American Society of Hematology

Nominations for Leadership and Committee Positions

The deadline for submitting nominations for term year 2016 is May 31, 2015. This year, a Vice President and two Councillors – including one in clinical practice – will need to be identified. All nominations submitted after the deadline will be maintained in the nominations pool for consideration next year.

We need your help identifying "new blood!" ASH seeks a balanced committee membership that mixes bright, enthusiastic people with seasoned members interested in helping to lead our Society into the future. The Society encourages members to self-nominate, or recommend a colleague for one or more of the various leadership and committee service roles.

Nominations received are compiled and reviewed by the Nominating Committee in the summer. Based on this pool of nominees, the Nominating Committee makes its recommendations for elected and appointed positions. Active members in good standing are eligible to vote in the election for Officers and Councillors in September. In the meantime, the President-Elect makes the final appointments to standing and scientific committees with the approval of the Executive Committee.

All nominations must be submitted online using the ASH nominations submission system.

Committee members must be current ASH members and generally can only serve on one committee at a time. Terms for members of these committees begin January 1st.

Executive Committee

The governing body of ASH that is charged with overseeing the affairs of the Society, formulating policy, approving or disapproving the recommendations or proposals of the ASH committees, and providing advice and approval or disapproval to the President and President-Elect in regard to committee and chair appointments.

  • Vice President
    One-year term (followed by terms as President-Elect and President)
    The Vice President serves as an Officer and voting member of the Executive Committee. The Vice President becomes President-Elect and President in succeeding years.

  • Secretary
    Four-year, non-renewable term
    The Secretary serves as an Officer and voting member of the Executive Committee. The Secretary oversees (1)the maintenance of a permanent record of Executive Committee meetings and (2) the annual abstract process.

  • Treasurer
    Four-year, non-renewable term
    The Treasurer serves as an Officer and voting member of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer oversees the financial concerns of ASH, including the development and presentation of budgets.

  • Councillors
    Four-year, non-renewable term
    Councillors serve as voting members of the Executive Committee, which includes eight Councillor positions with one designated for a member in clinical practice.

    The Councillor in Clinical Practice must be in full-time clinical practice in a community setting. Practice structure may include traditional physician-owned private practice or other modalities such as group practice or employment by a hospital or health system. The Councillor in Clinical Practice must be knowledgeable of the issues facing ASH members in clinical practice, including business, management, reimbursement, public policy, maintenance of certification, and continuing education. The Councillor in Clinical Practice must be able to effectively represent the practice community on the Executive Committee.
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Standing Committees

Four-year terms for members (except for Nominating Committee members, who serve two- and three-year terms) and two-year terms for chairs; limited to two consecutive terms

Standing committees recommend to the Executive Committee policies, programs, or actions in the areas of the committee's responsibility and implement those policies, programs, and actions approved by the Executive Committee.

The following are the current standing committees:

