ASH international member and incoming IMC Chair Eduardo Rego, MD, PhD (University of São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina, São Paulo, Brazil) talks about the experience that inspired him to volunteer, and highlights why it’s important to get involved.

I did my postdoc fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and when I returned to Brazil in 2001, I began to see that there was a great gap between what I had learned in the United States and what I was practicing in Brazil. So I realized that there was a great need for training both from the colleagues in the US and Europe as well as within my own region, so that we could get better organized, establish hematology networks, and start to produce our own data. I recognized that ASH, though their international volunteer initiatives, provides such opportunities.

Volunteers can really help a lot. I think ASH is definitely the most active society in hematology worldwide, so people look to the Society for opportunities to learn and collaborate, in order to better provide for patients with hematologic malignancies. And I think all ASH members have an opportunity to share their expertise. This can be strictly related to hematology — diseases, treatments, and diagnosis — but volunteers can also provide input on issues such as building the structure of hematology services, and sharing ways in which they have solved various problems in their communities. These examples demonstrate the importance of being able to help others learn from your experiences, and in this way, ASH members can make a significant contribution.

Additionally, the reward that comes with volunteering is amazing. I think that with whatever time you’re able to dedicate to an initiative, you’re able to make a huge difference. And you can do so in a fairly small amount of time. In the end you can see how your opinions, your activities, and your example matters to individuals all over the globe.

— Eduardo Rego, MD, PhD, University of São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina, São Paulo, Brazil


International Members Committee

The International Members Committee (IMC) serves as a means through which leaders of hematology outside of North America can exchange ideas and provide advice to the Executive Committee on concerns about the Society’s scientific and educational programs. The committee also makes suggestions to the Nominating Committee about the various committees of the Society that may benefit from having international members serve as committee members, and makes recommendations for potential members. The IMC also oversees The International Outreach Initiative through which ASH distributes educational materials to developing countries, the Visitor Training Program, the International Consortium on Acute Leukemia, as well as ASH’s relationship with Health Volunteers Overseas. Learn more about the committee and its mandate at

ASH is grateful to the members of the International Members Committee for their service:

Miguel Raul Abboud, MD
Shashikant Apte, MD, FRCPA
Theresa Coetzer, PhD, Chair
Raul Gabus, MD
Arnold Ganser, MD
Torsten Haferlach, MD
Henrik Hasle, MD
Mats Heyman, MD, PhD
Joy Ho, MBBS, DPhil,
Chair – Metrics Subcommittee
Baba P.D. Inusa, MD
Dai-Hong Liu, MD
Julie Makani, MD, PhD, FRCP
Hideaki Nakajima, MD, PhD
Enrico Novelli, MD, MS
Panos Panagiotidis, MD, PhD
Eduardo Rego, Vice Chair
Radek Skoda, MD
Reinhard Stauder, MD, MSc
Eric Tse, MBBS, PhD, FRCP, FRCPath
Soledad Undurraga, MD


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