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10 Questions With … Mohandas Narla

December 10, 2023

Mohandas Narla, DSc, president-elect of ASH, is a distinguished scientist at New York Blood Center Enterprises in New York City, with a career spanning more than 50 years. 

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

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. 

2. What ASH luminary do you most admire? (Who’s your ASH-lebrity?)  

I admire a number of wonderful individuals, but if I had to choose only one, it would be Dr. Barry Coller, whom I have known for nearly 50 years. Barry is a brilliant physician scientist, great mentor, a renaissance person, and a true humanist. 

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

Treat everyone with respect and dignity. 

4. When I’m down, … brings me up.   

Spending quality time with my family and trusted friends. 

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

The presidential reception where I get to catch up with friends and colleagues. This is the only occasion where it is possible for such an interaction annually. 

6. What’s your hidden talent 

Developing and sustaining long-term professional research collaborations globally with very smart but also very nice people. 

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

Masala dosa, an Indian crepe. 

8. What’s been your greatest success?  

Establishing and maintaining long-term friendships with hematology colleagues around the world.  

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

Human biology in general and hematology in particular are so fascinating. 

10. What’s your favorite CD or album?  

Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” 

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