The American Society of Hematology Recognizes Laurence Boxer, MD, and Ralph Nachman, MD, for Outstanding Mentorship
Published on: August 04, 2016
(WASHINGTON, August 4, 2016) – The American Society of
Hematology (ASH) will honor Laurence Boxer, MD, and Ralph Nachman, MD, with 2016
Mentor Awards at the 58th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego for
their sustained, outstanding commitment to the training and career development
of early-career hematologists.
The ASH Mentor Award was established in 2006 to recognize
hematologists who have excelled in mentoring trainees and colleagues. Each year,
the Society recognizes two outstanding mentors in the areas of basic science,
clinical investigation, education, or clinical/community care who have had a
significant, positive impact on their mentees’ careers and, through their
mentees, have advanced research and patient care in the field of hematology. Drs. Boxer and Nachman will receive
their awards at the Announcement of Awards session at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday,
December 4, at the 58th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.
Dr. Boxer, Professor
Emeritus of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Michigan,
will be presented with the 2016 ASH Mentor Award for his service as a research
mentor, educator, and career advocate to several generations of trainees. During
his 40-year career in pediatrics, not only has Dr. Boxer overseen the career
development of more than 50 pediatric hematology/oncology fellows he has
trained, he has mentored physician scientists broadly across other disciplines
as well. Dr. Boxer’s trainees cite his drive and enthusiasm as the critical
elements of his influence on their careers. He is well-known for creating a spirit of caring,
curiosity, excitement, and creativity within the training environment that fosters
enthusiasm for scientific exploration.
University of Michigan, Dr. Boxer built a successful research program focused
on neutrophil disorders and created a strong infrastructure to support the
trainees in the Department of Pediatrics as a whole. Dr. Boxer was instrumental
in enabling the University of Michigan to secure a Child Health Research Career
Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and he successfully
advocated for a funding mechanism from the National Institutes of Child Health
Development (NICHD) that has supported young investigators across the nation
for the past 20 years. Dr. Boxer also spearheaded national funding through
NICHD and the American Society of Pediatric Department Chairs that supports
training promising individuals interested in pursuing clinical research careers.
He has served on the evaluation and selection committees for many years and
sponsored fellows at his institution and others across the country.
long-standing member of ASH, Dr. Boxer has served as an Associate Editor of Blood, as faculty for the Advocacy Leadership
Institute, and on multiple committees, including the Publications Committee and
the Awards Committee. Dr. Boxer has also
served as an Associate Editor of the
Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal
of Clinical Immunology, the Journal
of Leukocyte Biology, and the American
Journal of Hematology. He has also served as Councilor
for ASH and the American Pediatric Society and as President of the Society for
Pediatric Research. Dr. Boxer has received several awards and honors,
including the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research’s Founders Award and the
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology’s Distinguished Career Award.
Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, will be presented
with a 2016 ASH Mentor Award for his many years of guidance and support of
students, residents, fellows, and faculty. He is known as a role model in the
clinic and a patient teacher of the scientific method. His philosophy is to encourage
his mentees to “go to the best places to learn new things,” which has led him
to send his students and trainees to learn in the best science labs.
Dr. Nachman has
made an immense impact on the practice and science of hematology. In 1973, Dr.
Nachman and his then-fellow Eric Jaffe, MD, were the first to develop the
technology to culture human vascular endothelial cells from umbilical cords.
This discovery led to an explosion of insights in vascular hematology that led
to major insights into hemostasis, angiogenesis, and tumor biology. Often, Dr.
Nachman would start a research project only to hand it over to the newest
student or fellow in his lab so that he or she could have a first-author paper
to serve as a launching pad to embark on a promising career.
has been a member of ASH since 1976, and during that time has served as an
Associate Editor of Blood and
has also been a member of the ASH Committee on Investment and Audit
since 2007. He is also a member of the American Federation for Clinical
Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American
Society of Biological Chemists, and the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Nachman
is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including ASH’s Henry M.
Stratton Medal, Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian’s Maurice R.
Greenberg Distinguished Service Award, and the Association of Professors of
Medicine’s Robert H. Williams, MD, Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award. He
also served as chairman of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Joan and Sanford I. Weill Department
of Medicine from 1990-2007.
of hematology depends on the selfless dedication of mentors like Drs. Boxer and
Nachman, whose commitment to grooming future generations of hematologists will lead
to important research breakthroughs and advancements in patient care in the
years to come,” said ASH President Charles S. Abrams, MD, of the University of
Pennsylvania. “Their mentorship and the successful trainee programs that they
have developed have set strong examples for all of us in the best practices for
engaging young scientists and preparing them to lead our field forward. I am thrilled
that ASH is recognizing both of these outstanding individuals for their
The American Society of Hematology (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest
professional society concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders.
Its mission is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and
prevention of disorders affecting blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic,
hemostatic, and vascular systems by promoting research, clinical care,
education, training, and advocacy in hematology. The official journal of ASH is
Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited
peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and
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