  • ASH Foundation and Development Committee
    Responsible for creatively diversifying ASH's sources of funding for support of the Society's non-revenue producing programs, educating ASH constituents about the funding opportunities that exist while encouraging them to respond to ASH annual appeals, identifying opportunities for foundation support, and advising ASH staff on all communications with ASH members regarding the Society's fundraising efforts.
  • Awards Committee
    Reviews existing ASH awards and prizes and may recommend the establishment of new ASH awards or prizes; oversees the study section for the Scholar Awards Program; and recommends a slate of nominees for all honorific awards/prizes for consideration by the President and Executive Committee.
  • Committee on Communications
    Responsible for enhancing communication with ASH members and promoting the science and practice of hematology; develops and executes a media relations strategy; continually evaluates the public image of the specialty and the Society; oversees the newsletter, e-mail news bulletins, annual meeting daily newspaper, website, and other electronic communications services; helps to develop and oversee appropriate survey, research, and assessment tools for ASH services; and explores ASH's options for developing patient education materials.
  • Committee on Educational Affairs
    Oversees the Society's CME program and certification; has an advisory role in the planning of the annual meeting's education program and the development ofHematology, the ASH Education Program; has oversight of ASH's small meetings; and is responsible for developing educational materials, such as theASH-SAP, theImage Bank, and the onlineHematology Teaching Cases.
  • Committee on Government Affairs
    Develops and advocates Society policy concerning issues important to the field of hematology that are before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch, and works closely with the appropriate public, patient, and professional organizations, as well as other ASH committees.
  • International Members Committee
    Serves as a means through which leaders of hematology from outside North America can advise the Executive Committee about the Society's educational and scientific programs; recommends potential international members to serve on committees; oversees international efforts of the Society including International Outreach Initiative, the Visiting Trainee Award Program, International Consortium on Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia, and Health Volunteers Overseas.
  • Committee on Investment and Audit
    Oversees the audit of the ASH financial statements and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding the operation and administration of the investment portfolio.
  • Nominating Committee
    Recommends candidates for election as ASH Officers and Councillors and recommends candidates for vacant committee positions to the President-Elect and Executive Committee.
  • Committee on Practice
    Develops and advocates Society policy on pending federal legislation and regulatory developments, including reimbursement and compliance issues that affect the interests of hematologists, as well as matters of importance at the regional, state, and local level.
  • Committee on Promoting Diversity
    Responsible for advising ASH in its efforts to improve minority recruitment into hematology research and practice in the US and Canada, attract minority hematologists as members of the Society, and develop minority hematologists as leaders. Oversees all aspects of the Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) and a minority PhD student award program, including the selection of applicants for participation, mentor identification, and program evaluation, as well as the ASH-AMFDP. Monitors ASH programs, products, and services and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee for modifications to benefit the Society's membership.
  • Publications Committee
    Oversees the long-range strategic planning and management of ASH publications, includingBlood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology; participates in process to appoint the editors-in-chief ofBlood and other publications; develops and evaluates proposals for publications that may benefit the Society and field of hematology. Publications Committee members are prohibited from simultaneously serving as an editor or in a role that influences the strategy of another hematology/oncology journal with significant overlap with ASH publication products.
  • Committee on Quality
    Responsible for overseeing and implementing quality initiatives including but not limited to the development of clinical practice guidelines, pocket guide/mobile apps, quality measures, quality tool kits, programming of the annual meeting Special Symposium on Quality, promoting research in quality and health care outcomes among hematologists and others, responding to policy related efforts, and representing ASH at quality forums and meetings.
  • Committee on Scientific Affairs
    Serves as the Society's strategically-oriented scientific council. Responsible for developing strategic priorities in scientific areas of interest to ASH membership. Serves as a reference for the Program Committee and the Scientific Program Co-Chairs by reviewing the scientific program and the ASH annual meeting. Works with other committees to promote hematology and address advocacy issues related to hematology research.
  • Committee on Training
    Seeks to foster high quality training programs in clinical and research hematology for pre- and post-doctoral trainees; provides career and educational opportunities for hematology trainees in a variety of settings; and serves as the Society's liaison with other organizations involved in aspects of hematology training.
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Scientific Committees

Four-year terms for members; one-year term for chairs, one-year term for vice-chairs followed by one year term as chair

Each scientific committee is responsible for recommending to the Program Committee a scientific session, including potential topics, speakers, and moderators for the scientific program of the annual meeting. Members also build on ASH's expertise in basic and translational science to help define a research and policy agenda for hematology. The committees aid in the identification of opportunities for interdisciplinary research related to hematology by naming related scientific disciplines and by assisting with the recruitment of researchers in those fields to contribute to ASH programs and publications.

The following are the currentscientific committees:

  • Blood Disorders in Childhood
  • Bone Marrow Failure
  • Hematopathology and Clinical Laboratory Hematology
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Hemostasis
  • Immunology and Host Defense
  • Iron and Heme
  • Lymphoid Neoplasia
  • Myeloid Biology
  • Myeloid Neoplasia
  • Plasma Cell Neoplasia
  • Platelets
  • Red Cell Biology
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Transplantation Biology and Cellular Therapies
  • Ad-Hoc- Epigenetics and Genomics
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