Honoring Women’s History Month – Five Ladies shaping the Bleeding Disorders Community
This Women's History Month and Bleeding Disorders Awareness month we honor five female TRAILBLAZERS.
1. Alexis A Thompson, MD, MPH
Dr. Thompson is the first female African American President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Dr. Thompson served as 2018 ASH President. Dr. Thompson's interest in science and wanting to make a difference attracted her to medicine. Currently, she is the Hematology Section Head at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Illinois. Read more of her story here.
2. Amelia Mickeliunas
Amelia Mickeliunas, at 7 years old runs a lemonade stand in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska to raise awareness of bleeding disorders and the National Hemophilia Foundation. Her little brother has hemophilia and she has raised over $3000 for the cause. Amelia is using her talents to spread awareness of bleeding disorders in a unique way. Read more of her story here.
3. Foundation for Women and Girls with Blood Disorders
The Foundation for Women and Girls with Blood Disorders founded by Andra James, MD, Roshni Kulkarni, MD and Barbara Konkle, MD is dedicated to raising awareness and educating key healthcare providers on the unique issues of women and girls with bleeding disorders. The Foundation creates opportunities for providers to share resources, convene in educational sessions and best practices through their learning action network. Learn more here.
4. Judith Graham Pool, MD
Dr. Graham Pool discovered cryoprecipitate and changed the course of treatment for bleeding disorders forever. Cryoprecipitate contained a substantial amount of factor in a smaller volume, it could be infused to control serious bleeding. Blood banks could produce and store the component, making emergency surgery and elective procedures for patients with hemophilia patients much more manageable.Read more here.
5. Helen M. Ranney, MD
Dr. Ranney was the first female president of the Association of American Physicians and the American Society of Hematology in 1984 and 1974 respectively. Read more of her story.
We salute you ladies this Women's History Month and Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month!