Board of Directors
Rebecca Kruse-Jarres, MD, MPH
Director, Washington Center for Bleeding Disorders at Bloodworks Northwest
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Washington
In addition to regular clinical activity, Dr. Kruse-Jarres is internationally known for her work with inhibitors in acquired and congenital hemophilia and has been actively involved with national and international clinical trials studying new treatments for this patient population.
Shannon Carpenter, MD, MS
HTRS Vice President / President-elect
Associate Division Director, Kansas City Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center
Section Chief of Hematology, Children's Mercy Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Dr. Carpenter's clinical research interests include inhibitors in hemophilia patients and the risk for thrombosis in hospitalized pediatric patients. She serves on the Board of ATHN and is Deputy Editor of PREP Hematology/Oncology published online by the AAP.
Rodney M. Camire, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Division of Hematology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Camire holds a Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Hematology Research. His lab's focus is understanding the components of the blood coagulation system, how they interface with activated cells, and how functional disturbances lead to bleeding and thrombosis.
Lynn Malec, MD, MSc
Medical Director, Comprehensive Center for Bleeding Disorders
Versiti/Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Malec is actively involved in the clinical care of both adult and pediatric patients with disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis as well as clinical research involving this patient population. She was awarded the 2016 HTRS/ATHN DREAM Award to explore the impact of extended half-life products in patients with hemophilia.
Cindy Leissinger, MD
Immediate Past President
Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics and Pharmacology
Tulane University School of Medicine
Section Chief, Hematology/Medical Oncology
Director, Louisiana Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
In addition to caring for patients with coagulation disorders, Dr. Leissinger oversees an active research program that receives funding from the NIH as well as numerous other federal and industry sources. She participates in several clinical research groups and has been an active investiagor for many research studies related to bleeding disorders, with a particular interest in Factor VIII inhibitor development and management.
Gowthami Arepally, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology
Medical Director of Therapeutic Apheresis, Vice Chief of Research/Division of Hematology
Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Arepally's clinical interests lie in immune thrombocytopenias and thrombotic disorders. Current lab efforts focus on the role of complement activation in the immune and thrombotic complications of HIT, the role of complement in sickle cell alloimmunization, and complement therapeutics.
Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Bergmeier is a biomedical researcher working in signal transduction, platelet biology, and hemostasis and thrombosis. His lab research spans from Harvard Medical School to the Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research in Philadelphia to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. His ongoing work focuses on better understanding small GTPase signaling in platelets and megakaryocytes.
Brian R. Branchford, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Dr. Branchford is a physician co-leader for local and national quality/process improvement efforts to develop safe and effective thromboprophylaxis strategies, and co-founded the Children’s Hospital-Acquired Thrombosis (CHAT) Clinical Research Consortium. He also has a basic/translational science lab that focuses on the role of platelet activation signaling in thromboinflammation.
Leonardo R. Brandão, MD, MSc
HTRS Canadian Representative
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto
Thrombosis Program, Hematology/Oncology, Hospital for Sick Children
A native Brazilian physician (University of São Paulo), Dr. Brandão trained in General Pediatrics (Emory University) with fellowships in Paediatric Haematology/Oncology (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) and Paediatric Coagulation (Weill Cornell University). He is director of Thrombosis Service at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Ontario.
Mary Cushman, MD, MSc
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Medical Director, Thrombosis and Hemostasis Program
Board Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of Vermont
Dr. Cushman's research focuses on causative factors for heart disease, stroke, cognitive impairment and venous thrombosis. She completed two terms as Board Director for the American Heart Association in 2017 and is Editor-in-Chief of Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis, ISTH's open-access journal.
Barbara C. Furie, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Furie’s research career focused on hemostasis and thrombosis, with major areas of investigation including structure-function relationships of the blood coagulation proteins, study of the vascular cell adhesion molecule P-selectin, and the function of thiol isomerases in normal hemostasis and in thrombosis. She has been active in many professional societies including ASH and ISTH, and her major commitment to NASTH led to the opportunity to participate with HTRS in the recent merger of the two societies.
Bryce Kerlin, MD
Professor of Pediatrics/Hematology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine Center
PI, Center for Clinical & Translational Research/The Abigail Wexner Research Institute, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Dr. Kerlin is Director of The Joan Fellowship in Pediatric Hemostasis-Thrombosis at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an Attending Physician for the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT. His lab studies interactions between the coagulation and glomerular biology systems with the goal of improving care for persons with kidney disease.
Alan Mast, MD, PhD
Medical Director/Medical Services, Senior Investigator
Versiti/BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy/Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Mast holds the Walter A. Schroeder Endowed Chair for Blood Research and maintains basic science and clinical research programs. Specifically, his basic research investigates vascular biology and the physiology of blood coagulation, and his clinical research investigates iron metabolism and iron deficiency anemia.
Shannon L. Meeks, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics/Scientific Director for Hemostasis and Thrombosis
Emory University School of Medicine/The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Meeks has a basic, translational, and clinical research interest in the immune response in hemophilia A. Her laboratory in particular has characterized the epitopes recognized in the B-cell response to factor VIII.
Leslie Raffini, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology
Director of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Raffini's clinical and research interests are in bleeding and clotting disorders, with particular focus on anticoagulation in children with cardiac disease, thromboprophylaxis, and epidemiology of pediatric thrombosis.
Margaret V. Ragni, MD, MPH
Director, Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania
Professor of Medicine and Clinical Translational Science, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Dr. Ragni's prospective cohort, observational, case-control studies, and novel drug trains were among the first multi-center NIH-funded studies in hemophilia/VWD. She mentors pre- and post-doctoral trainees. Dr. Ragni received the Kenneth Brinkhous Research Award (NHF), Kenneth E. Schuit Educator Award (Pitt), G. David Roodman Mentoring Award (Pitt), Murray Thelin Research Award (NHF), Max Wintrobe Endowed Lectureship (Utah), and Research Leadership Award (NHF).
A. Koneti Rao, MD, FACP, FAHA
Sol Sherry Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Co-Director, Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center
Director, Benign Hematology, Hemostasis and Thrombosis, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University
Dr. Rao's research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of inherited platelet disorders, diabetes mellitus and antithrombotic therapy. With more than 250 publications, he is also Associate Editor of Henry's Clinical Management by Laboratory, McPherson and Pinkus (Editors), 23rd Edition. He is a member of ASCI and has served on NIH study sections.
Jordan Shavit, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Hemostasis/Thrombosis
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Michigan Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
Dr. Shavit is a practicing pediatric hematologist who specializes in the care of children with diseases of the blood coagulation system. He has established genetic models in zebrafish currently being used for the development of novel therapeutics for diseases of coagulation. His research has been supported by the NIH, HTRS, and other foundations.
Alisa S. Wolberg, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Dr. Wolberg's expertise is in physiologic and pathophysiologic mechanisms in hemostasis and thrombosis, including in vitro and in vivo models of bleeding and thrombotic disorders. Ongoing lab work includes studies on contributions of fibrin(ogen), factor XIII, and red blood cells to thrombosis, role of female hormones and oral contraceptives in venous thromboembolism, cancer-associated thrombosis, and clot quality in hemophilia and factor XI deficiency.