Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Schwartz, FACT Board Member and the recipient of the ASFA Presidential Award! The Presidential Award of the American Society for Apheresis is bestowed upon a member of the Society who has consistently made major contributions to, and performed outstanding service for, the Society over a number of years.
Dr. Schwartz’s contributions to ASFA have been numerous. Holding many Officer positions, including as a past President, he advocated for ASFA representation in many other professional societies and multistakeholder groups. His support for ASFA members included the establishment of a members’ session during ASFA Annual Meetings, implementation of small interest groups, and growth of membership to more than 1,000 people.
Dr. Schwartz has been a FACT inspector since 2006. Since that time, he has served on numerous FACT committees, including as Chair of the Standards and Information Technology committees. Dr. Schwartz is also a member of the FACT Accreditation, Education, and Professional Relations Committees. He has been a FACT Board member since 2016.
His leadership also extends to many other organizations as a Board member, committee leader, and reviewer. He has been awarded the DeGowin Award & Lectureship in Blood Banking, the Joseph S. Fink Laboratory Medicine Faculty Teaching award, the AABB Hemphill-Jordan Leadership Award, and the honor of Elected Member of The Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators and the Academy of Clinical Excellence at Columbia University, Vagleos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
FACT thanks Dr. Schwartz for his servant leadership, and for his extraordinary work in representing apheresis professionals in the growing fields of transplantation and cellular therapy.