Dr. Joan Cox Gill Award for Outstanding Service to HTRS
At each of the HTRS biennial Scientific Symposia, HTRS honors one of our members who has made a lasting and extraordinary contribution to the Society and its members.
The award, established in 2013, is officially titled "The Dr. Joan Cox Gill Award for Outstanding Service to the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society" ("The Dr. Joan Cox Gill Service Award" for short), in honor of the first recipient, Dr. Joan Cox Gill. Dr. Gill received the award at our 2013 Scientific Symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina at an award ceremony held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Joan Cox Gill, MD
Dr. Gill had over 30 years of experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with hemostatic and thrombotic disorders and participated in and held leadership positions in the performance of multiple national and international research studies in hemostasis and thrombosis. She was an NIH-funded investigator and authored over 100 publications in the field. Dr. Gill mentored many pediatric hematology fellows; most of whom are in academic positions and several of whom have been successful in obtaining NIH or other peer reviewed funding. Dr. Gill served as Treasurer and CFO of HTRS since its inception in 1989 and was responsible for HTRS attaining 501(c)(3) status. Dr. Gill most recently was a Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine and Epidemiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin; an Investigator and retired Medical Director of the Comprehensive Center for Bleeding Disorders, a federally funded treatment center, at BloodCenter of Wisconsin. HTRS thanks Dr. Gill for her many years of outstanding service. She passed away on May 9, 2018, leaving a deep void in the lives of her family, friends, colleagues, and patients.
Eric F. Grabowski, MD, ScD
Dr. Grabowski is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and the Director of the MassGeneral Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center. He is also an Attending Pediatrician; the Director, Cardiovascular Thrombosis Laboratory; and Co-Director and Co-Founder, Pediatric Stroke Services at MassGeneral Hospital.
Dr. Grabowski graduated from Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN, following which he completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at New York Presbyterian-Weil-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY. Prior to medical school, he earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering and engineering mechanics (cardiovascular fluid mechanics and blood-biomaterials studies) from Columbia University, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular physiology and biophysics at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.
Dr. Grabowski has excelled as a clinician in many ways, including designing the first successful combination chemotherapy to yield long-term survivors of extraocular retinoblastoma when at Cornell-NY Hospital in the mid 1980's. He was one of the pioneers in the use of thrombolytic therapy to treat major deep venous thromboses in children at Cornell-NYHospital (now New York Presbyterian Hospital) and Massachusetts General Hospital.
As a laboratory researcher, he has had many accomplishments, not the least of which was early in his career when he designed and constructed a unique flow chamber for the study of blood-surface interactions (the Grabowski platelet aggregometer) which is now in fourth-generation forms. His laboratory effort has been supported by NIH and/or American Heart Association grants, of which he has been the principal investigator, for 40 years, and remains so supported. He has over 200 publications and abstracts.
On a more personal note, Dr. Grabowski was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, and grew up on the shores of Lake Erie, where he became an Eagle Scout, and was an avid boater and fisherman. He and his wife Virginia have three children and seven grandchildren.
One wonders how Dr. Grabowski has found time to give as much as he has to HTRS. He has served HTRS as Co-Chair of the Thrombosis Committee (2003-2010), HTRS Board Member (2002-2004 and 2011-2014), Co-Chair of the HTRS Annual Symposium in 2006 and 2007, Chair of the Scientific Review Committee (2008-present), Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2010-2012) and Chair of the Mentored Research Award Program (2009-present), which has grown exponentially under his leadership, awarding $5.6 million in grants to 32 promising young investigators since its inception in 2007. He fostered development of Poster Presentations at the Annual Symposium, the HTRS Lifetime Achievement Award, the Investigator-Initiated HTRS Research Award, and the highly popular HTRS Thrombosis Luncheon and Workshop at ASH. Dr. Grabowski served as the HTRS representative to the initial meetings to develop a Joint Summit Meeting in 2012 involving 13 North American organizations interested in hemostasis and thrombosis which recently held its 3rd Summit (Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America - THSNA). He led the effort to develop the non-profit organization that grew out of the Summit, the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Societies of North America (also THSNA), comprised now of 15 thrombosis and hemostasis North American societies, and was elected as its inaugural President (2014-2016). During his tenure as THSNA President, several more organizations joined and the first two THSNA Mentored Research grants were awarded.
Thank you to Dr. Grabowski for his enormous contribution to HTRS and the unending generosity of his time, skills and knowledge that have led to the growing success of HTRS in achieving its mission.
Thomas C. Abshire, MD