History of ASH and Hematology
In April 1958, the first official ASH meeting was held in Atlantic City, NJ, where more than 300 hematologists gathered to discuss clinical and research matters related to blood and blood diseases. Since that initial meeting, ASH has played an active and important role in the development of hematology as a discipline. For more than five decades, ASH has sponsored its annual meeting, the premier annual education and scientific event in the field of hematology, and has published Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology, which is the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field.
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- 50 Years in Hematology: Research That Revolutionized Patient Care
In 2008, ASH celebrated its 50th anniversary and used this historical milestone to reflect on the progress that has been made in the field.
- The American Society of Hematology: a success at age 50
In this article, the late Dr. Ernst R. Jaffé (1983 ASH president) and
Dr. Kenneth A. Kaushansky (2008 ASH president) discuss the origins of
the Society and its journal, Blood.
- Legends in Hematology
Many hematologists have been instrumental in the development of ASH and have greatly advanced the field through their numerous contributions. Meet some these notable leaders by following the links below to read their profiles and hear their insights about the field and the development of ASH.
- Blood: ASH 50th Anniversary Reviews
Each month Blood, the Society's scientific peer-reviewed journal, will
publish historical reviews about advances made in the field.
- Past Presidents
Since ASH was first established, the Society and its members have made numerous contributions to the field under the leadership of various presidents. ASH’s presidents have greatly impacted the Society’s education programs, position on policy issues, prominence of the annual meeting, and the emergence of ASH into the international arena.
- 50 Years of ASH and Hematology
Learn more about the rich history of both the Society and the field of hematology by watching this film.
- ASH Oral Histories
A series of interviews conducted by the Columbia University Oral History Research Office documenting the history of ASH and the development of the profession of hematology in the United States.