Dr. Lusher is the Marion I. Barnhart Hemostasis Research Professor and Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She is also Codirector of the Division of Hematology /Oncology; Director of the Hemophilia, Hemostasis, and Thrombosis Program; and Medical Director of the Coagulation Laboratories at the Children's Hospital of Michigan.
Dr. Lusher received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, and completed her residency in pediatrics at the Charity Hospital of Louisiana in New Orleans. Following fellowship training in pediatric hematology /oncology at Tulane University, the Child Research Center of Michigan, and St. Louis Children's Hospital /Washington University Medical Center, she joined the faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Michigan.
Dr. Lusher has had a longstanding interest in hemophilia and other disorders of hemostasis. She has written numerous articles, books, and book chapters on hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, inhibitors against clotting factors, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, coagulation assay methodology, transfusion medicine, and splenic pathophysiology in various hematologic conditions. She has chaired (and often organized) international study groups and national and international symposia. Dr. Lusher has served as Chairman of the American Board of Pediatrics' Sub-Board on Hematology-Oncology and the American Society of Hematology's Scientific Subcommittee on Pediatrics, and on National Institutes of Health study sections. Currently, she is a member of the American Society of Hematology's Scientific Subcommittee on Thrombosis and Hemostasis.
From 1994 to 2000, Dr. Lusher served as Chairman of the National Hemophilia Foundation's (NHF's) Medical and Scientific Advisory Council and on the NHF's Board of Directors, the Blood Products Advisory Working Group, the Research Review Group, and the Women's Bleeding Disorders Working Group. She has also served in a leadership capacity with the World Federation of Hemophilia and the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), most recently as Chairman of the ISTH's Scientific and Standardization Committee, and the Scientific Committee for the 2001 ISTH Congress in Paris, France. Dr. Lusher currently serves on the Medical-Scientific Planning Committee for the World Federation of Hemophilia Congress 2002, to be held in Seville, Spain.
In 2001, Dr. Lusher was elected to lifetime membership in Wayne State University's prestigious Academy of Scholars, and was the first honoree of the National Hemophilia Foundation at a gala celebration in New York. She is also an Associate Editor of two journals and a member of the editorial board of four others.