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April 25 - 28, 2018
Renaissance Phoenix Glendale


Joe Ayer, MBA
Manager of Donor Recruitment and Hospital Services, BloodSource
For the last nine years, Joe Ayer has served as the Manager of Recruitment and Regional Director of the Northern Regions and a corporate Project Manager for BloodSource. Previously Joe held positions throughout California with the American Red Cross. Mr. Ayer is a graduate of Chapman University with a BA in Organizational Leadership and an MBA from Brandman University. He holds a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising from California State University, Long Beach and is a Leadership Fellow of the Sierra Health Foundation Health Leadership Program. In his free time, Joe teaches graduate courses at Brandman University in organizational leadership and nonprofit studies. Joe also serves on many nonprofit and government boards and commissions. When Joe is not trying to figure out how to handle his farm of four acres, he and his wife Kara spend time with their four kids and regularly open their home to foster children in need.
Richard Benjamin MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer​, Cerus Corp
Dr Benjamin is a Professor of Pathology (Adjunct) at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. and a Board Member for the International Society of Blood Transfusion. He serves as the industry representative on the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability. Appointed as Chief Medical Officer at Cerus Corporation in July 2015, Dr Benjamin is responsible for Clinical Development and Medical Affairs. He received his medical training in Cape Town, South Africa, pathology training at the Brigham and Women’s’ Hospital in Boston, a masters degree in Healthcare Management from Harvard School of Public Health, read for a Ph.D. in Immunology at Cambridge University in England and performed post-doctoral research at Stanford University, CA.
Mary Berg, MD
Medical Director, Transfusion Services, Unversity of Colorado
BS from UW-Milwaukee; MD from Medical College of WI Residency & Fellowship at Case Western Reserve Currently, medical director of transfusion services, perioperative blood salvage, and BMT Apheresis Services for University of Colorado Hospital Professor of Clinical Practice in Pathology at CU School of Medicine
Garrick "Rick" Chatelain BS, MT (ASCP)
Laboratory IT Manager, The Blood Center
Rick Chatelain has been employeed at The Blood Center in New Orleans for the past 19 years. He has served in numerous roles, from Laboratory Director, to Director of Hospital Services and Component Laboratory, to Projects Director, and now as Laboratory IT Manager. He graduated from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette with a degree in Biological Sciences, and performed his Medical Technology internship at the Ochsner School of Allied Health in New Orleans. He is a life-long resident of the greater New Orleans area where he lives with his wife and daughters. He is a member of the South Central Association of Blood Banks and is currently (until 6:15 this evening), it's 60th President.
Alice Chen, MD, PhD
Transfusion Medicine Physician, Gulf Coast Pathology Associates, at Memorial Hermann Hospital
Dr. Chen received her MD and PhD degrees from Baylor College of Medicine. After completing her residency in Clinical Pathology and fellowship in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking, Dr. Chen held a faculty appointment at Baylor with research interests in hematopoiesis and clinical responsibilities in Transfusion Medicine. She subsequently joined the staff at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital as Medical Director of the Molecular Pathology Section and Associate Medical Director of the Donor Center and Transfusion Service. Dr. Chen is presently on staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital providing Hemotherapy, a unique Clinical Pathology Consultation service.
Karen Dosanjh
Quality Director, Blood Systems
I have been in the Quality Department at BloodSource for 16 years, and during that time I have supported nearly every department within the organization. I have been a presenter with CBBS in the past, and have also had an opportunity to speak at the AABB Annual Meeting in Anaheim in 2008. I am an AABB Assessor, and am also a Lean Six Sigma Certified Yellow Belt.
Theresa Dunning, MSQA, MT(ASCP)SBB, CSSBB(ASQ)
Regionwide Blood Bank Practice Leader, Kaiser Permanente
Theresa Dunning currently works for Kaiser Permanente as part of the Regional Laboratory Quality and Compliance department. She holds the position of Regionwide Blood Bank Practice Leader for Northern California Kaiser. She has earned a Master of Science in Quality Assurance from Dominguez Hills University, is a Specialist in Blood Bank, and maintains American Society of Quality CMQ/OE and CSSBB certifications. Theresa is an active AABB-CAP Assessor and participates in several professional organizations dedicated to the quality and improvement of clinical laboratory and transfusion practices.
Paul Eastvold, MD, MT(ASCP)
Division Chief Medical Officer, Blood Systems, Inc.
Dr. Eastvold started his medical career in 1978 as a medical technologist at Loma Linda University Medical Center in southern California. After 15 years of “Teck’in”, he decided to continue his education and complete a medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1995. He completed a 5 year AP/CP residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, N.C. in 2000, followed by a transfusion medicine fellowship at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Texas in 2001. He has practiced blood banking and transfusion medicine over 39 years in six states and two countries, and is currently in Spokane Washington at Inland Northwest Blood Center as their Division Chief Medical Officer. He also holds the faculty position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Pathology at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, just down the street from his office in Spokane, WA.
Rich Gammon, MD
Medical Director, OneBlood, Inc.
