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Vamvakas Receives Schreiber Chair in Transfusion Medicine

Eleftherios "Stephen" C. Vamvakas, M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice chair for Clinical Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been named the holder of the Rita and Taft Schreiber Chair in Transfusion Medicine.

The endowed chair was presented at a ceremony on Feb. 18 and will fund Dr. Vamvakas' research into transfusion medicine. Taft Schreiber died in 1976 from a mismatched blood transfusion at another hospital. After his death, the family began supporting blood donation and safety programs at Cedars-Sinai.

Dr. Vamvakas has studied the purported harmful effects of transfusion on the immune system, the epidemiology of blood transfusion, and the survival of transfusion recipients. The purpose of his work is to integrate and evaluate evidence on the risks of blood transfusion to assist in making public policy.

This spring, he is the Boerhaave Chair in Transfusion Medicine at the Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands.

Dr. Vamvakas takes the podium at his endowed chair dedication ceremony.