Charles S. Abrams, MD, the Francis C. Wood Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Blood Center for Patient Care & Discovery at Penn and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, began his 1-year term as President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) on December 8, 2015, during the organization’s 57th Annual Meeting and Exposition.
ASH is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood.
Before his term as President, Dr. Abrams served a 1-year term as Vice President, followed by a successive term as President-Elect. He also previously served a 4-year term as ASH Secretary from 2009–2012.
At Penn Medicine, Dr. Abrams also serves as Vice Chair for Research and Chief Scientific Officer of the Department of Medicine.
His clinical and research interests have focused on the role of platelets in bleeding and clotting disorders, inflammation, and metastasis formation. He is also the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Program Project Grant and a K12 mentored training grant. Dr. Abrams has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.
Dr. Abrams received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. After an internship at Temple University Hospital, Dr. Abrams completed a residency and hematology-oncology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. ■