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Waxman receives national leadership award

Apr. 24, 2014

Dan Waxman, M.D., clinical professor of pathology and the director of the Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program at the IU School of Medicine, was recently named the recipient of the President's Award from the America's Blood Centers in honor of this “extraordinary service” to organization.

Dan Waxman and David Green

Dan Waxman, M.D., right, accepts the America's Blood Centers Award from Dave Green, M.D., president of the ABC.

Dr. Waxman, who also serves as executive vice president and chief medical officer at Indiana Blood Center, was recognized for 25 years of service to the organization, which provides support to the largest network of non-profit community blood centers in North America. Dr. Waxman is the immediate past-president of the ABC.

“Dr. Waxman provided an unwavering focus on governance excellence, accountability to the membership, and commitment to the core values on which ABC was founded,” said Dave Green, president of the ABC and president and CEO of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. “His capable leadership through an extremely difficult time for our profession and for ABC was beyond reproach and reflects great credit upon himself, those he guided through the process, and the association as a whole.”

The President’s Award is presented to individuals at the discretion of the current ABC president and board of directors. Dr. Waxman, who was elected as president of ABC from 2011-2013, was credited for raising visibility of board activities and creating transparency during board meetings. Throughout his 25 years with ABC, Dr. Waxman held positions as vice-president and secretary.

At the Indiana Blood Center, Dr. Waxman is responsible for all clinical aspects of the state’s largest independent blood center. His responsibilities include donor and patient services, transplant compatibility lab, immunohematology lab and determination of medical suitability for community blood donors. He has served in this role at Indiana Blood Center since 1997.

Dr. Waxman has worked in blood banking for nearly 30 years. After completing a pathology residency and fellowship in transfusion medicine, he joined the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City, Mo., in 1986 where he served as associate medical director until 1992. He also held leadership positions at Carter BloodCare in Bedford, Texas, and the American Red Cross Blood Services, Southeastern Michigan Region-Detroit.

ABC is a member organization comprised of non-profit community blood centers, which operate more than 600 blood donation collection sites. Together the network provides half the U.S. blood supply to more than 3,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities. America's Blood Centers is not affiliated with the American Red Cross.

The Indiana Blood Center is a not-for-profit community resource organization dedicated to maintaining a stable blood supply for more than 60 hospitals throughout Indiana. This goal is met with the annual help of more than 100,000 volunteer donors and through the dedication of more than 375 Indiana Blood Center staff who live out the lifesaving mission of providing blood components to patients in Indiana hospitals. It is the largest independent blood provider in Indiana and among the top 20 nationally, performing some 150,000 procedures annually.

Dr. Waxman received the award during the organization's annual meeting in Palm Springs, Calif.

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