The American Red Cross today announced the appointment of Dr. A. Kyle Mack, MD, to the organization’s Board of Directors for the Chicago & Northern Illinois region. Dr. Mack is an attending in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
“Dr. Mack’s years of experience as a medical professional and advocate for blood services adds a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Fran Edwardson, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “He is a great addition to our leadership team that serves the community through our humanitarian services and programs.”
As an advocate for transfusions for sickle cell patients at Lurie Children’s, Dr. Mack was honored as the 2014 recipient of the Blood Services Hero Award presented by the American Red Cross. Dr. Mack and his colleagues started the Blue Tie Tag Program which treats predominately African American patients with sickle cell disease who are in need of constant blood transfusions. With high demand and limited sources, Dr. Mack reached out to local businesses, faith-based institutions and schools to host blood drives in ethnic and minority communities to match donors with the same blood type as his young patients.
“True heroes are those who make a constant effort to roll up a sleeve, donate blood and save lives. I’m proud to be part of an organization that reaches so many people of all ages,” said Dr. Mack. “The American Red Cross is the nation’s largest blood collection organization, supplying approximately 40 percent of the blood and blood products used in our country.”
Dr. Mack received his medical degree and completed his residency from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed fellowship training in the Division of Hematology at The Johns Hopkins University of Medicine from 2002 to 2006. He joined Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in 2006.
He is also Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and is involved in a number of research studies on thalassemia and sickle cell.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago leads a regional grouping in Illinois and Northwest Indiana that serves more than 9.6 million people. Follow us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross. For more information: redcross.org.