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ASH Honorific Awards
The Honorific Awards are the Society's most prestigious awards, recognizing significant contributions to the field of hematology made by individual hematologists. Each year, the Society honors outstanding hematologists with the following awards: Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology, Henry M. Stratton Medal, William Dameshek Prize, E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize, and Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize.
Wallace H. Coulter was a prolific inventor, innovator, and entrepreneur. His Coulter Principle made possible automated hematology, thus revolutionizing laboratory medicine, facilitated the development of flow cytometry, and defined particle characterization. The Coulter Counter led to major breakthroughs in science, medicine, and industry.
This award, in his name, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a lasting commitment to the field of hematology through outstanding contributions to education, research, and practice. Nominees and nominators for this award do not need to be ASH members for a nominee to be considered.
Henry M. Stratton Medal
The Henry M. Stratton Medal is named after the late Henry Maurice Stratton, co-founder of Grune and Stratton, the medical publishing house that first published ASH's journal Blood. The prize honors two senior investigators whose contributions to hematology both basic and clinical/translational research are well recognized and have taken place over a period of several years. Both nominees and nominators for this award must be ASH members.
William Dameshek Prize
Named after the late William Dameshek, MD, a renowned hematologist, past president of ASH, and the first editor of Blood, the William Dameshek Prize is awarded to an individual who has made a recent outstanding contribution to the field of hematology. Both nominees and nominators for this award must be ASH members.
E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize
This lectureship and prize, named after the late Nobel Prize Laureate and past Society president E. Donnall Thomas, MD, recognizes pioneering research achievements in hematology that have represented a paradigm shift or significant discovery in the field. Both nominees and nominators for this award must be ASH members.
Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize
The Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize, named for the late Ernest Beutler, MD, a past president of ASH and physician-scientist for more than 50 years, is a two-part lectureship that recognizes major translational advances related to a single topic. This award honors two individuals, one who has enabled advances in basic science and other achievements in clinical science or translational research. Nominees and nominators for this award do not need to be ASH members for a nominee to be considered. back to top
ASH Mentor Award
Mentorship is essential for success in a career in hematology. Many of us have benefited from the support of an exceptional mentor, but often this role goes unrecognized. ASH values and appreciates the influence of a mentor and recognizes ASH members who have made a difference in the hematology community through mentoring. Each year two outstanding mentors drawn from the areas basic science, clinical investigation, education, or clinical/community care are honored. Both nominees and nominators for this award must be ASH members.back to top
2013 Honorific Award Winners Announced
ASH is pleased to announce the seven scientists who have received 2013 Honorific Awards for their significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of hematologic diseases.
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- Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology - Professor Sir David Weatherall, MD, Oxford University
- Henry M. Stratton Medal - Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD, Duke University, Elaine Jaffe, MD, National Cancer Institute
- William Dameshek Prize - Andrew S. Weyrich, PhD, The University of Utah
- E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize - Katherine A. High, MD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize - Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, Stony Brook University; David J. Kuter, MD, DPhil, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center