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.

This year, MABB is proud to present this award to Irwin Gross, M.D., Senior Medical Director of Accumen LLC, in San Diego, CA, in recognition of his accomplishments in Patient Blood Management during his tenure as Medical Director of both the Transfusion Service and the Patient Blood Management Program at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine.  Dr. Gross is a member of the AABB, the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management, and of the Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Expert Panel on Blood Utilization for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Irwin Gross, M.D

Past Recipients:

David A. Williams, MD
Children’s Hospital Boston

Dr. Williams' major research interests are in the study of blood stem cell biology, blood formation, leukemia and the treatment of genetic blood diseases using gene therapy. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters. He was an investigator for HHMI for 16 years. He has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1986. His laboratory co-discovered and cloned Interleukin-11 (Neumegae) and carried out developmental studies that assisted in obtaining FDA approval of this drug. His laboratory also described the use of fibronectin in retrovirus-mediated gene transfer, now nearly universally used (as Retronecting) in clinical gene therapy trials and basic research utilizing gene transfer.  More...

Richard L. Haspel, MD, PhD
Stem Cell Processing Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, MA

Leslie E. Silberstein, MB
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Director of the Joint Program in Transfusion Medicine (Children's, Brigham and Women's, and DFCI)
Director, Center for Human Cell Therapy at the Immune Disease Institute
Boston, MA

Dr. Silberstein is currently a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Joint Program in Transfusion Medicine at Children's Hospital, Boston, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is also a Senior Investigator and Director of the Center for Human Cell Therapy at the Immune Disease Institute and Head of the HSCI Translational Research Program.  More...

Chet Andrzejewski, Jr., PhD, MD, FCAP
Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts

Chester Andrzejewski, Jr., PhD, MD is Medical Director of System Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking Services at Baystate Health in Springfield, MA. He received his undergraduate education at Brown University and a PhD in Immunology from Tufts University where he created and studied the first monoclonal anti-DNA hybridomas and anti-idiotypes to them.  More...

Christopher P. Stowell, MD
Director, Blood Transfusion Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Blood Group Serology Reference Laboratory
American Red Cross, New England Region

Naomi L.C. Luban, MD
Instructor of Child Health and Development
George Washington University School of Medicine
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, DC

Delores Mallory, MT (ASCP), SBB
Director, Reference Laboratory
American Red Cross

Joel Umlas, MD
Medical Director, Blood Bank
Mount Auburn Hospital

Scott Murphy, MD
Chief Medical Officer
American Red Cross Blood Services
Penn-Jersey Region

Edmond J. Yunis, MD
Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Maruditsa Y. Mitsiu, MS, MT (ASCP), SBB
Blood Bank Supervisor
SBB Program Director
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, West Campus

Robert Weinstein, MD
Medical Director
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

James P. Aubuchon, MD
Medical Director
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Edward L. Snyder, MD
Medical Director
Yale New Haven Hospital

Mark Popovsky, MD
Chief Medical Director
American Red Cross Blood Services
Northeast region

Sanford Kurtz, MD
Chairman, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Lahey Hitchcock Medical Center

Ken Anderson, MD
Medical Director
Blood Component Laboratory
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Sunny Dzik, MD
Medical Director
Blood Bank and Tissue Typing Laboratory
New England Deaconess Hospital

Carl W. Walter, MD
Founder, Chairman of the Board
Fenwal, Incorporated

C. Robert Valeri, MD
Scientific Director
Naval Blood Research Laboratory
Boston, Massachusetts

Peter L. Page, MD
Medical Director
American Red Cross Blood Services
Northeast Region

Christine Pinnetti, RN
Senior Staff Nurse
New England Medical Center

Margot S. Kruskall, MD
Medical Director, Blood Bank
Beth Israel Hospital

Lawrence N. Button
Research Associate
The Children’s Hospital

Irma O. Szymanski, MD
Director, Blood Services
University of Massachusetts
Medical Center

Mary T. Burtis, MT (ASCP), SBB
Blood Bank Supervisor, Reference Laboratory
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ronald A. Yankee, MD
Medical Director
Rhode Island Blood Center

Mary F. Stinson
Supervisor, Blood Bank
Goddard Hospital

Robert J. Tinch, Sr., MS
Research Associate
Biomedical Engineering
Blood Bank
New England Deaconess Hospital

The Blood Grouping Laboratory
Boston, Massachusetts

Angelyn Adele Konugres, PhD
Director, Blood Bank and Research
Boston Hospital for Women

Mary Rota, RN
Blood Transfusion Service
Massachusetts General Hospital

Sherwin V. Kevy, MD
Director, Blood Transfusion Service
Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Eugene M. Berkman, MD
Medical Director, Blood Bank
New England Medical Center

Charles Huggins, MD
Director, Blood Transfusion Service
Massachusetts General Hospital