Wilmot Leukemia Expert Gets National Achievement Award

Hematologist Establishes Traveling Fellowship Program

January 26, 2004

John M. Bennett, M.D., an international expert in leukemia and a pioneer in myelodysplastic syndromes research, received the 2004 Career Achievement in Clinical Hematology Award by Celgene Corporation.  The award funds are being used to establish the Carol and John Bennett Traveling Fellowship Award for talented oncology fellows or junior faculty members.

Bennett, emeritus professor of oncology in medicine, laboratory medicine and pathology at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center, is founder of the French-American-British Cooperative Leukemia Working Group and is renowned for his research into the diagnosis and treatment of hematological malignancies. 

His major research interest is to integrate the new classification of MDS into the study of new agents that may hold promise for people suffering from this blood disorder, which often leads to leukemia.

He has held a number of leadership positions throughout the world, and currently serves as chair of The Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation and editor-in-chief of Leukemia Research journal. He serves on editorial boards of several journals and has published more than 450 articles and chapters.

 A graduate of Harvard College, Bennett earned his medical degree at Boston University and completed his residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He completed a hematology Fellowship at Tufts University/Boston City Hospital.  He served as head of the morphology/cytochemistry section at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center before moving to Rochester.

Bennett practiced at Highland Hospital from 1969-1974, before joining the Wilmot Cancer Center.  For 30 years, he was principal investigator for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, a clinical research organization, and headed the hematology and new agents committees.

Bennett donated the Celgene Award to the Wilmot Cancer Center to establish a traveling fellowship fund to support Fellows or junior faculty members who present research at national and international conferences.  The funds will be awarded annually to the individual presenting the best research.

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