FWGBD Welcomes New Board and MAC Members

April 28, 2021

The Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders is proud to announce the recent appointment of its newest board members, Sarah O’Brien, MD, MSc and Jeffrey H. Lawson, MD, PhD.

Dr. Lawson is a Professor of Surgery and Pathology, Vice Chair of Research, Program Director of the Surgical Research Residency, and the Medical Director of the Department of Surgery Clinical Research Unit, which oversees all clinical research activities in the Department of Surgery at Duke University. Dr. Lawson is an active physician-scientist, he is clinically practicing vascular surgery and actively pursuing basic, translational and clinical research activities in his laboratory. He has become a leader in the field of vascular translational research and his laboratory has successfully developed a number of molecular, cellular, and tissue engineered technologies through translational animal studies to first-in-man clinical trials. He has published extensively on the topic of arteriovenous access and is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vascular Access. Dr. Lawson is the founder and Chairman of the Board of InnAVasc, a company dedicated to vascular access innovation.   Dr. O’Brien is a pediatric hematologist in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center, an investigator in the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at Nationwide Children’s Research Institute, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She serves as the Director of Experimental Therapeutics for the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT and also leads a multidisciplinary hematology and adolescent gynecology clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include pediatric thrombosis and thromboprophylaxis, the evaluation and diagnosis of mild bleeding disorders, and the intersections between hematology and women’s health.   Additionally, the Foundation would also like to announce that Dr. Biree Andemariam (UConn Health), Dr. Jim Curtis (Prisma Health-Midlands), and Dr. Leslie Skeith (University of Calgary) have joined our Medical Advisory Committee (MAC).   We are thrilled to have them all join us and are thankful for their incredible leadership and ongoing commitment to ensuring that all women and girls with blood disorders are correctly diagnosed and optimally managed across the lifespan.