Leukemia Association honors Bhushan

Dr. Vikas Bhushan, assistant professor of internal medicine-hematology at UT Southwestern, recently received a $300,000 young investigator grant from the Leukemia Association of North Central Texas.

His research involves the study of graft-versus-host disease in donor (allogenic) stem cell transplantation. The award will go to determine the safety and efficacy of a new treatment methodology that involves depleting the T-cell product in donors' T cells before infusion in leukemia patients in hopes of avoiding a harmful immune reaction.

He is also involved with developing innovative regimens to reduce toxicity and improve overall out comes of patients undergoing bone marrow transplants.

Dr. Bhushan received his medical degree from Christian Medical College, Vellore, University of Madras, India. He did his residency in internal medicine at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and completed his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

He has received several awards, including the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.