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, seeks to recognize and connect the next generation of physician-scientist leaders with the legacies of two of the ASCI’s most esteemed members, Drs. Donald W. Seldin and Lloyd H. “Holly” Smith.

The award honors outstanding early-stage physician-scientists who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and accomplishments in biomedical research. Nominations are reviewed by the Seldin~Smith Award Selection Committee and finalists by the Advisory Committee. The ASCI provides the recipient with an unrestricted grant of $30,000 to advance academic efforts. In addition, the recipient delivers a research talk at the AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting and receives mentoring from the members of the 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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