The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) recently awarded two new clinical fellowships. The awardees are Shannon Meeks, MD of the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA and Eric Mullens, MD of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. The NHF Clinical Fellowship Program in Bleeding Disorders Research, which began in 2003, is sponsored exclusively by Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
The NHF Clinical Fellowship Program in bleeding disorders research recognizes the need to sustain future professional leaders specializing in bleeding and clotting disorders. It was developed to help educate and train physicians engaged in providing comprehensive care for individuals with hemophilia, von Willebrand disease and thrombophilia. “There is a critical need for physicians specializing in the care of bleeding disorders,” said NHF’s CEO Alan Kinniburgh, PhD. “This program encourages new medical professionals to consider bleeding and clotting disorders as a specialty by making it financially possible for them to participate in training programs.”
Dr. Meeks received a BS in mathematics from Duke University in 1997 and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi in 2001. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of Virginia in 2004. The new award allows Dr. Meeks to continue her participation in the specialized training program in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Emory.
Dr. Mullens earned a BS in biochemistry from the University of Missouri in 1997 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the same institution in 2001. He finished his pediatric residency at Vanderbilt University in 2004. The fellowship will enable Dr. Mullens to carry on his participation in the specialized training program in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital.
NHF has awarded 11 clinical fellowships to date. Winners are selected by an independent panel and receive a maximum two-year, $200,000 award. Baxter increased its financial support for the program to more than $3.6 million, enabling NHF to provide funding for two new fellowships each year through 2008.