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The Paul M. Ness Transfusion Medicine Fund

Support a Fellow in Transfusion Medicine

The Paul M. Ness Transfusion Medicine Fund is an endowed fund established in 2012 to honor Paul M. Ness, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Pathology, Medicine and Oncology, and the former Director of the Division of Transfusion Medicine in the Department of Pathology. The income from the fund supports a fellow in the Division of Transfusion Medicine.

Dr. Ness earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then received his medical degree and completed his internship at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before embarking on residency, Dr. Ness worked as a staff associate in the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He first came to Johns Hopkins in 1974 as a resident in the Department of Medicine. After completing his residency, as well as post-doctoral fellowships in medicine at Johns Hopkins and in hematology and oncology at the NIH and the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Ness joined the Hopkins faculty in 1979 in the Departments of Pathology, Medicine, and Oncology.

Dr. Ness became a luminary at Johns Hopkins and is internationally recognized in the field of transfusion medicine. He served as Director of the Division of Transfusion Medicine for 38 years and led the Chesapeake Region American Red Cross for 15 years during the height of the HIV epidemic. During his remarkable career, Dr. Ness participated in a number of seminal NIH-funded studies assessing the initial risk of transfusion-transmitted HIV and hepatitis in the United States, Asia, and Africa; served as editor of the journal Transfusion; and was President of the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies. He retired in 2022.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Ness has inspired others through his dedication and commitment to excellence in medical education, research, and clinical care.

If you would like to honor Dr. Ness’s legacy, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution in his honor to the Paul M. Ness Transfusion Medicine Fund through the Department of Pathology's secure online giving form by clicking the button below.

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