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ASH Honorific Awards

E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize

Submit a Nomination Today!

ASH is currently accepting nominations for the 2025 Honorific Awards until July 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

Submit a Nomination

This lectureship was created in 1992 and named after the late Nobel Prize laureate and past ASH president E. Donnall Thomas. The E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize is intended to recognize pioneering research achievements in hematology that have represented a paradigm shift or significant discovery in the field.

Because this award involves a dedicated lecture during the meeting, the chosen individual must not only represent a leader in the field but also have effective communication skills.

Key Dates

Nomination Deadline for E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize July 15, 2024
 Award Notification for Recipients March 2025
Presentation of Awards for Recipients December 2025

Eligibility Criteria


  • Both nominees and nominators must be members of ASH. Not an ASH member? Apply today
  • Nominees of all nationalities and all countries of residence are eligible; however, all nomination materials must be submitted in English.


  • Self-nominations and posthumous nominations will not be accepted.
  • Past recipients are not eligible for the same award they received previously.
  • Recipients may only receive one Honorific Award per year.
  • Voting members of the ASH Executive Committee and the ASH Awards Committee are ineligible for an Honorific Award during their tenure.

Submit a Nomination

Before getting started, please review the Honorific Award Nominations Guidance document, which provides detailed information about each award and guidance on crafting an effective nomination letter.

The following documents are required in order to submit a nomination package:

  • A completed nomination form;
  • A copy of the nominee's current CV or a copy of the nominee's NIH biosketch (preferred) annotated with “Contributions to Science,” if available;  
  • A letter of nomination summarizing the nominee's contributions to hematology, explaining how those contributions have advanced the field, and describing why the nominee deserves the specific Honorific Award (please refer to the Honorific Award Nominations Guidance document for recommendations on writing an effective nomination letter);
  • Optional: Up to two additional letters of support will be accepted but are not required; multiple people are allowed to sign one letter.

Submit a Nomination

If you are having trouble completing or submitting your nomination, please email [email protected] to request assistance.


Award Recipients

E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize Recipients


For assistance or more information about ASH Honorific Awards, please contact the Awards Department at [email protected] or 202-776-0544.