Steven Rosen is a Provost and Scientific and Cancer Center Director at the City of Hope National Medical Center (CA, USA) and was, at the time of this interview, Genevieve Teuton Professor of Medicine, at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University (IL, USA) and Director of the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Director of Cancer Programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (IL, USA). Following his graduation with distinction from the Northwestern University Medical School’s 6-year honors program in 1976, Dr Rosen completed his residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University and a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr Rosen’s laboratory research focuses on experimental therapeutics and hematologic malignancies. As Director of the Robert H Lurie Cancer Center, Dr Rosen successfully competed for a NCI Cancer Center Support Grant, NCI grants for his laboratory research, an NCI RAID Contract grant for the development of a novel purine analog and grants from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America and the American Cancer Society. He is a member of all major national associations that focus on oncology and has held leadership positions in the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, the American Association of Cancer Institutes and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.