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New endowed chair focuses on child blood disorders

Published: December 1, 2011
Anthony Chan
Dr. Anthony Chan, a professor of pediatrics, with five-month-old patient Grayden Hutchinson.

Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and the McMaster Children’s Hospital are teaming up to establish a new research chair in pediatric blood disorders at McMaster University, with the assistance of Bayer Inc.

The inaugural chair holder will be Dr. Anthony Chan, a professor of pediatrics of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster and division chief of the pediatric hematology/oncology and director (pediatrics) of the Hemophilia Treatment Centre at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Chan has a clinical focus on children with bleeding and clotting disorders, including stroke, and a leading research program of study including novel anticoagulants. He will hold the McMaster Children’s Hospital/Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Chair in Pediatric Thrombosis and Hemostasis.

"As a hematologist, I am particularly pleased to have this new research chair in child blood disorders," said Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster. "Dr. Chan is one of Canada’s top pediatric clinician scientists who link the needs of their patients to their discoveries in the laboratory."

"Dr. Chan is a well-respected, internationally recognized investigator who has been at the forefront of amazing accomplishments in the area of thrombosis and hemostasis. We are so fortunate to have him at McMaster Children’s Hospital and for him to be the inaugural holder of this chair," said Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, president of McMaster Children’s Hospital.

"We are delighted to partner on a common goal in the hemophilia community and an important initiative that brings focus to blood disorders within children," said Dr. Shurjeel Choudhri, senior vice president and head of Medical and Scientific Affairs, Bayer Inc.

Chan remarked: "This is an honour. This endowed chair will allow us to continue to improve the lives of children with bleeding and clotting problems through our research."

Chan joined McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences in 1997 after training at the universities of Hong Kong and Saskatchewan. His research has attracted both a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Career Investigator award, as well as a Canadian Paediatric Society Research Award. He is a widely-sought consultant, contributing his expertise in thrombosis to physicians worldwide by providing a free consultation telephone service through an 800-number service.


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