Tony Blau is a native of Ohio and a graduate of West Carrollton High School. He began learning German in high school and developed his fluency as a Rotary exchange student to Germany. While at Wright State from 1978-82, Tony took all of our advanced German courses and completed a German major in addition to his pre-medical studies. He was also inducted into Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society, and graduated summa cum laude.
After leaving Wright State, he earned his M.D. degree at The Ohio State University and completed an internship and residency at Duke University. Since 1989, Tony has been at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he is currently professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology. He is author or co-author of seven book chapters, forty-two articles, and dozens of abstracts. His current research is focused on developing a new generation of cell-based therapies. Until recently, Tony was an active soccer player; he continues to enjoy swimming, biking, and racquetball. He and his wife, Sibel, an oncologist and president of a private practice, have four children: Benny, Manya, Elif, and Melisa.