Awards and Lectureships

Over the nearly 50 years of its history, the Massachusetts Association of Blood Banks has developed several awards and lectureships:


·      Morten Grove-Rasmussen Award:  This award was established in 1976 in memory of Dr. Morten Grove-Rasmussen who, as Blood Bank Director of the Transfusion Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, became known as a leader in the field.  It is given to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the field of Transfusion Medicine.

2018 Award Recipient: 
Edward L. Snyder, MD, FACP
Yale-New Haven Hospital

·      Karen Tiegerman Memorial Lectureship:  This lectureship was established in 1993 by the New England Medical Center Blood Bank in memory of Karen Tiegerman, who was the Blood Bank Supervisor.  Karen was an independent thinker who took time to share her knowledge with others.  She loved her work and took pride in being a Medical Technologist.  This lectureship is awarded to a Medical Technologist who, like Karen, loves his or her work and is dedicated to the profession.

2019 Lectureship Recipient: Margaret Leger, MS, MT(ASCP), SBB
Massachusetts General Hospital

 ·      Angelyn Konugres Lectureship Dr. Konugres is well known to our community.  She has been a recipient of numerous scientific and civic awards, served as Director of the Blood Bank of the Los Angeles County General Hospital, USC School of Medicine, Research Associate and Associate Director for the Blood Grouping Laboratory, Boston, and as Director of the Blood Bank, Boston Hospital for Women.  She was, for many years, Associate Director of the Blood Bank at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  She is recognized nationally as an author on hemolytic disease of the newborn, neonatal transfusion therapy, and blood testing for disputed parentage.  Upon her retirement, the Angelyn Konugres Lectureship was established in her honor to recognize a blood bank professional who exemplifies leadership and commitment to this field. 

2013 Lectureship Recipient: Jorge Rios, MD
American Red Cross, Dedham, MA

MABB Cellular Therapy Award:  This award was established in 2019 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of cellular therapy, a field that encompasses bone marrow transplant, genetic engineering and therapy, immunotherapy, and regenerative medicine.  Recipients of the MABB Cellular Therapy Award must practice in at least one of the three areas of cellular therapy (academia, regulatory/quality operations, or industry), have long term service to the field of cellular therapy with distinction, and have made significant contributions in the cellular therapy field.

2019 Award Recipient: Jerome Ritz, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School