(WASHINGTON)—The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the causes and treatment of blood disorders, announces Suzanne (Suzy) Leous as the new Director of Government Relations, Practice, and Scientific Affairs, effective July 2.
With more than 25 years of public policy experience and extensive work at ASH on policy and quality improvement programs, Ms. Leous brings a wealth of knowledge of the legislative process and clinical practice issues to her new role at ASH. She will primarily be responsible for working with Society volunteers, department directors, and the executive leadership to plan and implement Society activities related to the government affairs, practice, and scientific priorities as directed by the Society’s Executive Committee. She will represent the Society’s policy positions to Members of Congress, Federal Agencies, advocacy-related coalitions, and patient groups.
In addition to her most recent role focusing on clinical practice issues and implementing quality improvement programs as Senior Manager of Quality and Practice at ASH, Ms. Leous was the Manager of Public Affairs at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) for more than a decade. During her time at ASM, Ms. Leous focused on developing public and scientific policy on issues related to clinical laboratory practice, and responding to Federal legislation and regulations. Prior to ASM, Ms. Leous worked at the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services where she managed outreach with medical professional associations. Ms. Leous also analyzed policy and coordinated advocacy efforts for the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American Dental Education Association. Prior to this work, she was Legislative Assistant to former Congressman Thomas H. Andrews (ME).
“Suzy has played a key role in formulating ASH’s legislative strategy and crafting comments on numerous and wide-ranging legislative and regulatory matters of interest to hematologists—from scientific issues to practice and reimbursement,” said Martha Liggett, Esq., Executive Director of ASH. “Her ability to strengthen organizational relationships through outreach efforts is a special talent honed through her many years of experience in areas such as the Federal Government, the U.S. House of Representatives, and medical professional associations. ASH is fortunate to have such a uniquely talented leader guiding the Society’s Department of Government Relations, Practice, and Scientific Affairs.”
Ms. Leous holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Saint Michael's College and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. She is the Chair of the Membership Committee of the Coalition for Health Funding, and resides in Arlington, Virginia.
To arrange an interview with Ms. Leous, please contact Kaitlin Bressler, ASH Communications Associate, at 202-552-4925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. The official journal of ASH is Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online.
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