2021 ASH News Daily Editorial Board
Dr. Naseema Gangat (@n_gangat), Editor of the 2021 ASH News Daily, is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She specializes in adult hematology and has a special interest in myeloproliferative neoplasms, myelodysplastic syndromes, and acute leukemia. She received her medical degree at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, the city that also happens to be her hometown. She moved to the United States to pursue an internal medicine residency followed by hematology/oncology fellowship training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Dr. Gangat first got involved with ASH News Daily in 2018 as an Author. If the Burberry reference wasn’t a hint, Dr. Gangat is a proud “fashion-enthusiast” and regular attendee at London Fashion Week as well as Beverly Hills (Rodeo Drive) runway events — occasions known for being almost as exhilarating as the ASH annual meeting.
Dr. Aaron Goodman (@AaronGoodman33) is an associate professor in the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Moores Cancer Center, San Diego. His specialties include bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapies, and his clinical/research interests are rare diseases, Castleman disease, and T-cell lymphomas. Dr. Goodman hails from Chicago and attended University of Illinois for undergrad, Emory for medical school, Washington University for residency, and UCSD for hematology-oncology fellowship. Dr. Goodman also offered insight into his life outside hematology. “I play in a rock band and have played guitar since age six,” he said.
Dr. Elizabeth Brem (@DrLizBrem) is an assistant professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. She specializes in lymphomas (B- and T-cell, Hodgkin lymphoma), chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and multiple myeloma. She attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, and did her residency and fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston. She currently lives in Huntington Beach, California. Dr. Brem is a prolific ASH volunteer. Prior to joining ASH News Daily, she served as an associate editor for ASH Clinical News and has also been a member of the ASH Trainee Council and Committee on Communications. She looks forward to her next adventure in 2022 as a member of the ASH Publications Committee. In addition to a wealth of knowledge about ASH, Dr. Brem contributes some deep-rooted journalistic chops. “In high school, I wrote for the kid’s section of the local paper, The Buffalo News,” she shared. “I still have a ‘Reporters Notebook’ that they gave me!”
Dr. Natasha Szuber (@NatashaSzuber) is a hematologist-oncologist at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, specializing in myeloid disorders, particularly myeloproliferative neoplasms, and has further interests in clonal hematopoiesis and iron metabolism. She received her MSc at McGill University in Montreal, her MD at University of Montreal, and did her Advanced Hematology Myeloid Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Szuber remarked that she was “born, raised, an d currently still residing in Montreal...It’s a beautiful, vibrant city if you can look past the orange construction cones and innumerable potholes!” While Dr. Szuber is “relatively new” to the ASH family, she is looking forward to collaborating further in coming years and was just selected to participate in the ASH Clinical Research Training Institute this year. Fun fact: Dr. Szuber enjoyed a “past life as an aspiring rock n’ roll star, recorded three albums, and toured with my band across Canada before finally surrendering to the call to med school.”
Dr. Patrick Ellsworth (@PEllsworthMD) is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in adult and pediatric hematology with interests
in nonmalignant hematology, especially sickle cell disease and bleeding disorders. His research interest lies in the interaction of endothelium with blood cells via coagulation proteins. Dr. Ellsworth hails from lovely Salmon, Idaho, and currently calls Cary, North Carolina, part of the famous Research Triangle, his home. Outside of his rigorous efforts to treat patients with nonmalignant blood diseases, Dr. Ellsworth enjoys hanging out with his wife and four children.
Dr. Tania Jain (@TaniaJain11) is an assistant professor and director of the Adult CAR T Program at Johns Hopkins University. Her academic interest is in cellular therapy, bone marrow transplantation, and myeloproliferative neoplasms including overlap with myelodysplastic syndromes. She is a graduate of Government Medical College, Patiala (Punjab), India, where she received her medical degree, before going on to a residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, and fellowships at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for bone marrow transplantation. Dr. Jain grew up in Chandigarh, India, and has since been, in her words, “nomadic … our current residence in Baltimore is what we call home now.” She is a longtime enthusiastic attendee of the ASH annual meeting since second year of fellowship (no breaks) as well as speaker at Highlights of ASH® in North America in 2020. Prior to travel restrictions, Dr. Jain enjoys chipping away at some very specific and ambitious travel goals with her husband. “Our travel adventures of late revolved around visiting the four (north, south, east, and west) extreme points of the United States. We have thus far been to Point Barrow in Alaska (northernmost), Point Buoy in Key West, Florida (southernmost for the continental United States), and almost to (less than 10 miles away from) Ka Lae (South Cape) in Hawaii, which is southernmost for the US overall,” she explained. “This got interrupted with COVID, but we are excited to get back to our travel adventures.” Fingers crossed, and happy trails, Dr. Jain!
Dr. Ah-Reum (Autumn) Jeong (@AutumnJeong) is a hematology/oncology fellow at Moores Cancer Center, University of California San Diego, in La Jolla, with a clinical/research interest is in lymphoma. She studied at Cornell University for undergraduate, and received her MD at University of Southern California, where she also did her internal medicine residency. She hails from Los Angeles and played lacrosse in high school. Dr. Jeong joins Dr. Goodman this year as a Junior Author.
Dr. Amanda Blackmon (@mlblack1_b) is currently doing a bone marrow transplant and cellular therapy fellowship at City of Hope National Medical Center and is former chief fellow at University of California, Irvine. She attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed her internal medicine residency at Pennsylvania Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Blackmon grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband and one-year-old daughter. Of the editorial board, she is perhaps the most expert at navigating LA County. “I have lived in three cities in LA in the past three years and have enjoyed the different vibe to each city.” Dr. Blackmon joins Dr. Brem this year as a Junior Author.