Past Award Winners

2022 Award Winners and Research Projects 

The 2022 Fellowship Selection Committee included Margaret Ragni, MD, MPH (Hematology), Donna DiMichele, MD (Hematology), D. Ware Branch, MD, (OB/GYN), and James Bussell, MD (Hematology).

Special Award Focus Area: Bleeding Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($35,000) – This Award was made possible through a medical education grant from Takeda (formerly Shire).

Callie Berkowitz, MD
Research Fellow, Hematology/Oncology, University of North Carolina, Durham, NC
Mentor: Dr. Alice Ma
Project Title: Patient Assessment and Outcomes in Bleeding of Unknown Cause

Monica Bray, MD, FAAP, RHMSUS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center and McGovern School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Mentor: Dr. Lakshmi Srivaths
Project Title: Assessing Hypercoagulability and the Effect of Heparin Prophylaxis in SLE Using Global Hemostasis Assays

Katie N. Kennedy, MD
Hematology/Oncology Fellow, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Mentor: Dr. Darla Liles
Project Title: A Collaborative Approach to Women with Undiagnosed Bleeding Disorders

Award Focus Area: Blood Disorders – all Blood Disorders ($15,000)

Arielle L. Langer, MD, MPH
Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Mentor: Dr. Nancy Berliner
Project Title: Exacerbation of anemia from beta thalassemia minor during pregnancy: characterization of severity and use of erythropoietin stimulating agents


2021 Award Winners and Research Projects 

The 2021 Fellowship Selection Committee included Margaret Ragni, MD, MPH (Hematology), D. Ware Branch, MD, (OB/GYN), and James Bussell, MD (Hematology).

Special Award Focus Area: Bleeding Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($35,000) – This Award was made possible through a medical education grant from Takeda (formerly Shire).

Bethany Samuelson Bannow, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, The Hematology Center at OHSU, Portland, OR
Mentor: Dr. Alison Edelman
Project Title: Bleeding in Carriers of Hemophilia A: The Role of von Willebrand Factor, Platelet Function and Endometrial Tissue Expression of FVIII
Click Here to read more about Dr. Samuelson Bannow’s project.

Emilie Vander Haar, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York, NY
Mentor: Dr. James Bussel
Project Title: The Natural History of Anti-HPA-alloimmunization in a Diverse Patient Population

Award Focus Area: Blood Disorders – all Blood Disorders ($15,000)

Zachary Ramsay, MD
Research Fellow at the Caribbean Institute for Health Research, Kingston 7, Jamaica
Mentors: Professor Monica Asnani and Dr. Deva Sharma
Project Title: The Influence of Sex Hormones and Menses on Sickle Cell Pain in Women
Click Here to read more about Dr. Ramsay’s project.


2020 Award Winners and Research Projects 

The 2020 Fellowship Selection Committee included Margaret Ragni, MD, MPH (Hematology), D. Ware Branch, MD, (OB/GYN), and James Bussell, MD (Hematology).

Special Award Focus Area: Bleeding Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($35,000) – This Award was made possible through a medical education grant from Takeda (formerly Shire).

Joseph H. Oved, MD
Instructor, Division of Hematology at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP), Bala Cynwyd, PA
Mentor: Dr. Michele P. Lambert
Project Title: Defining the dysbiosis of the gut microbiome in pediatric patients with newly diagnosed ITP

Ming Y. Lim, MD
Assistant Professor, HSC, Salt Lake City, Utah
Mentors: Dr. Geroge Rodgers and Dr. Sara Simonsen
Project Title: Obstetric complications and postpartum contraceptives in women with von Willebrand disease – a statewide population-based study

Click Here to Read Dr. Lim’s Story

Award Focus Area: Blood Disorders – all Blood Disorders ($15,000)

Lauren Andrew, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Calgary in Canada
Mentor: Dr. Leslie Skeith
Project Title: Understanding patients’ and physicians’ perspectives and barriers to participating in postpartum clinical trials: A qualitative substudy of the pilot PARTUM trial

Click here to read Dr. Andrew’s story.


2019 Award Winners and Research Projects 

Special Award Focus Area: Bleeding Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($35,000) – These awards were made possible through an educational grant through Takeda.

Annemarie E. Fogerty, MD
Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Mentor: Dr. Walter H. Dzik
Project Title: Mechanism of Gestational Thrombocytopenia

Chelsea Kebodeaux, MD
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine
Mentor: Dr. Oluyemisi Adeyemi-Fowode
Project Title: Alternate-day versus daily oral iron therapy in adolescents with iron deficiency anemia and heavy menstrual bleeding: a randomized clinical trial.

Special Award Focus Area: Blood Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($15,000)

Jerome Jeffrey Federspiel, MD, PhD
Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Mentor: Dr. Andra H. James
Project Title: Preventing venous thromboembolism following cesarean delivery: building evidence to inform practice


2018 Award Winners and Research Projects 

Special Award Focus Area: Bleeding Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($35,000) – This award was made possible through an educational grant through Takeda.

Julia Coleman, MD
Mentor: Dr. Christopher C. Silliman
Project Title: Sex Dimorphisms in Trauma-Induced Coagulopathy: A Mechanistic Exploration of a Sex-Specific Survival Benefit Project

Click Here to Read Dr. Coleman’s Story

Special Award Focus Area: Blood Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($15,000)

Tazim Dowlut-McElroy, MD, MS
Mentors: Julie L. Strickland MD, MPH; Shannon L. Carpenter, MD, MS
Project Title: Use of Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine Device for the Treatment of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding in Adolescents with Bleeding Disorder

Click Here to Read Dr. Dowlu-McElory’s Story


2017 Award Winners and Research Projects

Special Award Focus Area: Bleeding Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($35,000) – These awards were made possible through an educational grant through Shire/Baxalta.

Margo Rollins, MD
Pediatric Hematologist
Mentor:  Robert Sidonio, Jr., MD, MSc
Project: Determine the feasibility and utility of a novel point of care device (Anemocheck) in the monitoring of reduction of hemoglobin during the menstrual cycle in symptomatic Hemophilia A or B carriers

Ruchika P. Sharma, MD
Pediatric Hematologist
Mentor: Veronica Flood, MD
Project: Coagulating Disorders in Menstruating Adolescent Females

Click Here to Read Dr. Sharma’s Story

Special Award Focus Area: Blood Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($15,000) 

Deva Sharma, MD
Pediatric Hematologist
Mentor: Michael DeBaun, MD
Project: Epidemiologic study of acute vaso-occlusive pain associated with menstruation in women with sickle cell disease

Click Here to Read Dr. Sharma’s Story


2016 Award Winner and Research Project 

Special Award Focus Area: Blood Disorders Affecting Women and Girls ($15,000) 

Leslie Skeith, MD
Hematologist
Mentor: Marc Rodger, MD
Project: Exploring the concept of a minimal clinically important difference in women with antiphospholipid syndrome and past pregnancy loss