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10 Questions With … Dr. Robert Brodsky

December 8, 2023

Robert A. Brodsky, MD, is a professor of medicine and the director of the Division of Hematology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently serves as president of ASH. 

 1. If you were to compile a bucket list, what would top that list?  

Learning to sail in Chesapeake Bay. 

2. Who’s your ASH-lebrity?  

My dad, Isadore Brodsky. 

3. What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?  

Never marry your hypothesis. (To which my wife said, “I’m glad I wasn’t your hypothesis.”) 

4. When I’m down, … brings me up.  

My golden retriever.  

5. What’s your one can’t-miss presentation or event at the ASH annual meeting?  

Late-breaking abstracts. 

6. What’s your hidden talent?  


7. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?  


8. What’s been your greatest success?  


9. When starting my career, I wish I had known …   

To not take grant and manuscript rejections personally. 

10. What’s your favorite CD or album?  

“Led Zeppelin IV.” 

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