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2019 Award Winners

Blum Award

The 2019 recipient of the Blum Award is Dr. Lani Lieberman. 

Lani Lieberman is a Pediatric hematologist and transfusion medicine physician. She works as one of the Medical Directors at the University Health Network Hospital, a hospital with the largest stem cell, solid organ transplant and sickle cell program in Canada. She is an assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lieberman continues to the see children with hematologic problems and has maintained a strong interest in medical education. Her areas of research focus on perinatal and obstetrical transfusion.

Lani is the Chairperson of the CSTM Canadian Obstetric and Pediatric Transfusion Network (COPTN) committee. 

Congratulations Lani and Thank You!


Ortho Award

This year, the Ortho Award is posthumously awarded to Dr. David Pi.

Dr. David Pi graduated from medical school at the University of Hong Kong in 1980. He was certified as a hematopathologist in 1988 and went on to become the Medical Director at the Canadian Red Cross, Vancouver Centre. Following his time at Canadian Red Cross, he movedon to a position as Hematopathologist at St. Paul’s Hospital.

David saw the need for a more cohesive approach to transfusion medicine in British Columbia and in 1997 he founded the BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office (PBCO). His innovative ideas and creative thinking were the foundation of the PBCO, which he led as the Director for over 10 years.

Early on he adopted a proactive approach to the use of information technology. During his time as Director he led the development of the Central Transfusion Registry (CTR). This registry which contains extensive recipient transfusion records for the purposes of quality improvement and utilization management was the first of its kind in North America, and remains the largest of its kind. Arguably, he envisioned "big data" research long before its current prominence in the field.

This year, 2019, marks the 20th anniversary of David’s creation of the CTR. The CTR provided data which was instrumental to many of the projects and programs that David initiated. Many of these programs have since been adopted and mimicked in other jurisdictions. David was passionate about quality management and led the development of the Transfusion Quality Program (TraQ) and the formation of a CSA Compliance project that standardized Transfusion Medicine quality systems in British Columbia. His passion for inventory management led him to adopt data-driven operational management theory used in modern supply chains to the blood bank, long dominated by gestalt-based ordering.

In 2008 David moved on to a Hematopathologist position at Vancouver General Hospital. There he focused on his passion for blood inventory management and led many successful projects in driving through health system changes in the clinical laboratory and blood supply service sectors.

Those who have worked with Dr. Pi over the years can attest to his creativity, innovation, energy and passion. He has had a profound impact on Transfusion Medicine practice in British Columbia, and across the country. David participated and chaired many National committees and working group. He was a founding member of the National Blood Safety Council and the inaugural chair of the National Technical Working Group on Blood and Blood Products - currently known as the National Advisory Committee.

In 2017 David received the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine David Hardwick Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, David was proud to have his final paper published by the International Society of Blood Transfusion Science Series. David was honoured to have been selected as the CSTM 2019 Ortho Award recipient.

Sadly, David passed away on April 30 of this year. His lifelong dedication to healthcare and improving transfusion medicine in this country will be remembered forever. He was a visionary thinker who did extraordinary things for Transfusion Medicine in Canada. He was a mentor, champion, colleague and friend to many. He will be sadly missed and never forgotten.

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike (Smartbrief for Healthcare Leaders, April 30, 2019)


Buchanan Award

This year, the Buchanan Award recipient, selected by conference Scientific Committee, is Julie Hendry.

Julie Hendry is a graduate of the SAIT MLT program and the University of British Columbia’s
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science program. Julie has spent the majority of her lab medicine
career working in Transfusion Medicine in a variety of facilities and roles including bench technologist, technical specialist, supervisor and manager. She is currently the Manager for the Area A Patient Service Centers for Alberta Public Laboratories and continues to be an active volunteer for the CSTM.

She has served on the Board of Directors for the CSTM (Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine) since 2011 and provides administrative support for the Canadian Obstetrics and Pediatric Transfusion Network. Her current project for the CSTM is the development of the Standing Committees and set up of the software for the CSTM annual conference management.

She enjoys the challenges of unusual serological cases, mentoring and developing staff, a good project implementation and the ever-changing world that is Laboratory Medicine.

Congratulations Julie!