Rein Saral, MD, Senior Associate Director of Emory Winship Cancer Institute and Associate Medical Director of Emory Hospitals, will be awarded an honorary degree by Grinnell College, in Iowa. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Science on Monday, May 23rd, at the 2005 Exercises of Commencement at Grinnell, which will feature a commencement speech by Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF.
A 1965 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College, where he was captain of the football team, Dr. Saral earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1969 and completed a residency in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then completed a three-year research program with the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolic, and Digestive Diseases, National Institutes of Health, before returning to Hopkins in 1974, eventually becoming Clinical Director of Hopkins' bone marrow transplantation program.
After arriving at Emory in 1991 to direct Emory's bone marrow transplant program, he quickly developed it into the largest in the Southeast. He was elected director of The Emory Clinic in 1993, and in 2004 he was appointed Senior Associate Director of Emory Winship Cancer Institute and Associate Medical Director of Emory Hospitals.
Dr. Saral has published extensively and his work is cited often in oncology research publications. He is credited with vastly improving the outcomes of allogeneic transplant and is directly responsible for increased survival of leukemia patients. Dr. Saral was also the first physician to use bone marrow transplantation as a possible treatment for AIDS-related malignancies, and he was among the first to use it in treatment of sickle cell anemia and other inherited blood disorders.
At Winship, Dr. Saral has been helping to develop its interdisciplinary inpatient and outpatient care programs as Winship moves toward its goal of becoming Georgia's first National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center.
"I am delighted and truly honored to receive such a prestigious award from my alma mater, says Dr. Saral of his honorary degree. "I am greatly indebted to Grinnell College, an extraordinary academic institution where I benefited from the caring environment and the rigorous intellectual challenge.