Emily Cooley Memorial Award and Lectureship

This award began as a lectureship in 1963 and was designated as a Memorial Award in 1983. The person who receives this award shall have demonstrated teaching ability and shall have made a major contribution to the field of transfusion medicine or biotherapies. Acceptance of the award requires attendance at the AABB Annual Meeting and the presentation of a lecture.

The recipient will receive a $5,000 honorarium. The Emily Cooley Memorial Award and Lectureship is presented annually and the recipient is chosen one year in advance.


To be eligible for this award, candidates:

  • Need not be a member of AABB.
  • Must demonstrate outstanding scientific and teaching contributions to the field of transfusion medicine or biotherapies.


Recipient selected by a joint committee comprised of leaders from the Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee and Transfusion Medicine Section Coordinating Committee with formal approval by AABB's Board of Directors.

Please send all inquiries about this award to awards@aabb.org.

2022 Recipient

Thomas R. Spitzer, MDThomas R. Spitzer, MD


For his selfless mentorship of students, fellows, residents and interns, as well as his extensive supervision of younger professionals in clinical, laboratory and research settings during his career at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Spitzer has also been integrally involved with the Solid Organ Transplant Program at the MGH and worked on the development of novel bone marrow and kidney transplant protocols for the induction of immune tolerance.

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