Wayne Tam, M.D., Ph.D.
Pathology - Anatomic
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Wayne Tam, M.D., Ph.D.

Pathology - Anatomic

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Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

Dr. Wayne Tam is an academic hematopathologist in the Division of Hematopathology of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center, with expertise in bone marrow and lymph node pathology, flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry and molecular hematopathology. Besides practising clinical hematopathology in an internationally renowned hematopathology group, Dr. Tam also directs a funded translational research program which aims at understanding the pathogenesis of leukemias and lymphomas and identifying biomarkers with implications in diagnosis and prognosis of these cancers.  His research focuses on studies in the role of microRNAs and tumor suppressor genes in hematopoietic malignancies. He has actively published in peer-reviewed journals in these areas and is a recognized expert in microRNAs and cancer. He has been an invited speaker in several national and international conferences. Dr. Tam serves as an Editorial Board Member of Molecular Medicine Reports and is an ad hoc reviewer for more than 10 peer-reviewed journals, including Blood, Clinical Cancer Research, Human Pathology, Laboratory Investigation, and Journal of Biological Chemistry. He is currently a member of the Translational Research Committee of the Department and the Director of the Tumor Bank in the Division of Hematopathology. He is also the case review pathologist of the AIDS Malignancies Clinical Trial Consortium. He recently received the Eminent Scientist of the Year Award in Cancer Research and Gene Biology by the International Research Promotion Council.  Dr. Tam's ultimate goal is to integrate his clinical and research expertise to facilitate discovery of novel target therapy for the benefit of patients with lymphomas and leukemias.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Molecular Hematopathology
  • Hematopathology
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Pathology


  • Molecular Biology


Dr. Wayne Tam received his undergraduate education at The Johns Hopkins University  with honors and subsequently graduated from the Cornell-Rockefeller-Memorial Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional combined MD and PhD program. He was then recruited to the pathology residency training program here at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. After his residency training in anatomic pathology, he completed a hematopathology fellowship at Cornell and served as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society research fellow in the Institute of Cancer Genetics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, under the tutelage of Dr. Riccardo Dalla-Favera. Dr. Tam was appointed as Instructor in Pathology in February 2001 and subsequently promoted to Assistant Professor in July 2002. Dr. Tam's clinical responsibilities are concentrated in hematopathology while he pursues his translational research program in hematopoietic malignancies.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

1988   Phi Beta Kappa
1988   Honors in Natural Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University
1995   Lili Foo-Hing Li Fellowship for M.D.-Ph.D. trainees
1998     Distinguished Housestaff Award
1999      Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fellowship
2004    Alternate Recipient, Kimmel Scholar Award, Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer  Research
2008    Eminent Scientist of the Year, Cancer Research & Gene Biology, International Research Promotion Council


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pathology (Anatomic Pathology)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Attending Pathologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, 1996
  • Ph.D., Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences of Cornell University, 1995


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • Amida Care
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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