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NHF Announces New MASAC Chair

The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) has appointed Craig M. Kessler, MD, as chair of its Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC). Kessler succeeds W. Keith Hoots, MD, Gulf States Hemophilia Center in Houston, who served two consecutive three-year terms.


“I have been surveying MASAC members for the past several years,” said Dr. Paul Haas, Chairman of the Board of Directors at NHF, “and Craig’s name came out on top.”


Kessler earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He was a fellow in special hematology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore before becoming senior staff physician in hematology service at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. From 1982-1997 he served as director of the Special Coagulation Laboratory, Department of Medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, and director of its Adult Component of the Washington Area Hemophilia Comprehensive Care Center. From 1991-1997, he was the director of the Center for Blood Disorders. Since 1997 Kessler has been on the faculty of the Georgetown University Medical Center. He has been its Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center since 2000.


Kessler has been actively involved in NHF in many capacities—as a member of the NHF Board; Associate Medical Director; Chair of the AIDS Treatment Working Group; member of the Judith Graham Pool Postdoctoral Fellowship and Career Development Award Review Committee; and a member of MASAC since 2003.


“Dr. Kessler has been a leader in the hemophilia community at the national level for more than 20 years,” said Dr. Alan Kinniburgh, NHF CEO. “It will be a great privilege to work with him as MASAC chair.”


MASAC was established in 1954 to advance clinical care and promote hemophilia research. It establishes quality of care guidelines for the treatment of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, which are distributed in the form of recommendations. The guidelines set the standard of care around the world. MASAC members include physicians, researchers, nurses, social workers and physical therapists. MASAC recommendations are posted on NHF’s Web site: and through HANDI, its information resource center: 1-800-42-HANDI.


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