Transfusion Medicine


The Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program is supported by the Division of Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and is designed to offer the fellow exposure to all areas of clinical transfusion medicine and to provide opportunities for investigational (basic and translational) studies and enrollment in additional degree-granting programs (e.g. Masters in Translational Research).

The Blood Bank at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (a 789-bed facility) is clinically active in both adult and neonatal transfusion practices. The activities of the Division of Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology include a reference laboratory, compatibility testing, component preparation, histocompatibility testing, infectious diseases serology, hematopoietic stem cell processing for transplantation (peripheral blood, autologous and allogeneic bone marrow, umbilical cord blood), therapeutic hemapheresis including LDL-apheresis, therapeutic phlebotomy, intravenous medication (natural and recombinant) infusion service, an autologous and allogeneic blood donation center, and a cell and vaccine cGMP production facility.

Transfusion medicine is a multidisciplinary field and as such our program offers research opportunities in molecular and structural immunology, genetics, coagulation, stem cell biology, gene therapy, cellular engineering, and microbiology. The program is approved by Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education and supported by an NIH T32 Training Grant for Transfusion Medicine Research. Training in pediatric transfusion medicine and exposure to a large blood center facility are part of the training program and provided through The Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia and the American Red Cross-Penn/Jersey Division, respectively.


Candidates must be certified or eligible for certification by the American Board of Pathology or another major specialty board. They must also be licensed or eligible for Pennsylvania licensure.


Donald L. Siegel, MD, PhD
Nicole Aqui, MD
Stella Chou, MD (CHOP)
David Friedman, MD (CHOP)
Carl June, MD
Taku Kambayashi, MD, PhD
Haewon Kim, MD (CHOP)
Bruce Levine, PhD
Sandra Nance, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
Una O'Doherty, MD, PhD
Deborah Sesok-Pizzini, MD, MBA (CHOP)
Yongping Wang, MD, PhD (CHOP)
Constance Westhoff, PhD