A Message from Cindy Leissinger, MD, HTRS President
Welcome to the new website for the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society (HTRS). HTRS is a North American professional medical society dedicated to advancing care for people with bleeding and thrombotic disorders through investigator-initiated research, mentoring, and continuing medical education. Our members are physicians, nurses, trainees, pharmacists, pharmaceutical industry partners, and all healthcare professionals working with disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis.
In Memorium: Jeanne M. Lusher, MD
The Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society mourns the loss of a highly esteemed, dedicated hematologist who was and will continue to be an inspiration to the hematology community. Dr. Jeanne Lusher was a distinguished researcher, educator, and clinician in pediatric hematology, and long-time HTRS member, who passed away on September 13, 2016.
A native of Ohio, Dr. Lusher received her bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Cincinnati and did her postgraduate training at the Charity Hospital of Louisiana at New Orleans. She received fellowship training in hematology/oncology at Tulane, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis. In 1968, she joined Wayne State University School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She later served as Chief of Hematology/Oncology, and Director of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center and the Coagulation Laboratories at the Children's Hospital of Michigan until her retirement in 2013. Dr. Lusher was a Marion I. Barnhart Hemostasis Research Professor and Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University.
Dr. Jeanne Lusher is internationally recognized as an expert in the development and management of factor VIII (FVIII) and factor IX (FIX) inhibitors, as well as the analysis and clinical study of new clotting factor concentrates for the treatment of bleeding disorders. Along with a colleague, she was the first to identify inhibitors as antibodies to factor VIII in 1966. She authored more than 270 peer-reviewed papers, nine books and more than 60 book chapters.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Lusher has taken on many leadership roles within the field including first Co-Chair of ATHN along with Dr. Amy Shapiro in 2006. Dr. Lusher was the recipient of many awards including the Kenneth Brinkhous Physician of the Year Award by the National Hemophilia Foundation in 1993, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Distinguished Career Award in 2002, and the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. She served for innumerable years as a scientific reviewer for the HTRS Mentored Research Award Program, providing valuable insight into the many grant applications she reviewed.
Even more than all of her achievements, Dr. Lusher is also remembered for her outstanding character, connection and empathy with patients, superb mentorship, generosity and kindheartedness. Her influence will continue far into the future. She will be missed by her many HTRS colleagues and friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI 48025-4507, (248) 283-1100, or at the Michigan Humane Society website. (Dr. Lusher loved animals and was an ardent supporter of the Michigan Humane Society.) HTRS has given a donation to the Michigan Humane Society in memory of Dr. Lusher.
Read more about Dr. Lusher and her many accomplishments here.