Alexis Thompson, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of Hematology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), received the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Award for Leadership in Promoting Diversity. Dr. Thompson was honored for her exemplary leadership in addressing the healthcare needs of an underserved population and for mentoring trainees from communities historically underrepresented in hematology. She received the award on Dec. 12 at the ASH Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Dr. Thompson’s areas of clinical interest include the management of patients with sickle cell disease and other hemoglobinopathies, and she has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed publications, chapters, editorials and scientific abstracts. She has advocated for the inclusion of minority patients in clinical trials, both on national and international levels. According to ASH, “Dr. Thompson’s outstanding leadership and unwavering optimism continue to inspire those around her to improve the lives of individuals from minority groups living with blood disorders.”
In 2018, Dr. Thompson served as ASH president, and she has mentored trainees through the society’s Minority Medical Student Award Program for more than a decade. She was appointed as CHOP’s Chief of the Division of Hematology in January 2022.