Since 2003, the IMF has honored an outstanding physician each year with the Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, named for its first recipient, is presented to an individual whose body of work in the field of multiple myeloma has made significant advances in research, treatment, and care of myeloma patients.

Our honorees’ work reflects the words of Dr. William Mayo, founder of Mayo Clinic, who challenged the nature of patient care nearly a century ago when he said “The needs of the patient are the only needs to be considered.”

2020 Awardee:

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Thierry Facon, MD

This year’s award recipient, Dr. Thierry Facon, is Professor of Hematology in the Department of Hematology, Lille University Hospital, Lille, France, and is also an honorary professor at the Institute of Hematology & Blood Diseases Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College, China. 

“I would like to thank Dr. Bob Kyle and the selection committee for this great honor. The Kyle Award means a lot to all of us in the myeloma community,” said Dr. Facon.


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