In Remembrance of: Dr. Steven N. Wolff


Steven Neil Wolff, M.D., passed away on October 31, 2014, from brain cancer after an illness of two years duration.

Dr. Wolf joined the faculty of Meharry Medical College in 2003. At Meharry, he was the chief of hematology and oncology, director of the Sickle Cell Program and chairman of internal medicine from 2005-2008. During these years, he not only worked in the hospital and clinic every week, but he also successfully competed for government grants to champion the cause of underserved populations. He was a key force in the Vanderbilt-Meharry Alliance and a revered educator of students and residents.

During his productive career, Dr. Wolff was continuously involved with clinical research and authored numerous articles and book chapters. He was active in professional societies and had a particular interest in the National Marrow Donor Program, serving as the president of the council in 1997 and chairman of the Finance Committee from 1998-2000. During a sabbatical from Vanderbilt University in 1998, he was the initial president of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and remained on the board of directors after the naming of a permanent director.

In 2014, he was awarded the Harry Hynes Award from the National Institutes of Health for his efforts in extending access to clinical trials in cancer therapy to underserved populations. In the same year, Meharry Medical College presented him with the Distinguished Healer Award and dedicated a new family consultation suite in his honor.

Dr. Wolff will be especially remembered for his enthusiasm and engagement in the lives and careers of the people around him. He was open, humble and committed to excellence in medical care and education.