American Society of Hematology

2014 ASH Vice President: Charles Abrams, MD

Charles Abrams, MD, is currently a Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine, and the Director of the Blood Center for Patient Care & Discovery at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is also the Associate Chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division. Dr. Abrams graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Yale University School of Medicine, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. After an internship at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Abrams completed a residency and Hematology-Oncology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Abrams' research is focused on phosphoinositide signaling in platelets in other blood cells. Making extensive use of mouse genetics, his laboratory has given insight into signaling cascades that are both essential for normal hemostasis and perturbed during arterial thrombus formation. He is the Principal Investigator of two R01 awards and a K12 mentored training grant in clinical hematology and transfusion medicine. Dr. Abrams has been elected to membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

Dr. Abrams was recently Chair of the Hematology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a member of their Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Hematology Board of that organization. Dr. Abrams was previously the Chair of the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and Hemostasis & Thrombosis (HT) Study Section, and also served as Chair of the Review Committee on Thrombosis for the National Organization of the American Heart Association. From 2008-2012, Dr. Abrams served as Secretary of the American Society of Hematology.

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