Dr. Gammon is a subject matter expert in the area of patient blood management. His programs provide hospitals with current evidenced-based transfusion thresholds, management of the transfusion committee and emphasize the importance of appropriate transfusions. Dr. Gammon holds Board Certifications in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine as well as Clinical Pathology. He is a Medical Director for OneBlood and Transfusion Medicine Specialists and an Assistant Professor of Pathology for the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at NOVA Southeastern University College of Allopathic Medicine.
PJ Geraghty
Vice President of Clinical Services, Donor Network of Arizona
PJ Geraghty is the Vice President of Clinical Services for Donor Network of Arizona. A graduate of The George Washington University, he holds a BS in Emergency Medical Services Management, as well as anMBA from the University of Phoenix. Before coming to Donor Network of Arizona, he worked as an organ recovery coordinator for the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium (DC) from 1993 until 1996, and as a transplant coordinator and then clinical services manager for LifeNet (VA) from 1996 until 2003. He has served on numerous regional and national committees to improve organ and tissue donation. From 1991 to 2003, he was a volunteer paramedic/ firefighter with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Bethesda, MD, and maintains life associate membership in that organization. A Chicago-area native and lifelong Cubs fan, PJ lives outside Phoenix with his wife, Diana, and their four children.
Ashley Herman, MS
Regional Director, OneBlood, Inc.
As Regional Director, Ashley Herman oversees the recruitment and collections operation in the Central Florida region for OneBlood. She is responsible for compliance and the donor growth and retention in the area. Ashley leads a team of over 160 employees and has worked in the industry for the past 9 years. Prior to OneBlood, Ashley worked in the pharmaceutical field. Ashley earned her master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Jonathan Hughes
Medical Director, Blood Systems / BloodSource
Dr. Jonathan Hughes is a Medical Director of BloodSource, a Blood Systems blood center serving hospitals throughout Central and Northern California. He completed pathology residency and transfusion medicine fellowship training at Stanford University and joined BloodSource in 2013. His professional interests include plasma derived therapeutics, patient blood management, component/donor optimization, , and transfusion education
Andrew Jones, MD
Pathology Chief Resident, University of California, Davis
Andy graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in Philosophy and American Culture Studies, an MA in American Culture Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. He worked in IT for several years for an art and design college in the SF Bay Area, and then pursued an MD at the University of Vermont. He has published several abstracts during his time in residency on topics ranging from passenger lymphocyte syndrome, thyroid non-invasive follicular lesions with papillary-like nuclear features, and diversity in medical education. He is currently the Section Editor for the ASCP Case Reports: Transfusion Medicine publication, and was the inaugural recipient of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Resident Professionalism Award. He has a strong interest in Transfusion Medicine and Apheresis, and will be the Herbert Perkins Transfusion Medicine Fellow at UCSF for 2019-2020.
Steve Kleinman, MD
President, Kleinman Biomedical Research
Dr. Steven Kleinman is Clinical Professor of Pathology at U. British Columbia, AABB Senior Medical Advisor and President of Kleinman Biomedical Research. His past experience includes blood center medical director (ARC, So Ca; 1982–1991), transfusion service medical co-director (UCLA , 1991–1995), and investigator in several NHLBI-funded multicenter transfusion medicine research studies. His main interest is the intersection of scientific investigation and policy development in the field of transfusion safety and emerging pathogens. His publications span the realm of basic science research, the epidemiology of infectious agents and modeling their transfusion transmission risk, laboratory test performance as applied to donated units of blood, and pathogen inactivation of blood components. Currently, he chairs the NHLBI sponsored Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study-III (REDS-III) Steering Committee and co-edits the transfusion medicine section of Up To Date.
Adrienne Mendoza
Executive Director, Quality & Compliance, BioBridge Global
Over 19 years of experience developing and improving Quality Systems in Blood, Biologics, Cell Therapies, and Human Tissues.
Samantha Ngamsuntikul, MD
Associate Medical Director, BioBridge Global
I am a native Texan. I went to medical school in San Antonio and completed an anatomic/clinical pathology residency program at UTMB- Galveston.  After completing a transfusion medicine/blood banking fellowship at Stanford Medicine, I returned to San Antonio.  I have been at BioBridge Global for 3 years.
Suchitra Pandey, MD
Senior Chief Medical Officer, Blood Systems, Inc
Dr Suchitra Pandey is Board Certified in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology and in Transfusion Medicine. She received her Medical Degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, and completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of California, San Diego and a Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Blood Centers of the Pacific (BCP) and UCSF Medical Center.  Dr Pandey is currently Senior Chief Medical Officer in the West Division of Blood Systems, Inc and is based in San Francisco at BCP. Dr Pandey is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Laboratory Medicine and is the Associate Program Director for the BCP/UCSF Transfusion Medicine Fellowship.
Anil Panigrah
Clinical Instructor, Stanford University School of Medicine
Clinical Instructor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine and
Department of Pathology, Division of Transfusion Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine
Tho Pham, MD
Medical Director, Stanford Blood Center
Dr. Tho Pham is currently the Medical Director at the Stanford Blood Center. His operational research interests include optimizing data flow between hospitals and donor centers to create a seamless vendor-managed inventory platform.
