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The American Society of Hematology to honor inspirational hematologists with Mentor Awards
Date:11/3/2009

(WASHINGTON, November 3, 2009) - The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is honoring two prominent hematologists with ASH Mentor Awards in recognition of the important role they play in the training and career development of hematologists early in their careers. Stuart H. Orkin, MD, and Arthur W. Nienhuis, MD, will receive their awards during the 51st ASH Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Dr. Orkin, who will be receiving the Mentor Award for Basic Science, is the David G. Nathan Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He has mentored more than 70 highly successful academic physicians and scientists in the field of hematology, and is known to instill confidence in his trainees to think independently, to see the big picture, and to stay focused. One of his former trainees commented, "It's never a question of time and commitment, it's just natural. You [can] send him an e-mail, you [can] call him up, [if] you've got a question, he's just there and makes the time to provide the kind of input that you're seeking."

Dr. Nienhuis is a member and emeritus director of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and will be receiving the Mentor Award for Clinical Investigation. During his career at St. Jude, and prior to that at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he has mentored many individuals, with more than 90 percent of his students and fellows remaining engaged in academic hematology-oncology or gene therapy research at leading research institutions worldwide. Some of his trainees have gone on to become presidents and directors at academic institutions or cancer centers, NIH Institute directors, department chairs, and editors-in-chief of Blood and Seminars in Hematology. According to one of his former trainees, "Despite his being incredibly busy, even when he was president of ASH, he always had time to chat."

Drs. Nienhuis and Orkin will be formally presented with their awards prior to the Plenary Scientif
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Contact: Patrick C. Irelan
pirelan@hematology.org
202-776-0544
American Society of Hematology
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