Dr. Joseph Griggs, DO grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he got his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Utah. His medical training includes getting his DO degree from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona, completing a combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Nebraska, and a Transfusion Medicine Fellowship at UNM in 2016.

He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor - UNM Department of Pathology specializing in Transfusion/Apheresis Medicine, and has academic interests in hemoglobinopathies, management of obstetric hemorrhage, and medical education.

Personal Statement

One of my major drivers for working at an Academic University Hospital, is the opportunity to provide medical education. I'm dedicated to goal of improving the quality and type of education our trainees receive in clinical pathology, including: transfusion/apheresis, hemostasis, electrophoresis, lab management and clinical chemistry.

I am the rotation director for the Transfusion Medicine Rotation. Which regularly has pathology, anesthesia, internal medicine residents, medical students, and heme/onc fellows on service. I am also in charge of pathology resident and hematopathology fellow education on serum protein and hemoglobin electrophoresis.

I am one of the Associate Program Directors for the Pathology Residency Program and the Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program Director.

I currently chair the Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) and am an active member of the Program Evaluation Committee, and Resident Recruitment Committees.

As the Associate Medical Director of UH's Apheresis Service, and I would like to the see the service continue to expand and officially branch into performing extracorporeal photopheresis procedures.

In my role as Blood Bank/Transfusion Medical Director at SRMC, we have recently established new MTPs, and gotten the transfusion service ready for SRMC's move to Trauma level 3 status.

Areas of Specialty

Blood Banking / Transfusion Medicine
Apheresis Medicine
Obstetric Hemorrhage
Electrophoresis (serum protein and hemoglobin)
Medical Education


June 2016-current American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology

September 2017-current American Board of Pathology Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certified

Achievements & Awards

Faculty Teaching Award - 2019, University of New Mexico - Department of Pathology




  • English

Courses Taught

UNM SOM Lecturer:
“Introduction to Transfusion”, Hematology Block, Lecturer
“Adverse Transfusion Reactions”, Hematology Block, Lecturer
Transfusion Medicine Cases, Hematology block, Group
Transfusion Medicine - Interactive classroom learning

Weekly Clinical Pathology (CP) Board Review - UNM Department of Pathology

UNM Department of Pathology Resident Didactic Series - CP lecturer (multiple lectures, varied transfusion and clinical chemistry related topics)

Research and Scholarship

Griggs, J. (2020) Complications of Therapeutic Apheresis. In Popovsky, MA, ed. Transfusion Reactions: 5th edition. Bethesda, MD. AABB Press (submission).

Griggs, J. (2018) Component Therapy in Obstetric Hemorrhage. In the T. Nester Edition, Transfusion Management of the Obstetrical Patient: A Clinical Casebook (pp. 23-37).