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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Vanderbilt: American Society of Hematology Honors Mentoring

Dr. Michael DeBaun, director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, has been awarded the American Society of Hematology’s 2019 ASH Mentor Award for his sustained and outstanding commitment to the training and career development of early career hematologists.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Mentor Award recognizes hematologists who have excelled in mentoring trainees and colleagues. Each year, the society recognizes two mentors in the areas of basic science, clinical investigation, education or clinical/community care who have had a significant, positive impact on their mentees’ careers and, through their mentees, have advanced research and patient care in the field of hematology.

Dr. DeBaun, who came to Vanderbilt in 2010, is being recognized for his profound influence on his mentees’ intellectual growth and career development. He is a renowned clinical investigator whose work to improve care of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) has been recognized with numerous awards

“The mentor award represents the hard work of my mentees in the United States, Nigeria, and Ghana who have taken on the challenge of focusing their life’s work on delivering and advancing the care of children and adults with sickle cell disease,” said Dr. DeBaun, vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Pediatrics, professor of pediatrics and medicine, and J.C. Peterson MD Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology. “Their collective work is a sense of immense pride, not only for me, but also for my wife and now adult children.”

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