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Remembering William Vaughan (1947 – 2022)

April 28, 2022

May 2022

William Vaughan, MD

William Vaughan, MD

William Vaughan, MD, died on January 24, 2022, at age 75 after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

An internationally recognized pioneer of bone marrow transplantation, Dr. Vaughan started his career as a fellow and junior faculty member at Johns Hopkins University. He later became medical director of the hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and in 1991, he joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he established its HCT program. He held several leadership roles at UAB before his retirement in 2013.

Dr. Vaughan is widely recognized for his extensive work in improving the safety of bone marrow transplantation, cancer pharmacology, and cell kinetics. During his time at UAB, Dr. Vaughan was one of the founding members of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cell Therapy (FACT), an organization dedicated to the promotion of quality medical and laboratory practice in the HCT field. He also served on the FACT Board of Directors.

He was especially proud of his long-term association with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, beginning in 1996, and ultimately retired from the board of directors in 2014 as the chairman of Bone Marrow Transplant Guidelines. In recognition of his outstanding performance in the field of hematology and oncology, he has been featured in the Leading Physicians of the World, a publication of the International Association of Health Care Professionals.

“Bill will always be remembered as a strong and knowledgeable advocate for people with cancer,” according to his obituary in The Cancer Letter. “His contributions to HCT and treatment safety will remain as a lasting legacy on the cancer care landscape.”

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