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Bone Marrow Transplant Pioneer Karl Blume Dies

At the time of his death, Blume was recruiting patients for several clinical trials involving hematopoietic stem cells.

He was recruited to Stanford in 1987 from the City of Hope, a biomedical research, treatment and education institution in Southern California. He served as the director of Stanford's then-newly created Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation from 1987 until 2000 and as the associate chair for research in the Department of Medicine from 2000 until 2002. During that time he mentored many young physicians and researchers, some of whom went on to direct transplantation programs at other medical centers around the country.

In 2003 he assumed emeritus status at Stanford, after which he served as senior cancer research program advisor for the Stanford Cancer Institute until his death.

Blume also helped found the American Society for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation to promote research and clinical practice in the field. In 2006, he received that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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