American Society of Hematology

Yuet Wai Kan

YW Kan

Dr. Yuet Wai Kan, who served as president of ASH in 1990, pioneered the use of DNA to diagnose human diseases. He was the first to use fetal DNA to diagnose sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. He discovered DNA polymorphism, which is now extensively used for genetic analysis. Dr. Kan received the Dameshek Prize in 1979 and the Stratton Medal in 1980 for his research and served as ASH president in 1990. Currently, Dr. Kan is the Louis K. Diamond Professor of Hematology at the University of California - San Francisco and focuses his research on the use of gene and cell therapy to treat sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. 

Authored Blood Articles

Dr. Kan has published numerous articles in the Society's journal Blood.

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