On August 12, 2019, Shelby Lee Dietrich—a passionate hematologist and WFH volunteer—passed away at the age of 95. Her death is marked by the WFH, the many patients she cared for, and the bleeding disorders community as a whole.
Dietrich was a very active force in the community, and was involved in many notable projects. In the early 1960s, she established a hemophilia treatment center in Los Angeles, U.S.A. In the 1980s, Dietrich and the WFH opened the World Hemophilia AIDS Center (WHAC) in order to provide rapid access to vital information about AIDS—a disease which was just beginning to impact people with bleeding disorders.
A onetime member of the WFH Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and a WFH volunteer for years in the 1970s and 1980s, Dietrich was a founding member of WFH USA. She was also involved in the development of the WFH Decade Plan, an endeavour that was launched in 1992 in order to identify the critical issues and concerns affecting the global comprehensive care of people with bleeding disorders. Dietrich also published material on the treatment of bleeding disorders, including the paper “The Treatment of Hemophilia Bleeding with Limited Resources” a resource which is still used today and which is available on the WFH eLearning platform.
On behalf of the global bleeding disorders community, the WFH would like to express its deepest sympathies to all of Shelby Lee Dietrich’s family members, friends and colleagues.