Richard O’Reilly

Richard O'Reilly

Title: Chief, Pediatric Marrow Transplantation Program

Company: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Location: New York, New York, United States

Richard O’Reilly, Chief of the Pediatric Marrow Transplantation Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.

Few illnesses hit families as hard as the ones that afflict children, and Dr. O’Reilly has worked all his life to save lives and educate the next generation of physicians. He is well known for achieving the first successful application of marrow transplantation from unrelated and genetically mismatched donors in 1973. In addition to transplants, Dr. O’Reilly holds the Claire L. Tow Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research at Sloan-Kettering, is the head of the microbial immunology laboratory, and is the attending pediatrician of hematology, lymphoma, pediatrics, and the clinical immunology service. He has been a professor of immunology at the affiliated Weil Cornell Medicine since the ‘80s.

Dr. O’Reilly was born in Brooklyn, in New York City, on Rugby Street, to John Russell and Margaret O’Reilly. His grandfather was a doctor, which inspired him to earn a MD, cum laude, from the University of Rochester in 1968. He interned in pediatrics with the University of Minnesota, and served a residency with the Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was a fellow in infectious diseases from 1972 to 1973. He joined Weill Cornell and Sloan-Kettering in 1974, and has found his field to be dynamic. Dr. O’Reilly loves watching grafts grow, making immune cells integrate with the body, working with patients, and seeing them become normal and healed. He advises young doctors to be passionate about medicine, and pursue the constantly evolving field aggressively. “Making a difference has never been greater,” he says.

Dr. O’Reilly received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross, in 2016. He has served on numerous committees and clinical trial positions, and has been an ad hoc review committee member on marrow transplantation for the National Cancer Institute since 1989. Of his many illustrious awards, he most recently received the 2017 Dr. E. Donnell Thomas Award from the Bone Marrow Foundation. Dr. O’Reilly had two sons of his own with his wife, E. Jean Capitano. One is a principal at a school in his native Brooklyn, and his other son writes music and screenplays.

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