The legacy of Charles R. Drew, MD, CM, MDSC

B. A. Wilson, W. G. O'Connor, M. S. Willis

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April 2011 marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the American Red Cross Blood Services (ARCBS). In this report, we present a biography of Dr. Charles Drew, the first medical director of the ARCBS. Although many may recognize Dr. Charles Drew for this position, the research and training that led him to be uniquely qualified to take this position may not be as well known. We present his professional training, his research on blood preservation and distribution, and his service to the larger medical community and country. Lastly, we address the many myths that have arisen over the years since his untimely death at the age of 45 on April 1, 1950, and present the legacy of Dr. Charles Drew that has largely been unknown to the greater medical and scientific community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-100
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Hematology

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    Wilson, B. A., O'Connor, W. G., & Willis, M. S. (2011). The legacy of Charles R. Drew, MD, CM, MDSC. Immunohematology, 27(3), 94-100.