Lisa Robinson
Director, Culture Transformation & Employee Development, Blood Systems, Inc
Lisa Robinson is the Director of Culture Transformation and Employee Development at Blood Systems, leading a team that focuses on employee engagement, leadership development, leadership coaching, talent management, change agility and culture transformation. Prior to joining Blood Systems, Lisa worked at Banner Health, Arizona State University and American Express. As a certified ICF coach with over 1000 hours of executive coaching experience, Lisa brings a compassionate, collaborative mindset as she serves as a strategic partner and internal coach. Lisa has spent the last 25 years in the field of education, consulting and coaching. Lisa received her Bachelor's degree in Asian Studies from the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Liz Rosenbaum, MD
Medical Director, Blood Systems, Inc
Dr. Rosenbaum is the South Central (New Mexico & Texas) Division Medical Director with Blood Systems, Inc. She is the Medical Director of a small apheresis program in West Texas. She is also an attending physician in Clinical Pathology and Apheresis at the University of New Mexico, Department of Pathology.
Kathleen Sazama, MD, JD
MD - Georgetown - 1976; JD - Catholic U - 1990 Practiced pathology and transfusion medicine for 35+ years in community hospitals, academic centers, blood centers, cord blood banks; with FDA for 3 years in mid-'80s; retired 3 years ago. Frequently invited speaker; former president of both AABB and SABM; inspector/assessor for >30 years; headed accreditation programs for AABB; author/editor of numerous publications; many international friends and colleagues.
Salima Shaikh, MD
Medical Director, Blood Centers of the Pacific
Dr. Salima Shaikh is Board-Certified in Clinical Pathology and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Wellesley College and Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She attended Massachusetts General Hospital for her Clinical Pathology residency training and the Harvard Medical School Fellowship Program in Transfusion Medicine for her fellowship training. Prior to joining Blood Centers of the Pacific in 2014, Dr. Shaikh was Assistant Medical Director at the American Red Cross in St. Paul, Minnesota for four years. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Minneapolis. She is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the California Blood Bank Society (CBBS).
Rob Van Tuyle
President, Blood Services, Blood Systems, Inc
Rob Van Tuyle is the President of the Blood Services Division of Blood Systems. Prior to joining Blood Systems, Rob was the CEO of BloodSource located in Sacramento, CA. Rob's background is in finances, having been the CFO at a variety of venture backed tech startups as well as a 10 year career with Ernst & Young.
Mrigender Virk
Clinical Fellow, Stanford University
Clinical fellow in transfusion medicine with a background in anatomic and clinical pathology
Dawn Ward, MD
Physician, UCLA Health System
Dawn Ward, MD is an Associate Medical Director of the UCLA Transfusion Medicine service. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Pathology Research Services. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Spelman College, Dawn worked in clinical and commercial cell culture manufacturing and as a quality and compliance officer at Amgen. She subsequently earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University, School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Clinical Pathology at UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine and a Transfusion Medicine fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Her current interests include clinical laboratory quality improvement and blood utilization.
Connie Westhoff
Executive Scientific Director, New York Blood Center
Dr. Westhoff is executive scientific director of the Laboratory for Immunohematology and Genomics at the New York Blood Center and the newly established National Center for Blood Group Genomics. The primary focus of her research is to improve patient care and transfusion safety through the use of genomics with an emphasis on patients with Sickle Cell Disease. She is considered an expert on the Rh system, and has published more than 90 scientific papers and authored numerous book chapters. She is an associate editor for the Genomics section of the journal Transfusion, an editor of the AABB technical manual, and has served on numerous AABB committees including the board of directors. Also active in ASH and ISBT, she has lectured nationally and internationally and is a reviewer for numerous journals and abstracts for U.S. and international meetings in hematology and transfusion medicine.
Jennifer Woo, MD
Transfusion Medicine Fellow, UCSF
Jennifer Woo completed medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at UCLA. She is currently the transfusion medicine fellow at UCSF-BCP. Her interests include patient blood management, clinical informatics, health care quality improvement, point-of-care testing, and coagulation. She is actively involved in national pathology organizations, where she has held numerous leadership roles.
Tirzah Zielinski
Director of Marketing, OneBlood, Inc
As Director of Marketing for OneBlood, Tirzah Zielinski leads all external donor communications and ensures the organization’s messages are conveyed to all audiences. She also is responsible for marketing the organization through campaigns and initiatives within the community to further educate the public about the importance of blood donation. Tirzah is responsible for leading the development and execution of strategic donor marketing plans and tactics to motivate and educate donors about the importance of blood donations. She serves as leader in forging relationships with corporate partners that will help increase collections and create public awareness. She is recognized for her achievements in implementing new programs, including donor frequency and recognition. Tirzah has also played an important role in developing and creating a new app and working with the business intelligence team in creating new reporting to allow for more informed decisions.