President's Awards

This honor recognizes the extraordinary public service and contributions of an individual or an organization in the health care arena. The recipient’s work furthers AABB’s goals and missions.

Recipients:

Ronit Slotky, PhD, MSc
Director, Cell Therapies Manufacturing Facility
Hackensack University Medical Center

Citation: In recognition of your boundless energy and commitment in helping to advance the field of biotherapies and AABB’s role in this critical area.


Yvette M. Miller, MD, ABIHM
Executive Medical Officer
American Red Cross

Citation: In recognition of your exceptional leadership, expertise and compassionate approach to effectively navigating donor screening challenges.


Ravi Reddy, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
South African National Blood Service

Citation: In recognition of your extraordinary efforts to encourage participation in COVID-19 convalescent plasma clinical trials in South Africa.


Monica B. Pagano, MD
Medical Director, Transfusion Services
University of Washington"

Citation: In recognition of your dedication in chairing AABB’s Clinical Transfusion Medicine Committee, and your extraordinary efforts to advance and analyze AABB’s hospital surveys.


Diana Berrent
Founder
Survivor Corps

Citation: In recognition of your extraordinary efforts to mobilize COVID-19 survivors and encourage COVID-19 convalescent plasma donations.


William D. Block
President & Chief Executive Officer
Blood Centers of America

Citation: In recognition of your leadership in mobilizing the blood community to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma, and for working to ensure an adequate funding source to do so.


Kate Fry
Chief Executive Officer
America's Blood Centers

Citation: In recognition of your leadership in mobilizing the blood community to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma, and for working to ensure an adequate funding source to do so.


Arturo Casadevall MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Citation: In recognition of your critical work as part of the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project Group, which helped to advance the science regarding therapeutic options for convalescent plasma.


Brenda J. Grossman, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Pathology & Immunology & Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Citation: In recognition of your critical work as part of the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project Group, which helped to advance the science regarding therapeutic options for convalescent plasma.


Michael J Joyner, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
College of Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Citation: In recognition of your critical work as part of the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project Group, which helped to advance the science regarding therapeutic options for convalescent plasma.


Jeffrey P Henderson MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

Citation: In recognition of your critical work as part of the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project Group, which helped to advance the science regarding therapeutic options for convalescent plasma.


Nigel Paneth MD, MPH
University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus
Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Pediatrics & Human Development
Michigan State University

Citation: In recognition of your critical work as part of the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project Group, which helped to advance the science regarding therapeutic options for convalescent plasma.


Liise-anne Pirofski, MD
Mitrani Professor of Biomedical Research
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

Citation: In recognition of your critical work as part of the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project Group, which helped to advance the science regarding therapeutic options for convalescent plasma.


Shmuel Shoham MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University

Citation: In recognition of your critical work as part of the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project Group, which helped to advance the science regarding therapeutic options for convalescent plasma.


Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA
President
Lasker Foundation

Citation: In recognition of your exceptional leadership of The Fight Is In Us, which was critical in advancing the collection of COVID-19 convalescent plasma and providing critical therapeutic options for patients in need.


Peter Lee, PhD
Corporate Vice President, Research and Incubations
Microsoft Corporation

Citation: In recognition of your exceptional leadership of The Fight Is In Us, which was critical in advancing the collection of COVID-19 convalescent plasma and providing critical therapeutic options for patients in need.


Brian G. Gannon, BA, MBA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Citation: In recognition of your tireless leadership of the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism, which has provided critical oversight of blood supply needs and messaging throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


Leo Debandi
Vice President, Analytics, Production and Inventory Planning
American Red Cross

Citation: In recognition of your tireless leadership of the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism, which has provided critical oversight of blood supply needs and messaging throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


Michael P. Busch, MD, PhD
Director, Vitalant Research Institute
Senior Vice President for Research and Scientific Programs
Vitalant
Professor of Laboratory Medicine
UCSF

Citation: In recognition of your exceptional leadership on the NHLBI REDS-IV-P RESPONSE and CDC Multistate Assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence in Blood Donors programs, which are providing critical data to help advance the field to address blood safety concerns and use blood donors to monitor the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S.