Jorge A. Di Paola, MD
Year elected: 2012
Current membership category: Active
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Campus Box 8208
660 South Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
United States of America
Phone: 314 273 3940
Facsimile: 303 286 2894
Dr. Di Paola is a Tenured Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis. He was a tenured Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was the Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program and held the Postle Family Chair in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders. Dr. Di Paola’s research focuses on the genetics of bleeding and thrombotic disorders and mechanisms of platelet activation including signaling pathways that contribute to the procoagulant response in platelets, novel roles for platelet mitochondria and the genetic variation of platelet receptors. His laboratory has found disease causing genes for thrombocytopenia as well as a cancer predisposition syndrome. Specifically that mutations in NBEAL2 cause the elusive Gray Platelet Syndrome and that mutations in ETV6 cause thrombocytopenia and predisposition to leukemia. These discoveries have set the stage for potential new therapies.
He is a past President of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society and the Chair of the 2016 Gordon Research Conference in Hemostasis. He has been a permanent member of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Hemostasis and Thrombosis Study Section and he is the immediate Past Chair Chair of the von Willebrand factor scientific subcommittee of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) and is an elected member of the ISTH Council class of 2024. He was the Co-Chair of the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in 2016, and in 2018 was elected Vice President of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (ASPHO) to become President in 2020.
Dr. Di Paola has trained more than 20 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. His awards include the Frank Oski Memorial Lectureship Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, the Arthur Thompson inagural lectureship for the University of Washington and the Ralph Gruppo Inagural Lecturship at Children's Hospital Cincinnati. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Rare Diseases and Blood. Dr. Di Paola is an elected member of the ATVB Council of the American Heart Association, of the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.