Awards : Hall of Fame Award

David Hafler, M.D ‘78

Physician-scientist David A. Hafler, M.D., a leader in the effort to better understand the molecular basis of multiple sclerosis (MS), was recently named chief and chair of neurology at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Hafler was previously director of molecular immunology in the department of neurology at the Harvard Medical School and the Jack, Sadie, and David Breakstone Professor of Neurology. A 1974 graduate of Emory University, he received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 1978. Dr. Hafler completed a residency at Johns Hopkins and a neurology residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute. He also trained in immunology at Rockefeller University and was a fellow in neurology and immunology at Harvard, where he joined the faculty in 1984. Dr. Hafler founded an international collaboration with scientists from Cambridge and the University of California that led an initiative to solve the genetic basis of multiple sclerosis, culminating in the first whole genome scan identifying the genes associated with MS. He is a co-founder and past-president of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, a member of the executive council of the International Society of Neuroimmunology, and is active with the National Institutes of Health Immune Tolerance Network and the Autoimmunity Prevention Center. He was a Harvey Weaver Scholar of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and is a Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Merit Award recipient from the NIH.