Promising hematologists begin year-long program to pursue careers in clinical hematology research

July 02, 2008

(WASHINGTON, July 2, 2008) - Twenty hematology and hematology/oncology fellows and junior faculty will begin a unique year-long education and mentoring program this summer as part of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Clinical Research Training Institute.

Each year, the Clinical Research Training Institute provides aspiring hematologists with the necessary tools to begin careers in clinical research. The program, which is now in its sixth year, begins with a week-long summer workshop that focuses on the fundamentals of research. Participants also have the opportunity to work on their own proposed clinical research projects with interaction from expert faculty. Two subsequent sessions, one at the ASH annual meeting in December and one the following spring, provide further mentoring opportunities.

"As the need for clinical researchers in hematology continues to grow, it's extremely important to provide fellows and junior faculty with opportunities to develop their research skills," said ASH President Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, of the University of California - San Diego School of Medicine. "Several past participants have described their experience with this program as one of the greatest career development opportunities they have had."

The 2008 Clinical Research Training Institute participants are:

Dale Bixby, MD, PhD, University of Michigan
Beth Christian, MD, The Ohio State University
James Cooper, MD, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh
Adam Cuker, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Cultrera, MD, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Michelle Heather Gilbert, MD, University of Utah School of Medicine
Shannon Jackson, MD, University of Calgary
Emma Jones, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital
Patricia Kropf, MD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Tomer Mark, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
Timothy McCavit, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Ara Metjian, MD, Duke University
Daniel Pollyea, MD, Stanford University
Anita Rajasekhar, MD, University of Florida College of Medicine
Lori Rosenstein, MD, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Rafael Santana-Davila, MD, Mayo Clinic
William Savage, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Rajni Sinha, MD, MRCP, Emory University
Monica Thakar, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Ronald Walter, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

This program is offered to hematology and hematology/oncology fellows as well as junior faculty who are within three years of completing their fellowship training at academic medical centers in the United States and Canada. For more information, please visit
The American Society of Hematology ( is the world's largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders. Its mission is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic, and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology.

American Society of Hematology

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