Residency & Fellowship Programs: CP Rotations

Transfusion Medicine

Transfusion Medicine Services is comprised of the Immunohematology Laboratory and Blood Bank (Transfusion Service), the Stem Cell Processing and Cell Therapy Laboratory, and the Hemotherapy/Apheresis Unit. The transfusion service performs testing and supplies blood products in a timely manner to both inpatient and outpatient settings. This includes multiple ORs in the Milstein building, the Heart Center as well as CHONY. The Stem Cell Processing and Cell Therapy Laboratory processes and stores not only hematopoietic stem cells, but also parathyroid tissue and pancreatic islets. The Hemotherapy unit performs all types of exchange procedures including plasma exchange and RBC exchange as well as life saving depletion procedures such as leukopheresis and plateletpheresis. These integrated services work in close consultation with other sections of the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology (e.g. Renal Pathology, Immunogenetics, etc.) and with multiple clinical departments to provide the transfusion medicine support required to treat the complex medical problems seen in our patient populations.


Transfusion Medicine Services is located on the 4th floor of Harkness Pavilion.


Transfusion Medicine Director: Dr.Joseph Schwartz
Hemotherapy & Cellular Therapy Director: Dr.Joseph Schwartz
Special Hematology & Coagulation Director: Dr. Richard O. Francis
Clinical Laboratory Director: Dr. Steven L. Spitalnik


Blood Bank Manager: Robin Hussey, MP
Hemotherapy Center Manager: Hannah Stephens, RN
Stem Cell Laboratory Manager: Nita Patel
Quality Assurance Manager: Sylvia Parker-Jones, MP


Blood Bank Supervisor (day): Carin Campbell
Blood Bank Supervisor (evening shift): Martine Vaval
Blood Bank Supervisor (night): Linda Gilyard
Stem Cell Laboratory Supervisor: Shanlong Jiang

Clinical Nurses

Constance Siebenhoven
Giselle Parades-Ty
Deborah Mathias
Nilda Nolasco

Administrative Staff

Office Assistant: Dawn Lewis-Roberts
Patient Representative:

Recommended Rotation Length

4 months

Resident Responsibilites while on rotation

The resident's responsibilities are divided into two major areas: components and apheresis. An effort is made to have at least two residents (or a resident and a fellow) covering the service at all times so that the service can be split into components (pager #85838) and apheresis (pager #82754).

Component Resident Responsibilities

Apheresis Resident Responsibilities


The purpose of this site is to provide the resident with a resource for the transfusion medicine/blood bank rotation. Because of the unpredictable nature of the blood bank, instead of providing the resident with a set syllabus, the resident should read about each of the clinical entities as they are exposed to them on the rotation. By the end of the residency, the resident should have been exposed to most of the entities covered in this site. In addition, this site can be used as a helpful reference for situations that arise when the resident is on-call



Administration Contact

  • Ms. Casey Schadie
  • Coordinator, Residency Training Program
  • Department of
    Pathology & Cell Biology

    Columbia University College of
    Physicians & Surgeons

    630 W. 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032
  • Tel: 212 305-5697
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