Dr Leanne Berkahn named HSANZ President
Congratulations to Dr Leanne Berkahn, who has recently been named as the President of the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ).
Dr Berkahn currently heads the Lymphoma Service at Auckland Hospital and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology at the University of Auckland School of Medicine. After completing her clinical training at the University of Otago and prior to returning to New Zealand, Dr Berkahn served as a bone marrow transplant specialist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She provides regular expert commentary for New Zealand’s Lymphoma and Leukaemia Research Review, is heavily involved in research and is Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.
Having recently celebrated 30 years of ALLG membership, Dr Berkahn has been a key contributing member of the ALLG and has served in many leadership roles. She was elected to the ALLG’s Executive Leadership Committee, where she served from 2005 through 2010. In that time, she held the senior role of ALLG Group Secretary and assisted the ALLG in moving to its formalised business model. This work to establish a Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee has ensured a dedicated focus to scientific research and clinical trials that continues to this day. Currently, Dr Berkahn is currently involved in the ALLG Lymphoma Working Party as well as the Transplantation and Cell Therapies Working Party. We appreciate the tremendous contribution Dr Berkahn makes to shaping the direction of ALLG clinical trials and helping deliver novel therapies that have improved the lives of blood cancer patients.
From an organisational perspective, the ALLG and HSANZ collaborate within the Blood Cancer Forum Network and the National Blood Cancer Taskforce to deliver initiatives which support the blood cancer community across Australasia. With Dr Berkahn at the helm of the HSANZ, our groups will continue to strengthen their bond.