Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award

For Promotion of Women in Cancer Medicine and Cancer Science

Dr. Clara Bloomfield

2016 Recipient of the Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award

Clara Bloomfield, M.D.
Distinguished University Professor
William G. Pace III Professor of Cancer Research
Cancer Scholar and Senior Advisor
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center


Dr. Clara D. Bloomfield earned her MD, from the University of Chicago and completed training in internal medicine and medical oncology at the University of Minnesota, where she became a full professor in just 7 years. In 1989, she became professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Oncology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as chair of the Division of Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In 1997 she joined The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC) as Director. As an elected member of both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, she is the only female professor at OSU to hold such honors. Currently, Dr. Bloomfield serves as cancer scholar and senior advisor at the OSUCCC. She is also a member of the Leukemia Research Program, a professor of internal medicine, and she holds the William Greenville Pace III Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.

Dr. Bloomfield is an internationally recognized clinical scientist, whose over 40 years of groundbreaking research on adult leukemia and lymphoma—described in more than 1000 publications—have changed the way we think about and treat patients with these diseases. She pioneered the use of biologic characteristics of neoplastic cells for selecting appropriate curative therapy for individual patients. She first suggested and demonstrated that adults, including elderly adults, with acute leukemia could be cured with chemotherapy. She also showed that certain groups of leukemia patients, defined in particular by genetic characteristics of the leukemia, required intensive therapy to be cured, while others could be cured with standard approaches. Her study of chromosomes in leukemia and lymphoma has helped identify genes involved in the development of these diseases, and the application of this information has helped develop effective therapies for individual patients. In particular, she identified several now classic chromosome changes in leukemia and lymphoma, including the Philadelphia chromosome in acute lymphoblastic leukemia and the rearrangement of 16q22 in acute myeloid leukemia. She is considered the world’s authority on how chromosome changes influence treatment and outcomes in adult acute leukemia.

Dr. Bloomfield is the recipient of many prestigious honors, including the 2004 American Association for Cancer Research Joseph H. Burchenal Clinical Research Award, 2006 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Distinguished Service Award for Scientific Achievement, the 2008 Henry M. Stratton Medal from the American Society of Hematology, ASCO’s 2009 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award, and the 2012 Richard L. Schilsky Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) Achievement Award.

Clara Bloomfield will receive her award on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 4 pm, CPB 8th Floor.

Prior Award Recipients

2015 Recipient:
Jimmie Holland, M.D.
Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology
Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

2014 Recipient:
Laurie Glimcher, M.D.
Dean, Weill Cornell Medical College
Provost, Medical Affairs of Cornell University

2013 Recipient:
Karen Antman, M.D.
Provost, Boston University Medical Campus
Dean, Boston University School of Medicine

2012 Recipient:
Nancy Hopkins, Ph.D.
Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2011 Recipient:
Edward J. Benz, Jr., M.D. (pdf)
President, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Director, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

2010 Recipient:
Janet Rowley, M.D. (pdf)
Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology,
and of Human Genetics, Section of Hematology/Oncology
University of Chicago Medical Center

2009 Recipient:
Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.) (pdf)
CEO, American Association for Cancer Research

Dr. KripkeAbout Margaret L. Kripke

Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D., is widely regarded as a trailblazer and role model for women in medical science, academia and executive leadership. She has supported and mentored countless colleagues, employees and trainees throughout her distinguished career. Dr. Kripke continues to serve on the MD Anderson Cancer Center faculty in a reduced-time capacity as special advisor to the provost. More (pdf)

2016 Margaret L. Kripke Legend Awardee

Dr. Clara Bloomfield

Clara Bloomfield, M.D.
Distinguished University Professor
William G. Pace III Professor of Cancer Research
Cancer Scholar and Senior Advisor
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

Award Ceremony & Lecture:
Thursday, March 24, 2016
4:00 - 5:00 pm (reception to follow)
Cancer Prevention Building (CPB) 8th Floor

About the Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award

Women Faculty Programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center established this award in 2008 in honor of Margaret L. Kripke, Ph.D., for her unwavering advocacy for and promotion of women in academic medicine and science.

This national award will be given each year to an individual, male or female, for their ongoing sustained support and extraordinary dedication to enhancing the careers of women in cancer medicine and cancer science.

Candidates for the award will be considered by a committee of internal faculty and external members of the scientific community.

For questions, please contact:
Abby Mitchell, MBA
Project Director
P: 713.792.6142