Barrett Rollins graduated from Amherst College and received his MD and PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and then served a clinical fellowship in medical oncology at DFCI and a postdoctoral research fellowship with Dr. Charles Stiles and has worked in the area of white blood cell trafficking and the interactions between inflammation and cancer.

He is the recipient of the Association of American Physicians award (2004), the American Society for Clinical Investigation award (1996) and the Scholar, Leukemia Society of America award (1995). Currently Professor Rollins is a Linde Family Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and the Chief Scientific Officer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He co-chairs the Nikolas Symposium Steering Committee along with Professor Maarten Egeler.