Bone Marrow Transplant Pioneer Dies

Dr. E. Donnall Thomas

(Photo from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, picture left, died over the weekend, at the age of 92.

Called “the father of bone marrow transplantation,” Thomas led the way in developing transplantation as a viable treatment for blood disorders and cancers. In the late 1960s, his team performed the first transplant using a matched sibling as the donor. Their successful transplant in the 1970s using an unrelated donor led to the establishment of the national registry. In 1990, Thomas was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of his work.

Click here to read Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s tribute.

Click here to read the New York Times article about Dr. Thomas.


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About The Bone Marrow Foundation

Founded in 1992, The Bone Marrow Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, emotional support, and comprehensive educational programs. The Foundation is the only organization of its kind that does not limit assistance to a specific disease, type of transplant or age range.

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