The 2009 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology was presented to past ASH President H. Franklin Bunn, MD, of the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, for his leadership in advancing the field of hematology and hematology research for more than 40 years. He has made numerous insightful contributions to the understanding of red cell structure and function, including the identification of the relationship of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels and the effectiveness of therapy for diabetes mellitus. Throughout his career, Dr. Bunn's research has represented only a part of his commitment to the field. He has served on many National Institutes of Health advisory groups and councils and as an Associate Editor of Blood, a reviewer and editor of publications about hemoglobin and hemoglobin disorders, and an author of two textbooks. Most importantly, he has been an inspiring teacher of hematology to medical students, and a masterful mentor of fellows and junior faculty.
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