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The J. Brooks Jackson Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine

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The J. Brooks Jackson Fellowship is an endowed fund established by the Department of Pathology in 2021 to honor J. Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., the former Baxley Professor and Director of the Department from 2001 to 2014. The income from the fund supports a fellow in the Division of Transfusion Medicine.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Jackson earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College. He received his medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine and his master’s degree in business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dr. Jackson completed his residency in clinical pathology and a fellowship in blood banking at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, before joining the laboratory medicine and pathology faculty at the University of Minnesota. He served as Director of Clinical Pathology at Case Western Reserve University from 1989 to 1996, when he joined the Johns Hopkins faculty as Deputy Director of Pathology for Clinical Affairs.

Dr. Jackson—an expert in HIV prevention, detection, and treatment—served as Interim Director of Pathology for a year before being named the eighth Baxley Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology and Pathologist-in-Chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2001. Under his leadership, the Department achieved and maintained a first-place ranking in funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), raised significant philanthropic support, and improved faculty diversity.

An internationally recognized researcher in HIV diagnostics, prevention, and treatment, Dr. Jackson and colleagues made significant advances in HIV prevention in developing countries and published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers about HIV prevention and treatment research conducted in the United States, Uganda, and China. Most importantly, his research spawned tremendous advances in reducing HIV transmission from mother to child. He led the NIH-funded International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network, where his work resulted in new drug development and a project to prevent neonatal HIV transmission. The method has saved thousands of infants from starting life with HIV infection.

In 2014, Dr. Jackson returned to the University of Minnesota, where he began his career, to serve as Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the medical school for three years. From 2017 to 2023, he served as Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Tyrone D. Artz Dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, where he continues to serve as Professor of Pathology.

If you would like to honor Dr. Brooks Jackson’s legacy at Johns Hopkins and his significant impact on the field of transfusion medicine, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution in his honor to the J. Brooks Jackson Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine through the Department of Pathology’s secure online giving form by clicking the button below.

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