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Hemostasis researcher passes away at age 72



George J. Broze Jr., MD, a former professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died following a heart attack on June 19, 2019, at the age of 72.

George J. Broze Jr., MD

Dr. George J. Broze Jr.

Dr. Broze was born in Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and a medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Broze completed his internship and residency at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Broze became a clinical fellow in hematology at Washington University in 1976 and began teaching there in 1979. Dr. Broze practiced at the Jewish Hospital, Barnes Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Dr. Broze’s research was focused on hemostasis and the relationship between coagulation and inflammation. He and his colleagues isolated and characterized tissue factor pathway inhibitor, uncovered a pathway for coagulation factor XI activation, and characterized the protein Z-dependent protease inhibitor serpinA10.

Dr. Broze is survived by his wife, two sons, and brother.

In happier news, Thomas J. Smith, MD, of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, has won the Walther Cancer Foundation Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Endowed Award and Lecture from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Thomas J. Smith, MD

Dr. Thomas J. Smith

The award is given to someone who “has made significant contributions to palliative care practice and research in oncology,” according to ASCO. Dr. Smith and his colleagues are known for their work showing that end-of-life palliative care can improve patient symptoms and quality of life while reducing the cost of care.

Dr. Smith will receive the award and deliver a keynote address at the 2019 Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, which is set to take place Oct. 25-26 in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, Asya Nina Varshavsky-Yanovsky, MD, PhD, has joined Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia as an assistant professor in the hematology and bone marrow transplant programs within the department of hematology/oncology.

Asya Varshavsky-Yanovsky, MD, PhD

Dr. Asya Nina Varshavsky-Yanovsky

Dr. Varshavsky-Yanovsky earned her MD and PhD from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. She joined Fox Chase Cancer Center/Temple University in 2016 for a 3-year fellowship in hematology/oncology.


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