Giants of Cancer Care® Program Inductees


Clara D. Bloomfield, MD

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Clara D. Bloomfield, MD, is a Distinguished University Professor, the William G. Pace III Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, and cancer scholar and senior advisor at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Early research focused on the study of chromosome abnormalities in cancers of the hematopoietic system
  • Key contributor in discovering the Philadelphia chromosome in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and in describing the rearrangement of chromosome 16q22 in acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Recent research focusing on molecular changes that occur in adults with AML
  • Among the first to prove that elderly patients with AML, long believed to be fatal, could be cured through chemotherapy
  • Demonstrated that patients with certain types of leukemia required stem cell transplantation for cure, while others could be treated successfully without undergoing such intense intervention
  • Assumed the directorship of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1997, the third woman to lead a National Cancer Institute—designated center
  • Advanced the role of women in medicine through her active mentorship, by serving as a role model, and through enhancing university policy guidelines on equal employment and other issues for women faculty
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