Education and Professional Standing
BSc, McGill University, with Distinction1960
MD, McGill University, 1964
FRCPC, Internal Medicine, 1968
FRCPC, Hematology, 1970
Research and Clinical Focus
Dr. Blajchman qualified as a physician in 1964 at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His post-graduate training was in internal medicine at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and in hematology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, England. The latter was with the illustrious haematologist Sir John Dacie. Dr. Blajchman has been a member of the Faculty at McMaster University since 1970, where he is currently Emeritus Professor in both the Departments of Medicine and Pathology. He is also currently Medical Director of the Southern Ontario Centres (Hamilton and London) of Canadian Blood Services.
Most recently (September 2007) the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the United States appointed Dr. Blajchman as Chairman of the Transfusion Medicine and Hemostasis Clinical Trials Network (TMH CTN). The Network is comprised of seventeen clinical centres in the U.S. and a data coordinating centre. The goal of the TMH CTN is to design and perform multi-center clinical trials comparing management strategies of potential benefit for children and adults with hemostatic disorders and to evaluate novel and existing blood component therapies for the treatment of hematologic disorders. As Chairman of the Network, Dr. Blajchman will lead the TMH CTN Executive Committee and Steering Committee.
Dr. Blajchman remains active in research relating to various aspects of Transfusion Medicine and hemostasis including: the investigation of the hemostatic function of novel platelet products and substitutes; the study of immunomodulatory aspects of allogenic blood transfusions; the evaluation of the significance of bacteria in the blood supply; the investigation of transfusion requirements and alternatives to transfusion in critical care patients; and the exploration of structural-functional relationships of various clotting factors. Dr. Blajchman has published or has in press over 370 articles and book chapters relating to his academic interests in both Transfusion Medicine and hemostasis. He is the co-author or co-editor of three books relating to Transfusion Medicine issues. In 2002 Dr. Blajchman became the Section Editor for the Transfusion section of the hematology website known as BloodMed.com, coordinated by Blackwell Scientific Publishing. Finally, he is the founding and current editor of the journal Transfusion Medicine Reviews, which in January of 2009 began its twenty-third year of publication.
Dr. Blajchman in his more than 30-year career has received many awards and honours. These include: in 2003, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canadian Blood Services; in 2004, the Foundation Lectureship for the Royal College of Pathologists, London, England, and the Emily Cooley Award and Lectureship presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the AABB in Baltimore, Maryland.
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