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

f fludarabine, now a standard-of-care treatment for CLL, and demonstrated the effectiveness of cladribine in treating hairy cell leukemia. Dr. Rai has published more than 200 original papers and book chapters.

Dr. Rai remains well-known for his creativity as a physician- investigator and continues to be intrigued by the heterogenous nature of follicular lymphoma and CLL. His most recent interests include the study of the natural history of human leukemias and the molecular biology of CLL, as well as the study and identification of promising new agents in the treatment of CLL.

While Dr. Rai has made many important contributions to academic medicine, he remains calm and humble in his approach to both patient care and teaching. He is characterized by his colleagues as the "quintessential clinician" and celebrated for his leadership in clinical decision making while maintaining a deep concern for and generosity toward his several hundred CLL patients. He has provided the same care and attention to many generations of medical students, residents, fellows, and senior faculty. In addition to his accomplishments in research, clinical practice, and teaching, Dr. Rai has served in many leadership roles for ASH, including as 2006 ASH President. He has served as a member or chair of several Society committees and educational programs and currently serves as a member of the ASH Foundation and Development Committee.

The Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology commemorates the innovative spirit, visionary leadership, and entrepreneurship of Wallace Henry Coulter, who was an inventor most widely known for the development of the Coulter Principle an established methodology for counting, measuring, and evaluating cells and microscopic particles suspended in fluid. Mr. Coulter's revolutionary technique provided the medical community with a new method for screening diseases through basic blood tests. The significance of Mr. Coulter'
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Contact: Amanda Szabo
aszabo@hematology.org
202-552-4914
American Society of Hematology
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