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Memorial Lectures

The SCABB awards and lectureship program is an important part of the Association and the Annual Meeting.

Karen Williams Memorial Lectureship

Karen Williams







2015 KAREN WILLIAMS MEMORIAL LECTURER TownsendM - Karen Williams Memorial Lecture

Mary Townsend, MD
Senior Medical Director, Blood Systems

Dr. Townsend serves as the Senior Medical Director, Corporate at Blood Systems in Scottsdale. Prior to joining BSI in September 2010, she served as the Vice President of Coffee Memorial Blood Center in Amarillo Texas for 22 years, where she is on clinical faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine of Texas Tech University Medical School. Born in Nocona Texas, Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and her master’s degree in Physical Chemistry prior to attending medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency in Clinical Pathology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Mary has spent her career focusing on the care and feeding of donors, for whom she has an abiding passion. She was an inaugural member of the AABB Task Force to redesign the uniform donor questionnaire, serving as its second chair. She chaired both the America’s Blood Centers’ Scientific, Medical, Technical and Quality committee and the ABC Donor Adverse Event committee. The latter group developed donor adverse event definitions which were eventually adopted by the AABB Donor Biovigilance Working Group, of which she has been a member since its inception. Finally she was asked to serve on the AABB Young Donor Reaction Working Group tasked with developing recommendations for reduction in adverse reactions among high school and college students.

John Moulds Memorial Lectureship