The AAMDSIF Leadership in Science Award was presented to Amy DeZern, MD, MHS, at our 8th International Bone Marrow Failure Disease Scientific Symposium. Dr. DeZern is Associate Professor of Oncology and Director of the Bone Marrow Failure and MDS Program at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Her research has focused on designing and conducting clinical trials to investigate novel therapies and approaches in the treatment of aplastic anemia and MDS. Dr. DeZern’s work is significantly changing the standard of care for aplastic anemia, with specific expertise in the treatment of relapsed and refractory severe aplastic anemia and the use of alternative donor bone marrow transplantation. She has been a Principal Investigator for numerous MDS clinical trials and collaborative research studies to develop new therapies and translate them to clinical practice. Dr. DeZern has also demonstrated the role of specialized testing to distinguish cellular marrow failure disorders as well as genetic evaluations for patients with both inherited and acquired bone marrow failure. She has been a member of the AAMDSIF Medical Advisory Board since 2013.