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The American Society of Hematology Honors Dr. Elaine Muchmore with the 2023 Exemplary Service Award 

(SAN DIEGO, Dec. 6, 2023) – The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize Elaine Muchmore, MD (University of California, San Diego), with the 2023 Exemplary Service Award for her exceptional service and dedication to the Society and the field of hematology. 

The Exemplary Service Award was established in 1998 to recognize individuals whose outstanding service, extending over a period of years, has significantly advanced the interests of the Society. ASH President Robert A. Brodsky, MD, will present this award during the 65th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, California. 

Dr. Muchmore served as an ASH representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Faculty and Academic Societies and the Association of Specialty Professors. She advocated for updates to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements for hematology-oncology fellowship training to ensure that classical (non-malignant) hematology and oncology training received equal time and importance in the United States.  

“It is an honor to award Dr. Muchmore for more than two decades of dedicated and tireless service to ASH,” said ASH President, Dr. Robert A. Brodsky of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “She is an outstanding colleague, and her work has elevated hematology training for fellows across the United States. We value Dr. Muchmore’s incredible contributions.”  

After graduating from the University of California, Davis in 1979, she completed her residency at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle and served as a hematology-oncology fellow at the University of California, San Diego. She was the internal medicine residency program director at the University of California, San Diego and served as the Hematology/Oncology program director from 1994-2008. She was the associate chief of staff for education at VA San Diego Health from 1995-2020.  

Dr. Muchmore joined ASH in 1993 and served on the Committee on Training in an ex officio role given her service on the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine. She led the development of the first hematology-oncology fellowship milestones and worked to align the ACGME and American Board of Internal Medicine procedure requirements for hematology-oncology fellows. 

She continues to lend her expertise to the Society as a reviewer on the Physician-Scientist Career Development Award and the Medical Student Physician Scientist Award. 

The Exemplary Service Award will be presented to Dr. Muchmore on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time in Hall A of the San Diego Convention Center. 

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (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 60 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. 

ASH’s flagship journal, Blood (bloodjournal.org) is the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, and Blood Advances (bloodadvances.org) is an open-access, online journal that publishes more peer-reviewed hematology research than any other academic journal worldwide. Two new journals will be joining the Blood Journals portfolio in 2024, Blood Neoplasia (bloodneoplasia.org) and Blood Vessels, Thrombosis & Hemostasis (bloodvth.org).

Melissa McGue, American Society of Hematology  
[email protected], (202) 552-4927