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New Leadership Elected to the American Society of Hematology

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world's largest professional society of blood specialists, welcomes five new officers to its Executive Committee, the governing body of the organization. The officers will begin serving their terms in January 2009.

J. Evan Sadler, MD, PhD, will serve a one-year term as vice president, followed by successive terms as president-elect and president. Charles Abrams, MD, will serve as secretary, and new councillors David M. Bodine, PhD, Elaine A. Muchmore, MD, and David A. Williams, MD, will serve four-year terms. These individuals are well-respected hematologists and active members of the Society.

In addition to having been a long time Associate Editor of Blood, Dr. Sadler has previously been a member of the Executive Committee. He served as a councillor from 1998-2002, and as treasurer from 2003-2006. Most recently he has served as co-chair of the Committee on Investment and Audit. Dr. Sadler is currently Professor of Medicine, Hematology Division, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and Co-Director of the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Abrams currently serves on the Publications Committee and the Small CME Meetings Subcommittee, and is on the Editorial Boards of both Blood and The Hematologist. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Hematology Board, Co-Chair of the NIH Scientific Review Committee on Hemostasis and Thrombosis, and Scientific Director of the Blood Center at Penn/CHOP (under development).

Dr. Bodine serves on the Journals Committee and has been active with ASH for a number of years. Dr. Bodine is Chief of the Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch (GMBB) and Chief of the Hematopoiesis Section of the GMBB at the National Institute for Human Genome Research, Division of Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Muchmore currently serves on the Committee on Training Programs, and also as ASH representative to the Association of Subspecialty Professors. She is currently Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, at the University of California -- San Diego, represents ASH at the Council of Academic Specialties, and is co-editor of Hematology 2008.

Currently serving on the Committee on Communications, Dr. Williams has also served on a number of other committees in his tenure at ASH. He is Chief, Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine and Director of Translational Research at Children's Hospital Boston, Fikes Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Children's Hospital Boston and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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.

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