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H. Joachim Deeg, MD

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Professor Emeritus, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch Cancer Center
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Dr. Joachim Deeg, a distinguished figure in the field of hematology and bone marrow transplantation., was presented with the AAMDSIF Lifetime Achievement in Science Award at the AAMDSIF 40th Anniversary Summit in October 2023.  With a career spanning several decades, Dr. Deeg has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of blood disorders, particularly hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. A longtime supporter of the AAMDSIF mission, Dr. Deeg serves as an original member of our organization's Medical Advisory Board and has presented at numerous professional and patient education programs.
Born in Germany, Dr. Deeg pursued his medical education with fervor, earning his medical degree from the University of Heidelberg. Following his education and arrival at the Fred Hutch in 1976, he embarked on a journey of research and clinical practice that would shape the landscape of hematologic oncology.
Dr. Deeg's work has been characterized by a relentless pursuit of excellence in patient care, research, and education. He has held numerous leadership positions, including Director of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and visiting Professor at Carl Carus University in Dresden, Germany.
Throughout his career, Dr. Deeg has been at the forefront of groundbreaking research aimed at improving outcomes for patients with blood cancers and disorders. He has been cited in over 863 peer-reviewed studies and has authored several books. His research interests encompass a wide range of topics, including graft-versus-host disease, myelodysplastic syndromes, and leukemia. Some of Dr Deeg’s most notable contributions to bone marrow failure research include developing novel treatments for acute graft-vs.-host disease; creating an animal model of MDS that has allowed researchers worldwide to test new treatments; and establishing bone marrow transplantation from healthy donors as a curative treatment for MDS and myeloproliferative neoplasms.
In addition to his research and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Deeg is a dedicated educator, mentoring over 50 students, fellows, and young physicians in the field of hematology and bone marrow transplantation. His passion for teaching and knowledge dissemination has had a lasting impact on the next generation of medical professionals.
Dr. Deeg's contributions to the field have been widely recognized, earning him numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize from the American Society of Hematology. His work continues to shape the landscape of hematology and bone marrow transplantation, offering hope to patients and advancing the field towards new frontiers in treatment and care.

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