American Society of Hematology

Media Experts Subcommittee

Committee Roster

Aaron T. Gerds, MD, MS ('19)

Appointed Members
Janis L. Abkowitz, MD ('19)
Charles S. Abrams, MD ('19)
Steven L. Allen, MD ('19)
Kenneth C. Anderson, MD ('19)
Kenneth A. Bauer, MD ('21)
Nancy Berliner, MD ('19)
Catherine M. Bollard, MD, MBChB ('19)
Malcolm K. Brenner, MB, PhD, FRCP, FRCPath ('19)
Renier J. Brentjens, MD, PhD ('19)
Robert A. Brodsky, MD ('20)
Patrick Brown, MD ('19)
Mark A. Crowther, MD ('22)
Mary Cushman, MD ('19)
Catherine S. Diefenbach, MD ('21)
Peter D. Emanuel, MD ('19)
Jonathan Friedberg, MD ('21)
Jonathan Hoggatt, PhD ('19)
Robert A. Hromas, MD ('19)
Brad Kahl, MD ('19)
Armand Keating, MD ('19)
Joanne Kurtzberg, MD ('19)
Richard A. Larson, MD ('19)
Stephanie J. Lee, MD, MPH ('20)
Alan Eli Lichtin, MD ('19)
Alan E. Mast, MD,PhD ('19)
Joseph R. Mikhael, MD, FRCPC, MEd ('19)
Charles G. Mullighan, MBBS, MD ('19)
Robert Zygmunt Orlowski, MD, PhD ('19)
Ifeyinwa (ify) Osunkwo, MD,MPH ('21)
Julie A. Panepinto, MD,MS ('19)
Margaret V. Ragni, MD, MPH ('19)
Kanti R. Rai, MD ('19)
Gary J. Schiller, MD ('19)
Laurie Sehn, MD,MPH ('19)
Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, MS ('19)
Tait Shanafelt, MD ('19)
Susan B. Shurin, MD ('19)
Leslie E. Silberstein, MD ('19)
Samuel M. Silver, MD,PhD,FRCP ('19)
Roy L. Silverstein, MD ('19)
David P. Steensma, MD ('19)
Wendy Stock, MD ('19)
John J. Strouse, MD, PhD ('21)
Martin S. Tallman, MD ('21)
Alexis A Thompson, MD, MPH ('19)
Alisa S Wolberg, PhD ('19)

Joseph C. Alvarnas, MD ('19) - Chair, Committee on Practice
Lisa Kristine Hicks, MD, MSc ('19) - Chair, Committee on Quality
Alan Glen Rosmarin, MD ('20) - Chair, Committee on Government Affairs

Committee Mandate

The Media Experts Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Committee on Communications, is a group of ASH-approved media spokespersons on both scientific and policy matters who are media trained by ASH to speak to issues that advance the Society’s agenda. Having a group of trained speakers on call allows ASH to be more proactive and nimbler in responding to or reaching out to media on timely issues and helps fulfill part of the Committee on Communications’ mandate to increase the Society’s media coverage.


The Committee on Communications identifies key scientific topics that are strategically important to ASH for proactive media outreach and periodically reviews the topic categories and messaging as necessary. The Communications staff works with the staff liaisons to the Committee on Government Affairs, the Committee on Practice, and the Committee on Quality to identify the top policy issues (including quality-of-care initiatives) for ASH and appropriate spokespersons and messaging for each.


The Media Experts Subcommittee is composed of scientific experts in selected key topic areas and spokespersons knowledgeable about the ASH advocacy agenda who will help the Society respond to interview requests from the media or be offered proactively for interviews to help advance ASH’s strategic goals and priorities. The membership of the Media Experts Subcommittee represents a broad range of ages and ethnic backgrounds and includes individuals who focus on both research and patient care as well as those who are in metropolitan areas that constitute major media markets in the United States and Canada.


The Chair of the Committee on Communications chairs the Media Experts Subcommittee. The ASH Officers serve as appointed members and the chairs of the Committee on Government Affairs, Committee on Practice, and Committee on Quality as liaison members. Members of the Media Experts Subcommittee serve three-year, renewable terms (unless otherwise indicated).


Members of the Media Experts Subcommittee participate in mandatory media training at least once during their term and are authorized to speak on ASH’s behalf and to be referenced as an “ASH spokesperson” in media coverage. Since these individuals have media training and a strong knowledge of ASH’s key messages and priorities in addition to their scientific expertise, they may also be asked to serve as moderators for press briefings at the ASH annual meeting, as well as to provide expert commentary and/or assist staff in developing/reviewing the press releases on Blood and Blood Advances manuscripts and annual meeting abstracts.

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