Rein Saral, MD

Professor Emeritus, Hematology & Medical Oncology

Emory University School of Medicine


Rein Saral, MD arrived at Emory in 1991 to lead the Bone Marrow Transplant Center with the aim of increasing the number of transplants the unit was performing and to expand research in transplantation to improve the procedure and its outcomes. Under his leadership, the center implemented advanced clinical practices that resulted in better survival rates and reduction of side effects from transplantation. He also served as director of The Emory Clinic.

Dr. Saral's major accomplishments include being the first physician to use bone marrow transplantation in the treatment of AIDS-related malignancies and among the first to use it in the treatment of sickle cell anemia and other inherited blood disorders; and being the first to demonstrate effectiveness of a safe antiviral (acyclovir) therapy against herpesviruses in transplant patients. Dr. Saral headed the National Institutes of Health Bone Marrow Transplant Study Section to determine appropriate use of bone marrow transplantation in the treatment of human disease.

Dr. Saral completed his Medical Degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.