Stanley L. Schrier, MD
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) recognized Stanley L. Schrier, MD, a Past ASH President and formerly Professor Emeritus of Medicine in Hematology at Stanford School of Medicine, California, with the 2019 Exemplary Service Award for his years of service and dedication to ASH and to hematology. Dr. Schrier died on August 16 at the age of 90. See In Memoriam on page 190.
The Exemplary Service Award was established in 1998 to recognize an individual whose outstanding service, extending over a period of years, has significantly advanced the interests of the Society. ASH President Roy Silverstein, MD, will announce the award during the 2019 ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition this December in Orlando, Florida.
A Lifetime of Service
Dr. Schrier served as the President of ASH in 2004. His research interests in red cell biology led to a more than a 20-year effort to understand the pathophysiology of thalassemia, with projects in countries with high rates of thalassemia, such as Israel, Italy, and Thailand. Dr. Schrier was celebrated by colleagues not only for his research, but also for his commitment to providing compassionate care to thousands of patients during his 60 years at Stanford. He was also a talented educator of both physicians and scientists. He continued to conduct research and treat patients up to 2 months before his death.
Roy Silverstein, MD
Dr. Schrier was a founding member of the ASH-supported International Consortium on Acute Leukemia, an international network that brings together clinical investigators from Europe, North America, and South America to improve the care of patients with acute leukemia through clinical and laboratory collaboration. He had been a strong supporter and deeply committed member of the network since its inception in 2004. Dr. Schrier was also instrumental in establishing ASH’s partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), an outreach program dedicated to bringing consultation and training to hospital personnel in Uganda, Tanzania, Peru, and Cambodia. Dr. Schrier served as Chair of the HVO Hematology Steering Committee from 2007 to 2013.
Dr. Schrier had been a dedicated ASH member, as demonstrated by his service as chair and member of various committees including the Committee on Educational Affairs (Member, 1993–2001); Ad Hoc Committee on Outreach (Chair, 2006–2007); and the ASH Executive Committee (President, 2004). In addition to his numerous research and leadership accolades, Dr. Schrier was known as an extraordinary mentor, having received the prestigious ASH Mentor Award in 2013. In addition to his service to ASH, Dr. Schrier served as hematology editor of UpToDate, an online medical information service. ■