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

s research is commemorated each year, through the prestige of this award.

"With his unwavering commitment to hematology spanning more than five decades and his innumerable contributions to the field and to ASH, Dr. Rai exemplifies the values of the Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology," said ASH President Linda J. Burns, MD, of the University of Minnesota. "From the Rai staging system to his many clinical contributions, Dr. Rai is internationally synonymous with CLL, which serves as a testament to the great impact of his career on legions of colleagues, trainees, and patients."

Dr. Rai began his medical career in 1955 after earning his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Rajputana in Jaipur, India. Following medical school, Dr. Rai completed his internship in India at S.M.S. Medical College. In 1957, he came to New York City to begin his residency training in Pediatrics at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and immediately thereafter assumed the role of Chief Resident in Pediatrics at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Following his Pediatrics residency, he completed his fellowship in Nuclear Medicine and Hematology at the Long Island Jewish Hospital and later joined the Hematology research team of Eugene P. Cronkite, MD, (1971 ASH President) at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island. Dr. Rai returned to India in 1962 to serve as Chief of the Division of Experimental Medicine of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine in New Delhi. After four years in New Delhi, he returned to Brookhaven, and, in 1970, returned to Long Island Jewish Hospital where he has remained ever since.

Beyond his involvement with ASH, Dr. Rai is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the New York Society for the Study of Blood, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Harvey Society, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the Henry Kunkel Society. His most rec
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Contact: Amanda Szabo
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American Society of Hematology
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