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2018 Annual Report

American Society of Hematology

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ASH strives to be an indispensable organization to hematologists. With your help, let us continue to grow our global and diverse community of clinicians, scientists, trainees, and educators. Let's dream big dreams, take calculated risks, and continue to deliver high impact results that help hematologists conquer blood disease worldwide.

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ASH By the Numbers

In 2018, ASH continued to grow, set records, and raise the bar for service to its members. The following numbers demonstrate the breadth and reach of ASH in 2018, both in the U.S. and around the world.

17,300 +

ASH members, 26% of whom are from outside North America


Attendees at the 2018 annual meeting (a new record!), 40% of whom came from outside the U.S.

$ 10 M+

ASH funding committed annually to Career Development and Training Awards

4,879 +

Abstracts presented at the ASH Annual Meeting


Papers published in Blood


Papers published in Blood Advances


Messages generated to Capitol Hill by ASH Grassroots Network


Congressional office visits conducted by ASH members

ASH supports hematologists around the world by offering various research awards, training programs, and other resources designed to enhance knowledge, research, and expertise. In 2018, ASH introduced the ASH Global Research Award, designed to support future international scientific leaders, increase hematology capacity, and nurture global collaborations. Further, ASH Award programs continued to provide funding, training, and mentorship to a new generation of ASH Awardees. 

$ 10 M

Budgeted for ASH Awards in 2018

900 +

Awards Recipients in 2018

40 +

Countries with ASH Award Recipients

80 +

Abstracts Presented by Awardees at the ASH Annual Meeting

ASH continues to play a vital role in influencing policies and advocating for hematology. In 2018, ASH was involved in several federal and state advocacy campaigns to support the Society’s legislative, regulatory, and policy priorities. In particular, ASH used its Grassroots Network to inform Congress about the need for sustained hematology research funding and oral chemotherapy parity, and the need to strengthen and expand federal SCD programs.


Messages generated to Capitol Hill by ASH Grassroots Network


Congressional office visits conducted by ASH members

$ 2 B

Increase in funding secured for the National Institutes of Health


Letters submitted by ASH to the Department of Health and Human Services

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The First ASH Congressional Fellow

Catherine Zander, PhD, participated in the new ASH Congressional Fellowship program, which aims to connect hematologists to the policy-making process and educate Congress about issues important to hematologists and their patients. Dr. Zander worked closely with elected officials to ensure that the hematologist’s voice was heard in the policymaking process.

As the world’s premier hematology organization, ASH continues to expand its international programs and services designed to help hematologists conquer blood diseases worldwide.

40 %

Meeting attendees from outside the U.S.


Awardees from outside the U.S.


International trainees supported by ASH

The ASH Foundation was created in 2012 to facilitate private philanthropic relationships with individual donors, other foundations, and government agencies that confer charitable grants. Thanks to generous donors, in 2018 the ASH Foundation provided additional resources to enhance and expand ASH programs dedicated to advancing hematology research, promoting career development and training, and making a global impact.

$ 740 K

In grants disbursed by the Foundation from January through December 2018

$ 841 K+

Total gifts received in 2018, an increase of over $177,000 compared to 2017 donations

~ 1,800

Donors in 54 countries around the world

Visit the links below to learn more about the exciting events, resources, and opportunities covered in this report.


Explore ASH meetings and workshops in 2019

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Learn about ASH RC, its Data Hub, and the Clinical Trials Network

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Access digital resources for clinicians, trainees, educators, and patients


Access the new VTE guidelines

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Learn more about the ASH Sickle Cell Disease Initiative


Browse and apply for ASH Awards


Join the ASH Grassroots Network

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Browse ASH publications

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Become an ASH donor

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Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on an ASH committee


Nominate yourself or a colleague for an ASH Honorific Award


Browse the ASH Job Center for hematology/oncology jobs