Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapy Trailblazers Receive AABB Memorial Awards


2019 NBF Hall of Fame inductees and RISE award-winning research also distinguished.

Bethesda, Md. – AABB announced today the names of the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy leaders who will be receiving the Association’s 2019 Memorial Awards. Award recipients will be recognized during the AABB Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Oct. 19-22.

"Throughout the past several decades, AABB’s Memorial Awards have distinguished some of the most eminent leaders in the field,” said AABB President Michael M. Murphy, MD, FRCP, FRCPath, FFPath. “AABB is proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of this year’s recipients, who have been nominated and recognized by their peers for policy and practice-changing research and accomplishments in transfusion medicine and cellular therapies."

The list of 2019 AABB award recipients is below. More information about the work of these individuals is available online.

Memorial Award Recipients:

Dale A. Smith Memorial Award
Larry J. Dumont, MBA, PhD, Vice President, Research and Scientific Programs, Vitalant Research Institute

Emily Cooley Memorial Award and Lectureship
James T. Perkins, MD, Associate Director, NorthShore Blood Banks; Director, Indian Immunohematology Initiative (III)

Hemphill-Jordan Leadership Award
Joseph Schwartz, MD, MPH, Director, Transfusion Medicine & Cellular Therapy, CUMC - New York Presbyterian Hospital

John Elliot Memorial Award
Jed Gorlin, MD, MBA, Vice President, Medical and Quality, Innovative Blood Services; Transfusion Service Medical Director, HCMC and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Minnesota

Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award and Lectureship
Colvin M. Redman, PhD, Senior Investigator (Retired), Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, New York Blood Center

David Anstee PhD, FRCPath, FMedSci; Professor, NHS Blood and Transport

Fumiichiro Yamamoto, PhD, Dr. HC, Senior Group Leader, The Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute

Jean-Pierre Cartron, Docteur-es-Sciences, Institut National de la Transfusion Sanguine

National Blood Foundation Award for Innovative Research
Krystalyn E. Hudson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, Laboratory of Transfusion Biology, Columbia University

Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship
Sandra Nance, MS MT(ASCP)SBB, Senior Director, National Laboratories, Biomedical Services, American Red Cross; Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Tibor Greenwalt Memorial Award and Lectureship
Donald R. Branch BS, MT(ASCP)SBB, PhD, Scientist and Professor, Canadian Blood Services

National Blood Foundation Hall of Fame – 2019 Inductees:

Neil Blumberg, MD
Director, Transfusion Medicine Unit, Blood Bank and Stem Cell Storage Facility, University of Rochester Medical Center

Brian Custer, MPH, PhD
Director, Epidemiology and Health Policy Science; Vice President, Research and Scientific Programs, Vitalant Research Institute

Beth Shaz, MD
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Executive Vice President, New York Blood Center

RISE Award:

Article: “Blood utilization and mortality in victims of gun violence”

Authors: Vincent M. DeMario, BS; Robert A. Sikorski, MD; David T. Efron, MD, FACS; Mara A. Serbanescu, MD; Rica M. Buchanan, MD, MPH; Eric J. Wang, MD; Mereze Visagie, BS; Eric A. Gehrie, MD, SM; Mariuxi C. Manukyan, MD; Kathy Noll, RN; K.H. Ken Lee, DrPH; Paul M. Ness, MD; and Steven M. Frank, MD.

About AABB
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership includes physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. AABB members are located in more than 80 countries and AABB accredits institutions in more than 50 countries.