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Sanders honored by ASH for exemplary service

American Society of Hematology bestows Distinguished Emeritus status on Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s pediatric transplant pioneer Jean Sanders

Dec. 3, 2012
Dr. Jean Sanders

Dr. Jean Sanders, former director of Fred Hutch’s Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation Program

Photo by Dean Forbes

Pediatric transplant pioneer Dr. Jean Sanders, who retired from Fred Hutch in June, now holds Distinguished Emeritus status from the American Society of Hematology.

ASH established the award in 2001 to recognize individuals whose exemplary service and efforts have significantly advanced the interests of the organization and the field of hematology.

Sanders' quest to eliminate cancer as a cause of human suffering and death shaped the treatment of pediatric transplant patients nationwide. Formerly the director of Fred Hutch’s Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation Program, Sanders devoted her 37-year career to determining which transplant treatments work best in children—investigating the long-term health effects of stem cell transplantation, providing compassionate care and teaching more than 90 doctors.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a world leader in research to prevent, detect and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.