American Society of Hematology

Janet D. Rowley

Dr. Janet Rowley, an internationally recognized physician-scientist for her work on genetic abnormalities in leukemia and lymphoma, died on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at her home in Chicago. She was 88. To learn more about Dr. Rowley, please peruse the links below.

In 1972, Dr. Rowley discovered a chromosomal translocation in acute myelogenous leukemia, the first time translocations were discovered in any human cancer. Dr. Rowley's continuing research in this area led to a better understanding of the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Among her many honors, Dr. Rowley, who served as the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, delivered the Ham-Wasserman lecture at the 1995 ASH Annual Meeting and received three of ASH's highest awards: the Dameshek Prize (1982), the Stratton Medal (2003), and the Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize (2011).


Read Dr. Rowley's obituaries published by The Chicago Tribune and the University of Chicago Medicine.

Video Tribute

Watch a video tribute from the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center to commemorate Dr. Rowley's receipt of the 2013 Partners in Discovery Award.

Authored Blood Articles

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

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