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Sazama Named President of American Association of Blood Banks


Sazama Named President of American Association of Blood Banks
M. D. Anderson News Release, 01/27/04

Kathleen Sazama, M.D., J.D., professor of laboratory medicine at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, has been named president of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).

“The public health relies on a safe and plentiful blood supply,” Sazama said. “I look forward to ensuring that the AABB continues to play a leading role in making blood and related biological therapies available in hospitals and emergency treatment centers whenever and where ever needed.”

As AABB president, Sazama oversees activities of the board of directors, including developing strategic goals in research and public advocacy for the association, maximizing the association’s educational program for members and updating the AABB’s mission, vision and goals.

Sazama has been an active member of the AABB since 1979 and has held several leadership positions, including vice president and treasurer.

Established in 1947, the AABB is an international association of institutions, including hospital and community blood and apheresis centers, as well as transfusion and transplantation services and individuals involved in activities related to transfusion and transplantation medicine. More than 8,500 individuals are members of the AABB, including physicians, scientists, administrators, medical technologists and blood donor recruiters.

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