AMYC: The Academic Myeloma Consortium


About Us


Brian G.M. Durie, M.D.
Director of AMyC
Dr. Durie is the Director of the Academic Myeloma Consortium. Born in Scotland, Dr. Durie graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1966. Following internships at the University of Edinburgh, Dr. Durie completed his residencies and his fellowships in Hematology and Oncology at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Alongside Dr. Sydney Salmon at the University of Arizona, he developed the Durie/Salmon Staging System, which is used worldwide for the evaluation of patients with myeloma. In 1981 he was appointed a full Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology). Between 1989 and 1992 Dr. Durie was Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Hematology, Charing Cross and Westminster School of Medicine, University of London, UK. He returned to the U.S. to fulfill the position of Chairman and Medical Director with the International Myeloma Foundation, a California based non-profit organization. In 2009, Dr. Durie received the prestigious Waldenström’s Award for myeloma research. Today Dr. Durie lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where he has a Hematology/Oncology practice specializing in myeloma and related diseases. Durie is also the co-chair of the myeloma committee for the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG).


John S. Macdonald, M.D.
Senior Medical Advisor for the Oncology Consortia of Criterium

John S. Macdonald, MD, is Senior Medical Advisor for Criterium Inc. He served as Medical Director and Chief of Gastrointestinal Oncology at St. Vincent’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in New York City from 1998-2007. Dr Macdonald is Board certified in internal medicine and oncology. In addition to his responsibilities at the Saint Vincent’s Cancer Center from 1998 to 2007, Dr. Macdonald served as Chief of Medical Oncology at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at the New York Medical College.

Dr. Macdonald was named as the first recipient of an endowed professorship, the Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Professor of Gastrointestinal Oncology, in 1999. He is recognized as a leading educator in Medical Oncology and has received numerous forms of recognition for his skills in medical education including being honored as Outstanding Clinical Attending Physician by the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University in 1977 and serving as a member of the Medical Oncology Section of the American Board of Internal Medicine from 1987 to 1993. Dr Macdonald served as Chair of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group between 1985 and 2000.

A leader in his field and a specialist in gastrointestinal cancer, Dr. Macdonald has authored more than 400 articles, abstracts and book chapters and has been published in many medical journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer; Recent Results in Cancer Research; Advances in Medical Oncology, Research, and Education; and Medscape Hematology-Oncology. In addition to his writing he has served as editor of multiple journals including Cancer Treatment Reports, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the Manual of Oncologic Therapeutics. In 2007 he served as editor of Advances in the Management of gastric Cancer.

Dr. Macdonald is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Physicians, American Association for Cancer Research and American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has made over 400 presentations both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Macdonald received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He then went on to complete an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and was awarded a fellowship in oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He was awarded an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Fellowship. Dr. Macdonald was named a Fellow of the American Collage of Physicians in 1979.

Dr. Macdonald has received numerous awards and distinctions including being named in the Best Doctors in America listing in Good Housekeeping’s “Best 300 Doctors in America.” He has been named one of New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” over a seven year period.