Daniel Weisdorf

Daniel Weisdorf Receives 2020 Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award


Daniel J. Weisdorf, MD, professor of Medicine and deputy director of the Clinical and Translational Institute, received the 2020 Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award by the Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation (TCMSF).

The Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award is given to a physician nominated by his colleagues and who, in the opinion of the members of the TCMSF selection committee, by reason of his/her professional contribution to medical research, achievement or leadership, has become the outstanding physician of this and other years. The award, a bowl, is named after Mr. Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers, an “aristocratic” gentleman who lived in the Minneapolis area for 37 years and was especially interested in the health and hospital needs of the city. Bolles-Rogers served on the (former) St. Barnabas Hospital Board of Trustees and was president of that board for many years.  Prior to his death he made provision for the Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award to be given annually to an outstanding physician.

Weisdorf received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital, followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Minnesota.  He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1978, achieving the rank of professor, with tenure, in the Department of Medicine. He served as the chief, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, where under his leadership the specialties of oncology, hematology and transplantation were combined into one division, the first such program in the country, even today, and continues to serve as the director of Clinical and Translational Research Services.  In addition, Weisdorf has served as the director of the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, the medical director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic at the University of Minnesota, and the program leader for the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program at the Masonic Cancer Center.

Daniel Weisdorf

A brilliant researcher and mentor, Weisdorf has published over 700 manuscripts and 24 book chapters, all on the topic of translational research on stem cell transplantation with a focus on graft versus host disease, where he is considered a world expert. Committed to sharing his expertise and advancing the field, Weisdorf is passionate about mentoring and career development of faculty and young physicians, passing along his high standards and scientific integrity for clinical research.

Weisdorf is also an esteemed clinician; warm, approachable, and his patients love him. His expertise is often sought by patients and referring physicians locally and worldwide seeking his management insight for hematologic malignancies.

Weisdorf’s leadership has been celebrated and respected with honors such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, where he also served as its president, and as a leader in the National Marrow Donor Program, and the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.

A colleague wrote, “Dan is one of the most talented physicians I know and his steadfast efforts have touched thousands of lives, made quality of life survival from cancer better and internationally impacted on standards of bone marrow transplant practices.”

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