ASBP: Dr. Macdonald is Recognized with ASBP Lifetime Achievement Award
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Dr. Macdonald is Recognized with ASBP Lifetime Achievement Award

By ASBP Communications
 Dr. Victor W. Macdonald, the 2018 Armed Services Blood Program Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Dr. Victor W. Macdonald, the 2018 Armed Services Blood Program Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) recently announced the honoree of its annual Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Victor W. Macdonald. Macdonald is recognized for helping transform the military blood program through his distinguished research and development career.

“I am very pleased to recognize Dr. Macdonald with this honor,” said Army Col. Audra Taylor, ASBP division chief. “His contributions to military medicine have truly shaped our program and helped save the lives of countless service members worldwide.”

Macdonald was born and raised just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. in biology from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in physiology from Duke University. Originally trained as a neuroscientist, Macdonald refocused his research interests on blood, blood components and their effects on medical pathologies as a research associate at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Since joining the research staff in the division of hematology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in 1984, he has spent the last 34 years conducting blood research at WRAIR and Letterman Army Institute of Research (LAIR) with the goal of providing new products that increase the survival of wounded soldiers on the battlefield.

During his years of work, Macdonald served as part of teams that produced significant military health advancements and improvements. He acted as a lead researcher in the effort to develop a hemoglobin-based blood substitute and determine its viability as a product for deployment. He was also a leader on the team that developed the Golden Hour Container (GHC) - a thermal container created to safely transport and preserve blood components through extreme conditions on the battlefield. The GHC received an Army’s Greatest Inventions Award in 2003 and is in worldwide use today in military and civilian sectors.

Today, he is a member of the team that brought extended shelf-life red blood cells to FDA approval in 2012 and is leading an effort to bring frozen platelets through advanced development and FDA approval. He is intimately involved in developing freeze-dried plasma (FDP) for the battlefield, including arranging to supply US South Command (SOCOM) with FDP from the French military until a U.S. source is approved. His involvement spans military commands and civilian federal research departments.

Macdonald has numerous publications and has held two adjunct faculty appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and George Washington University. He has also made multiple oral presentations at national and international conferences and meetings and trained countless Blood Bank Fellows as a faculty member in the Specialist in Blood Banking program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Throughout his career with the Army, Dr. Macdonald supported a vast array of research and development programs and continues to do so today, serving on multiple integrated product teams and providing advanced development representation to various combat casualty care advisory and review committees. He retired in 2017 from civil service but continues to support U.S. Army Medical Material Development Activity (USAMMDA) as a contractor.

“Dr. Macdonald’s efforts reflect a lifetime of dedicated service to the warfighter in all aspects of blood support. He is most deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award,” Taylor said. “He has continuously demonstrated innovation, dedication and extraordinary service to the ASBP. We as a program are forever grateful.”

Macdonald will be presented with the ASBP Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 13 during the ASBP session at the 2018 AABB annual meeting, held in Boston, Massachusetts.

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

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