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ASH honors Kanti R. Rai, M.D., with Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement
Date:7/22/2014

(WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014) -- The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will present the Society's highest honor, the 2014 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology, to Kanti R. Rai, MD, of the Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) School of Medicine for his 50-year career combining landmark clinical leukemia research, steadfast commitment to education and mentoring, and exceptional patient care.

The Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology is bestowed on an individual who has been a vital contributor to the field of hematology, demonstrating lifetime achievement and leadership in research, education, and practice. ASH President Linda J. Burns, MD, of the University of Minnesota will present Dr. Rai with his award on Sunday, December 7, during the 56th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco.

Dr. Rai is currently the Chief of the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Research and Treatment Program at North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, an Investigator at the Peter Karches Center for CLL of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and Joel Finkelstein Cancer Foundation Professor of Medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, where he also holds the title of Professor of Molecular Medicine. He is an international leader in the clinical evaluation and management of patients with CLL and his research in the field of CLL has pioneered contemporary approaches to this disease. Dr. Rai has been involved in diagnosing and treating CLL for almost 40 years and his publication of the "Rai" prognostic categorization of CLL in Blood in 1975 was a seminal paper incorporating basic clinical findings into a powerful prognostic schema that continues to be used by physicians and clinical investigators today. Through a longtime collaboration with Nicholas Chiorazzi, MD, and other CLL scientists at the Feinstein Institute, Dr. Rai and colleagues helped to establish the importance o
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American Society of Hematology
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