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ASH Awards Dr. Keith Hoots and Senators Jacky Rosen, John Barrasso, and Tammy Baldwin for Excellent Service and Leadership

December 11, 2022

ASH is Recognizing senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) with the 2022 ASH Public Service Award, and Dr. Keith Hoots, director of the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), with the 2022 ASH Outstanding Service Award.

The ASH Public Service Award, established in 1998, is presented each year by the Society to recognize and honor an elected U.S. public official who has been an effective advocate for government support of biomedical research and hematology practice. Sen. Rosen authored and was the lead sponsor of the Improving Access to Transfusion Care for Hospice Patients Act of 2021 (S. 2566). Sens. Barrasso and Baldwin, who serve as cochairs of the Senate Comprehensive Care Caucus with Senator Rosen, joined her in introducing the legislation in July 2021. This measure is strongly supported by ASH as it seeks to ensure that patients with blood cancers and other hematologic diseases and conditions receive high-quality end-of-life care. It would establish a demonstration program that would provide a separate payment model to promote the provision of palliative blood transfusions in hospice. It would also ensure Medicare payments for blood transfusions outside the hospice bundled payment.

The ASH Outstanding Service Award is presented annually to individuals in the public or private sector in recognition of effective “behind-the-scenes” leadership in areas relevant to the Society’s mission. This year, ASH recognizes Dr. Hoots for his tireless advocacy for hematology research. He joined NHLBI in 2009 after working at the University of Texas (UT) Medical School at Houston in numerous critical roles: professor of pediatrics and division head of pediatric hematology; section head of pediatric hematology, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center; and medical director, Gulf States Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Treatment Center.

Under the leadership of Dr. Hoots, the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources has continued to be a leader in research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of nonneoplastic blood diseases through the launch of efforts such as the Cure Sickle Cell Initiative and the development of programs to support the workforce in classical hematology. Dr. Hoots has provided updates on NHLBI’s hematology efforts at Committee on Government Affairs meetings, served as an author in various ASH publications, and participated in many of the Society’s programs and activities.

Join ASH in congratulating Sens. Rosen, Barrasso, and Baldwin, and Dr. Hoots for their incredible work in support of the Society’s mission. ASH continues to build relationships with congressional and federal agency champions of health care to advance the field of hematology. The Announcement of Awards session takes place Sunday, December 11, at 1:30 p.m. in Hall E of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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