Gift of Life Award
Vijay Bhoj, M.D
Dr. Bhoj began his medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and, there, earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in 2010. He then moved to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) where he completed residency training in clinical pathology followed by fellowship training in transfusion medicine. Dr. Bhoj remains at HUP and serves as an attending physician on the transfusion medicine service where he is actively involved in treating patients through the clinical apheresis service and in managing the blood bank. When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Bhoj pursues his passion for research, which began almost 20 years ago. Trained as an immunologist, Dr. Bhoj continues in this field, now developing new therapies that harness the power of our immune system to combat diseases such as cancer and autoimmunity. A major focus of Dr. Bhoj’s work is centered on understanding how disease-causing antibodies are produced and maintained by B-cells and plasma cells, which are specialized types of immune cells. In parallel, he is developing new strategies to eliminate detrimental antibodies by directly targeting the responsible B-cells and plasma cells. Dr. Bhoj hopes that these efforts will ultimately provide more effective treatment for patients, who suffer from a variety of diseases caused by antibodies, including TTP.