PEOPLE

Deborah Ann Sesok-Pizzini, MD

Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Vice-Chief, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Chief, Division of Transfusion Medicine and Director, Blood Bank, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Contact InformationChildren's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 590-0369
Fax: (215) 590-2171

Email: pizzini@email.chop.edu

Research Expertise

HLA antibodies and platelet refractoriness, regulatory/quality blood bank issues, patient safety, stem cell collection and storage.

Clinical Expertise

Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine, Pediatric Transfusion Medicine, Stem Cell Collection/Processing, HLA, Platelet Refractoriness, Therapeutic Apheresis, Transfusion Support for Solid-Organ Transplants.

Other Expertise

Quality Management/Operational Management

Education

Dickinson College, Moscow, USSR, 1988
BA (Biology), Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, 1989
(Medicine), UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden, Piscataway, NJ, 1992
MD Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, 1994
M.B.A. (Finance Concentration), MBA Program, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 2003

Specialty Certification

Diplomate, American Board of Pathology in Clinical Pathology, 1998
SEOPF Histocompatibility Specialist, 2000
Diplomate, American Board of Pathology in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, 2001

Postgraduate Training

Residency, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA, 1994-1998
Patient Oriented Research Fellowship Training Program, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA, 1997-1998
Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine Fellowship, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA, 1998-1999

Awards and Honors

Hackman Summer Research Scholar, 1988
The Russell Scholar Summer Study Award, 1988
Outstanding Students in Pathology, UMDNJ-RWJ, 1991-1992
Summer Research Fellowship Program, UMDNJ-RWJ, 1991
ASH Travel Award, American Society of Hematology, 1997
Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award, Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, 1997
American Association of Blood Banks, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Award, 1999
McCabe Pilot Project Award, 2003-2005
Beta Gamma Sigma, International Business Honor Society, 2004
Excellence, Innovation and Outstanding Leadership as Patient Safety Officer, Patient Safety Steering Committee, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania/Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania, 2004
Certificate of Recognition, for exceptional leadership, frequent blood donations and for being an active Blood Donor Committee Member, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2006
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Patient Safety Officer Executive Development Program Graduate Certificate, 2009
Selected, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Quality Improvement Committee Member to attend the Ninth National Quality Colloquium at Harvard University, 2010
Spirit of Excellence, Top Donor Group, Healthcare, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from The American Red Cross, 2010
Safe Keeper Certificate for time and dedication in training the CHOP Community in Safety Behaviors for Error Prevention, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2010
Certificate of Appreciation for contributions and efforts related to Our Journey Towards Becoming the Safest Children's Hospital, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2011
Certificate of Achievement for successful completion of LeadingSuccess Program, Perelman School of Medicine, 2012
Peter C Nowell Teaching Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 2015
Selected, Program for Chiefs of Clinical Services, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2015
Selected, CHOP Physician Leadership Program, 2015
Selected, Leadership Institute, American Society for Clinical Pathology, 2016-2017

Memberships and Professional Organizations

AABB Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide, 1998 - 2009
American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1998 - present
College of American Pathologists, 1998 - present
AABB Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide, 1998 - 2006
American Society of Clinical Pathology, 1998 - 2004
AABB Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide, 1998 - 2011
American Red Cross, 1999 - 2016
American Red Cross, 1999 - 2016
American Red Cross, 1999 - Present
American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, 1999 - 2006
American Red Cross, 1999 - 2012
American Red Cross, 1999 - 2005
American Red Cross, 1999 - Present
American Red Cross, 1999 - 2016
American Red Cross, 1999 - 2010
International Society for Cellular Therapy, 2001 - Present
American Society for Apheresis, 2003 - 2003
American College of Medical Quality, 2003 - 2004
NHLBI, 2003 - 2007
National Blood Foundation (NBF) Grant Review Committee, 2004 - 2005
NIH study section ZRGI HEME-D, Hematology Small Business, February 16, 2007., 2007 - 2008
AABB Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide, 2010 - 2016
AABB Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide, 2010 - present
AABB Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide, 2010 - 2015
Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (WBMT) Transplant Center and Recipient Standing Committee, 2011 - Present
American Red Cross, 2016 - present
NHLBI, Special Emphasis Panel for Transfusion Medicine, ZRG1 VH-D55 Panel, March 6-7., 2017 - Present

Selected Publications

Patient Safety Scenario-Based Approach to Communications Training in the Patient Safety Competency-Model

Sesok-Pizzini D, , 2005

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)in Healthcare

Sesok-Pizzini D and Disbot M, American Society of Clinical Pathologists Check Sample: Transfusion Medicine, 2006

Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura induced by cyclosporine A after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation treated by red blood cell exchange transfusion: a case report.

Gupta S, Tran N, Topolsky D, Sesok-Pizzini D, Crilley P, Balasubramanium M, Kahn SB, Brodsky I and Styler M., American Journal of Hematology 80(3): 246-247, 2005

Flow cytometric analysis of fetomaternal hemorrhage in the setting of sickle cell disease

Park J, Shelat SG, Crivaro A, Jespersen D, McCarthy T, Xiong Q, Sesok-Pizzini D, Moore J., Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 2005

Cellular Therapy

Sesok-Pizzini, D, Blood Transfusion Therapy, A Physician's Handbook, 8th Edition, 2004

College of American Pathologists Gallup Study Findings on Colon Cancer

Sesok-Pizzini, D, Radio Interview, 2005

Evaluation of platelet refractoriness at a large transfusion service.

Whitney-Miller C and Sesok-Pizzini D., Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 129(): 568-569, 2005

Bike Helmet Safety

Sesok-Pizzini, D, Radio Interview, 2005

Approaches to Managing Quality and Patient Safety

Sesok-Pizzini, DA, Quality Management in Clinical Laboratories, Promoting Patient Safety Through Risk Reduction and Continuous Improvement, 2005

Immunological Effects of ABO-Incompatible HPC Transplantation

Sesok-Pizzini, D, Cellular Therapy: A Physician's Handbook, 2004