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Hematologists from Developing Countries Participate in 2018 ASH Visitor Training Program

(WASHINGTON, November 27, 2018) – The American Society of Hematology (ASH) today announced the names of 22 hematologists and medical professionals from developing countries selected to participate in the 2018 ASH Visitor Training Program (VTP).

Participants will receive up to 12 weeks of specialized hematology training at host institutions in many different parts of the world. After the program, participants will return home to implement their newly acquired skills and knowledge to address a specific need, helping to build hematology capacity and expertise at their respective institutions.

This year’s program includes participants from 10 countries who are training at top institutions in North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Their areas of study range from bone marrow transplantation to hematologic malignancies and the management of sickle cell disease. VTP participants will carry out their training in the clinic or laboratory of an ASH member mentor.

The 2018 Visitor Training Program Participants are:

Recipients Training Topic

Kay Thwe Aung, MMSc

Diagnosis, management, screening and prevention of thalassemia

M. Patricia Da Silva, MD

Laboratory diagnosis and management of patients with bleeding and thrombotic disorders

Eman Farrag, MSc, MBBS, MBA

Diagnosis and management of bleeding and clotting disorders

Shalini Goel, MD, MBBS

Training in MDS diagnoses and management of MDS patients

Jawad Hassan, FCPS, MBBS

Clinical cytogenetics and hematologic malignancies training

Fady Hennawy, MBBChir, MSc

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Tanzeel Imran, MBBS

Hemoglobinopathies (thalassemia and sickle cell anemia)

Md Minul Islam, BSc

Flow cytometry and molecular biology

Mahesh Kumar, FCPS, MBBS

Training in conventional karyotyping

Mohammed Mabed, MD, PhD

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Mujittaba Mashi, MBBS

Training in proper blood screening using refrigerated centrifuge

Nouran Momen, MD

Diagnosis and monitoring of MRDs

Shano Naseem, MD, MBBS

Training in performance and interpretation of Sanger Sequencing and NGS tests for AML

Esther Obi, MBBS

Training in bleeding and coagulation disorders

Nishadya Ranasinghe, FRCPA
Sri Lanka

Processing and staining techniques of trephine biopsies with H&E stains, and reporting on immunohistochemistry

Ranjit Sahoo, MD, DM, MBBS

Haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Niharika Shah, MD

Flow cytometry

Md Salahuddin Shah, FCPS

Flow cytometry

Muhammad Shariq Shaikh, FCPS, MBBS

Flow cytometry

Talal Abu Shawfah, MBBChir

Training on diagnostic techniques and hemoglobinopathies

Shinto Thekkudan, MD, DM

Stem cell transplantation and managing alternate donor transplant patients

Umar Zahur, FCPS, MBBS

Stem cell transplantation, focusing on post-transplant complications including infections, VOD, and GvHD

The American Society of Hematology (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. ASH publishes Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online. In 2016, ASH launched Blood Advances (www.bloodadvances.org), an online, peer-reviewed open-access journal.

Sara Khalaf, American Society of Hematology
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