The Donald Seldin~Holly Smith Award for Pioneering Research

The Donald Seldin~Holly Smith Award for Pioneering Research, initiated by the ASCI Council in 2014, connects the next generation of physician-scientist leaders with the legacies of two esteemed ASCI members, Drs. Donald W. Seldin and Lloyd H. “Holly” Smith Jr., whom we celebrate for both their scientific contributions and their dedicated mentorship of countless physician-scientists. The annual award, accompanied by an unrestricted $30,000 grant to advance academic efforts, honors an early-career physician-scientist who has demonstrated exceptional creativity and accomplishments in biomedical research. In addition, the recipient delivers a research talk at the Joint Meeting and receives mentoring from the members of the Award Selection and Advisory Committees.

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Award recipients

2017: Omar Abdel-Wahab, MD

Omar Abdel-Wahab, MD, is the recipient of the 2017 Donald Seldin~Holly Smith Award for Pioneering Research. Dr. Abdel-Wahab is an Assistant Member at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he serves as Co-Director of the Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship Program in the Department of Medicine.

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2016: Christian P. Schaaf, MD, PhD

Christian P. Schaaf, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the inaugural Donald Seldin~Holly Smith Award for Pioneering Research. Dr. Schaaf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and Investigator at the Texas Children’s Hospital’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.

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