Babette Barbash Weksler, M.D.
Having been associated with Weill Cornell Medical College in the Division of Hematology and Oncology for over 41 years,I have been able to combine broad clinical interests in hemostasis, thrombosis, immune-based hematologic disorders and anemias with basic research supported by the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association into platelet and endothelialbiology.
During this long tenure I have had the opportunity of participating actively in the American Society of Hematology not only as a member but also as Chairman of the ASH Education Committee and as a member of the ASH Advisory Board; in the American Heart Association as member of the Thrombosis Council, and as Chairman of the Eastern Section of the American Federation of Clinical Research and President of the New York Blood Club, as well as being elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and serving on the editorial boards of many scientific journals. I have published over 150 research papers, reviews and chapters. Among my proudest accomplishments has been collaboration with French colleagues at the Institut Pasteur and Institut Cochin in Paris in the development of immortal lines of human endothelial cells that are being used in more than one hundred laboratories worldwide for research into the blood brain barrier.
A graduate of Swarthmore College (Highest Honors, 1958) and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeone (AOA, 1963), Dr. Weksler trained in internal medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital before specializing in Hematology at New York Hospital and joining the faculty at Cornell Medical College where she became full Professor of Medicine in 1981 with an active research program for over 35 years first in platelet biology and later in endothelial cell biology as well as clinical practice of hematology. She has held numerous positions on Councils of the American Heart Association and in the American Society of Hematology, where she chaired the Education Committee for five years and served on the Advisory Board of ASH.
Her clinical interests range widely in the field of hematology with special focus on diseases of platelets, bleeding and thrombotic disorders, sickle cell anemia and immunologically mediated blood disorders.