Transfusion Medicine Fellowship (Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship)

UNM Transfusion Fellowship Program from UNM Health Sciences.

All of the attractive “data” is available here on our website—along with links to YouTube videos about how nice the people are in the Pathology department, and the great cultural and recreational opportunities here in New Mexico.

So I’d like to concentrate on two other points, the first is the reason that New Mexico was my top choice for a faculty job, the second is the surprising number of our fellows that managed to stay in New Mexico.

  1. I’ve been here since 1999, and UNM was my first choice for a faculty position in Transfusion Medicine. The reason is that I get to practice the full scope of transfusion medicine in an integrated manner. We have a busy University Hospital blood bank, a regional coagulation laboratory, a regional blood center that supplies 47 hospitals, and a multi-hospital therapeutic apheresis program. I get to experience it all at once, and fellows also get an integrated experience.
  2. Appreciating the unusual concentration of transfusion medicine and coagulation resources here, I helped to establish the fellowship program in 2000. I figured that I would be training fellows that would have to find jobs out of state—however, MOST of the fellows that we have trained stayed in the region for a time—or come back to Albuquerque after being away as University faculty in other places. That says something. One thing it says is that we have more transfusion medicine-trained physicians per capita here than most places in the country. That means it is a great environment for trainees. Another thing it means is that our trainees like to practice medicine in the Southwest—and so do I.

- Kendall Crookston, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program
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Teaching Faculty

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Kendall Crookston, MD, PhD
Kendall Crookston, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Pathology and Medicine and has authored/edited articles, chapters, and books on blood transfusion, coagulation assessment, therapeutic apheresis, and medical education. Receiving a "Teacher of the Year" award, he subsequently completed the UNM Medical Education Scholars program and later spent 12 months as a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen, where his areas of emphasis included medical education and new transfusion technologies.

He served for six years as a Learning Community Mentor for the UNM medical students of the North House. He endeavors to involve trainees and allied health personnel in publications and has collaborated on over 75 of these articles or abstract "authorships." He is often consulted on patients that are unable to receive RBC transfusion and he obtained a compassionate use IND from the FDA for the use of Hemopure (bovine hemoglobin solution) for patients with life-threatening anemia. He currently is a member of the Transfusion Medicine Test Development and Advisory Committee for the American Board of Pathology.

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Joseph Griggs, DO
After graduating from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Dr. Griggs attended medical school at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He later completed a combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Griggs completed his fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at UNM. Dr. Griggs is currently an Assistant Professor of Pathology and serves as the Associate Medical Director of UNM’s Transfusion and Apheresis services. His other areas of interest include medical education, hemoglobinopathies, and patient blood management in the setting of massive hemorrhage.

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Jay S. Raval, MD
Dr. Jay Raval is a board-certified Clinical Pathologist with sub-specialty certification in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina where he was a Howard Holderness Distinguished Medical Student Research Scholar. He completed a surgical internship, clinical pathology residency, and blood banking and transfusion medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and The Institute for Transfusion Medicine.

He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico where he serves as Senior Director of Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Raval has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters.

He is an active member of AABB and the American Society for Apheresis; sits on the editorial boards of Transfusion, Journal of Clinical Apheresis, Transfusion and Apheresis Science, Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis, and Journal of Extracorporeal Technology; and is an elected member of the AABB Cellular Therapies Section Coordinating Committee. His research interests include exploring evidence-based transfusion medicine and therapeutic apheresis practices, with a focus on clinical and translational studies.

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Liz Rosenbaum, MD
After graduating from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Archeology, Dr. Rosenbaum attended The University of New Mexico School of Medicine and was nominated to AOA in 2004. She completed a combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency program and served as Chief Resident in 2009. After residency, Dr. Rosenbaum completed a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at UNM. She currently is the Regional Medical Director of Texas and New Mexico with Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) and serves as a part-time Clinical Associate Professor in Transfusion Medicine and Apheresis at The University of New Mexico, Department of Pathology.

Testimonials from Former Fellows

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"If it carries oxygen, forms a clot, or can be removed through apheresis, you will learn about it in the Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking Fellowship at the University of New Mexico."

Aaron Pritchard, MD

Fellowship Alumni & Their Current Positions

Year Fellow Position after training
2018 Kat Madden, MD New Mexico Donor Services
2017 Nathan Tokuda, MD Maui Medical Center, Maui, HI
2016 Joseph Griggs, DO Assistant Professor, UNM Pathology, Albuquerque, NM
2014 Aaron Pritchard, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, UNM Department of Pathology
2013 Michael Reyes, MD Albuquerque VA Medical Center
2012 Jennifer Wheeler-Buenger, MD Cord Blood Banking, Vail, AZ
2011 Jeremy Parsons, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque
2010 Bruce "Todd" Burks, MD Pathology and Laboratory Consultants of Long Island, New York
2009 Lizabeth Rosenbaum, MD United Blood Services & Clinical Assistant Professor, UNM Department of Pathology
2008 Benjamin Wagenman, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque
2007 Deborah Novak, MD The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
2006 Hank Hanna, MD American Red Cross, Portland OR
2003 James Cole Elliott, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque
2002 Shakil Merchant, MD Methodist Hospital Lab Services, San Antonio, TX

Application and Contact Information

For more information contact fellowship director Kendall Crookston, M.D., Ph.D. at blood@unm.edu. For applications contact Teresa Quintana at TQuintana@salud.unm.edu.

Books Edited and Chapters Written

Books Edited or Co-Edited