The deadline for submitting nominations for term year 2017 is May 31, 2016. 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. Self-nominees are encouraged - although not required - to solicit the submission of at least one parallel nomination from a colleague or senior member for endorsement.
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 and International 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.
NEW THIS YEAR: At the 2015 ASH Annual Meeting, an ASH Bylaws amendment was approved allowing International members the right to (1) vote and (2) hold Councillor (not Officer) positions. The ASH leadership recognized the importance of providing this group of members with a greater voice in the decisions that will have an impact on the Society’s future. International members are encouraged to nominate themselves and/or other qualified ASH members for open Councillor or committee positions, and vote in the annual ASH election starting with the one that will be held in September 2016.
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.
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- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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- ASH Foundation and Development Committee
Responsible for maximizing charitable support from individual donors and charitable foundations by providing oversight and assistance with all components of the ASH Foundation including annual membership and committee giving appeals, strategies for the pursuit of leadership gift opportunities to effect meaningful philanthropic relationships with donors, and educating ASH constituents about the Society’s fundraising priorities and opportunities while encouraging them to support specific appeals benefiting ASH programs.
- 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 of Hematology, the ASH Education Program; has oversight of ASH's small meetings; and is responsible for developing educational materials, such as the ASH-SAP, the Image Bank, and the online Hematology 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
- Publications Committee
Oversees the long-range strategic planning and management of ASH publications, including Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology; participates in process to appoint the editors-in-chief of Blood 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.
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 current scientific committees:
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- Blood Disorders in Childhood
- Bone Marrow Failure
- Hematopathology and Clinical Laboratory Hematology
- Immunology and Host Defense
- Iron and Heme
- Lymphoid Neoplasia
- Myeloid Biology
- Myeloid Neoplasia
- Plasma Cell Neoplasia
- Red Cell Biology
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
- Transfusion Medicine
- Transplantation Biology and Cellular Therapies
- Ad-Hoc- Epigenetics and Genomics