ASH will present the 2003 Public Service Award to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and the first-ever Outstanding Lifetime Service Award to Claude Lenfant, M.D., former Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
The Society applauds Sen. Feinstein for her leadership in the Senate on medical research and patient care related issues and is pleased to honor her achievements with the 2003 ASH Award for Public Service. Established in 1997, this Award is presented annually by the Society to an elected U.S. public official who has demonstrated effective leadership on issues of importance to hematology research and practice.
Sen. Feinstein has represented California in the Senate since 1992, and serves as the co-chair of the Senate Cancer Coalition as well as vice-chair of the National Dialogue on Cancer. In her 10 years of service in the Senate, she has dedicated herself to fighting cancer by improving research, creating incentives for effective treatments, and improving the quality of care that patients receive. Earlier this year, Sen. Feinstein reintroduced her legislation, the National Cancer Act of 2003, which provides a comprehensive federal effort related to the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer.
Dr. Lenfant is the recipient of ASH's first Outstanding Lifetime Service Award. This new award recognizes an individual who has displayed effective leadership in areas relevant to the mission of the Society throughout a lifetime.
Dr. Lenfant, the recipient of the 1999 ASH Award for Outstanding Service, has served as Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for more than 21 years. During his tenure, the Thalassemia Clinical Network, the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic
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American Society of Hematology