With more than 17,000 members from nearly 100 countries, the ASH is the world's largest professional society serving both clinicians and scientists around the world who are working to conquer blood diseases.
The Society's mission is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology.
Browse the 2019 ASH annual report, highlighting the Society’s progress and achievements over the past year.
Learn about ASH’s governing committees, bylaws, and conflict-of-interest policy.
Explore all open positions at ASH and find a career opportunity that matches your interests and aspirations.
Learn about ASH’s rich history and its role in developing the field of hematology over the last six decades.
Discover opportunities to support ASH initiatives, including meetings and awards.
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History of ASH
In April 1958, the first official meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where more than 300 hematologists gathered to discuss clinical and research matters related to blood and blood diseases. Since that initial meeting, ASH has played an active and important role in the development of hematology as a discipline.
For more than six decades, ASH has sponsored its annual meeting, the premier education and scientific event in the field of hematology, and has published the journal Blood, the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field.
A listing of some of the influential individuals who have made an impact on the Society over the years - ASH presidents from 1959 to present
Explore the Rich History of ASH and Hematology
Did you know the American Society of Hematology was once called the “Blood Club?” Learn more about the rich history of ASH and the field of hematology in this documentary, created in honor of the Society’s 50th anniversary.
Many hematologists have been instrumental in the development of ASH and have greatly advanced the field through their numerous contributions. Meet some of these notable leaders profiled as part of ASH's 50th anniversary in 2008 by following the links below to read their profiles and hear their insights about the field and the development of ASH.
In 2008, ASH celebrated its 50th anniversary and used this historical milestone to reflect on the progress that has been made in the field. Explore the content below to learn more about the history of ASH and important hematologic advances made in the last five decades.
The late Dr. Ernest R. Jaffé (1983 ASH president) and Dr. Kenneth A. Kaushansky (2008 ASH president) discuss the origins of the Society and it's journal, Blood.
ASH 50th Anniversary Reviews
Read historical reviews, published in Blood, about significant advances made in the field.
Watch this short video to learn more about the rich history of the Society and the field of hematology.