This award is presented to commemorate the names of the Founders of CBBS.
John R. Upton, M.D. gave birth to the idea of a statewide system of blood banks by suggesting it as early as 1943. He was chairman of the California Medical Association Commission on Blood Banks from 1948 – 1958; he was the first President of CBBS from 1953 – 1958; he was instrumental in the formation of several of the blood banks that became Institutional Members.
Bernice Hemphill, a licensed Bio-Analyst, acted as the Administrative Assistant to the California Medical Association Commission of Blood Banks at its inception in 1948. Mrs. Hemphill was Secretary of the CBBS from 1953 – 1956 and promoted the Clearinghouse Program of CBBS, which was transferred to the Pacific District of the American Association of Blood Banks in 1956. She devoted her life to blood banking in the administration of the Irwin Memorial Blood Centers and in service to CBBS, to the National Clearinghouse System and to the American Association of Blood Banks.
The 2012 award will be presented Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm.
List of previous recipients
Wesley (Tait) Steven, MD Is being honored as the 2012 recipient
of the Upton-Hemphill Award
Tait Stevens attended his first CBBS Meeting in 2002 as a pathology resident. During fellowship, Eileen Selogie and Dr. Ira Shulman convinced him to join the CBBS Web/e-Network Forum team as Associate Editor and Assistant Webmaster. He has been active with the e-Network Forum team since, helping edit network forum discussions and helping search for additional forum editors. In 2011, Dr. Shulman and Dr. Stevens represented CBBS in working with AABB to publish a Blood Banking Q&A book. The year 2012 is Dr. Stevens' third year as Web/e-Network Forum Committee chair.
Dr. Stevens completed his Clinical Pathology Residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and his Fellowship in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. He joined the faculty at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 2006, where he is now the Chief of Section, Transfusion Medicine, and the Clinical Consultant, Histocompatibility.
Dr. Stevens is active with AABB, having been the Information Systems Committee Chair and on the Blood Bank/Transfusion Services Standards Program Unit as well as the AABB Biovigilance Working Group. He is also active with The American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics as a member of the ASHI Web Committee.