stauder R, Tauro S, Valent P, Vallespi T, van de Loosdrecht AA, Germing U, Haase D. "Cytopenia levels for aiding establishment of the diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndromes." Blood. 2016 Oct 20; 128(16):2096-2097. Epub 2016 Aug 17.
2016 Aug 18
Pfeilstöcker M, Tuechler H, Sanz G, Schanz J, Garcia-Manero G, Solé F, Bennett JM, Bowen D, Fenaux P, Dreyfus F, Kantarjian H, Kuendgen A, Malcovati L, Cazzola M, Cermak J, Fonatsch C, Le Beau MM, Slovak ML, Levis A, Luebbert M, Maciejewski J, Machherndl-Spandl S, Magalhaes SM, Miyazaki Y, Sekeres MA, Sperr WR, Stauder R, Tauro S, Valent P, Vallespi T, Van de Loosdrecht AA, Germing U, Haase D, Greenberg PL. "Time-dependent changes in mortality and transformation risk in MDS." Blood. 2016 Aug 18; 128(7):902-10. Epub 2016 Jun 22.
2016 Aug
Bennett JM, Tuechler H, Aul C, Strupp C, Germing U. "Dysplastic erythroid precursors in the myelodysplastic syndromes and the acute myeloid leukemias: Is there biologic significance? (How should blasts be counted?)." Leukemia research. 2016 Aug; 47:63-9. Epub 2016 May 12.
2016 Jun
Goasguen JE, Bennett JM, Bain BJ, Brunning RD, Vallespí MT, Tomonaga M, Zini G, Renault A, . "Quality control initiative on the evaluation of the dysmegakaryopoiesis in myeloid neoplasms: Difficulties in the assessment of dysplasia." Leukemia research. 2016 Jun; 45:75-81. Epub 2016 Apr 11.
2015 Dec
Braulke F, Müller-Thomas C, Götze K, Platzbecker U, Germing U, Hofmann WK, Giagounidis AA, Lübbert M, Greenberg PL, Bennett JM, Solé F, Slovak ML, Ohyashiki K, Le Beau MM, Tüchler H, Pfeilstöcker M, Hildebrandt B, Aul C, Stauder R, Valent P, Fonatsch C, Bacher U, Trümper L, Haase D, Schanz J. "Frequency of del(12p) is commonly underestimated in myelodysplastic syndromes: Results from a German diagnostic study in comparison with an international control group." Genes, chromosomes & cancer. 2015 Dec; 54(12):809-17. Epub 2015 Sep 10.

Current Appointments

Professor Emeritus - Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology (SMD) - Primary
Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (SMD)


Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology - American Board of Internal Medicine


MD | Medicine | Boston University Sch Medicine1959
BA | Arts & Sciences | Harvard University1955

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Hematology at Boston City Hospital07/01/1962 - 06/30/1963
Residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital07/01/1960 - 06/30/1962
Internship in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital07/01/1959 - 06/30/1960