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Prominent Hematologist and NHF Volunteer Appointed to CDC Post

Dr. Roshni Kulkarni, internationally recognized pediatric hematologist, has been appointed Director of the Division of Hereditary Blood Disorders for the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. This position with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta will be effective June 2006. Kulkarni is leaving her academic career as Professor and Director of Pediatric & Adolescent Hematology/Oncology at Michigan State University, where she also serves as Director (pediatric) of the MSU Comprehensive Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, College of Human Medicine.

Over the years, Kulkarni has served in key positions with the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF). She is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC) Neonatal Task Force and a member of the NHF Blood Safety Working Group. Since 2003, Kulkarni has been the MASAC representative at NHF’s Annual Meeting Working Group. She helped develop a two-day, intensive medical track at the Annual Meeting.  From 2003 to 2004 Kulkarni co-chaired the NHF-CDC National Prevention Program, organizing a national meeting on women's bleeding disorders and contributing to NHF’s “Do the 5!” prevention tips. The tips were created as part of NHF’s National Prevention Program in partnership with the CDC to reduce and prevent complications of bleeding disorders through education. In 2003 Kulkarni received the NHF Award of Excellence Physician of the Year.

Dr. Kulkarni is a board member of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society, the Food and Drug Administration’s Blood Product Advisory Committee and the CDC Universal Data Collection Working Group. In 2003, she developed a new data collection form for children with bleeding disorders and a web-based animation that explains blood clotting.

Kulkarni obtained her medical degree from Osmania Medical College at the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad, India. She completed her pediatric residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.


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