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Kulkarni named leader in hematology

Roshni Kulkarni, MD, an emeritus professor of pediatrics and human development, has been named one of 11 “Women Leaders in Hematology” by the American Journal of Hematology.

Kulkarni, director of the College of Human Medicine’s Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders, was nominated for the honor by her peers, who described her as a role model for young women interested in studying and treating blood diseases.

An editorial in the journal described Kulkarni as a “true believer in equal access to healthcare, regardless of gender or geographic location” and “an advocate for raising global awareness of women, adolescents, and babies with bleeding disorders.”

Kulkarni co-founded the Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders, and she served as a division director and later as distinguished hematology consultant at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Blood Disorders.

“Dr. Kulkarni is known in the hemostasis/thrombosis community as a strong clinician, a superb mentor, an excellent researcher, and, above all, a fierce advocate for her patients,” wrote Madhvi Rajpurkar, MD, chief of the Division of Hematology and director of the Pediatric Thrombosis Program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

 “With her unfailing and infectious enthusiasm, she has often motivated me to do more and be more!” wrote, Rajpurkar, who interviewed Kulkarni for the journal article. “I have learned the art of lateral thinking from her, and I feel extremely privileged to be mentored by her.”

Kulkarni said her “advice to women in medicine is to continue to seriously pursue their academic career goals. We have come a long way and continue to progress.”

She added: “Women in medicine should be role models for future generations and spokeswomen nationally and internationally for issues concerning women, minorities, and disenfranchised people.”