The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marion A. Koerper, MD, as its medical advisor. Koerper practices pediatric oncology and hematology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where she is emerita professor of pediatric hematology.
In her new role, Koerper will provide medical expertise on issues related to treatment and standards of care for bleeding disorders as well as how NHF can better assist the hemophilia treatment center (HTC) network. She will also assist NHF staff in developing educational materials for consumers and providers. In addition, she will represent NHF at federal meetings related to the safety of the nation’s blood supply.
A graduate of Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, Koerper received her medical degree from UCSF in 1970. She has been a member of NHF’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC) since 1987 and vice chair since 2001. She is co-chair of NHF’s Blood Safety Working Group and its Publications Working Group. Previously, Koerper worked with NHF as a member of its Standards and Criteria Committee (1988–1994) and as chair of the Medical and Scientific Steering Committee (1994–1997).
Koerper served as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Universal Data Collection (UDC) Advisory Committee from 1998 to 2001 and is currently a member of the UDC Rare Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Subcommittee. Since 2010, she has chaired the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network’s Rare Bleeding and Clotting Disorder Subcommittee. Koerper has also served as medical advisor, president and board member for the Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California. She is still the chapter’s summer camp medical director, a role she has held since 1978.
“Dr. Koerper’s long involvement with the bleeding disorders community through both the chapters and the national organization shows her passion for and prominence in her field,” says NHF CEO Val D. Bias. “We’re looking forward to working with her.”