Vitalant’s service to hospitals, physicians and patients is powered by science, innovation and purpose. Our physicians work with those we serve to advance the practice of transfusion medicine. Every day, they share the awe of helping to transform the lives of patients who receive blood.

As close as the phone and often in-person—24 hours a day, seven days a week—our doctors work with hospital- and office-based physicians and technologists to resolve challenging transfusion dilemmas and provide unique blood products whenever they’re needed. Along with providing consultation, our physicians contribute to hospital-based transfusion committees, participate in grand rounds and lead the development and presentation of continuing medical education programs.

Vitalant physicians also supervise hospital transfusion services and therapeutic blood exchange procedures, oversee therapeutic phlebotomy programs and help deliver lifesaving cellular therapies collected by our staff and processed in our laboratories. In addition, they direct specialty laboratories in immunohematology, platelet and coagulation testing, tissue typing, and immunogenetics. In one of our geographic service areas, they staff a hemostasis and thrombosis clinic and a regional hemophilia center.

Our physician team and their specialized training and expertise

Vitalant employs 30 blood banking/transfusion medicine physicians who offer expert consultation to physicians in communities across the country, provide direct inpatient and outpatient care, ensure the safety of our generous donors and oversee vital blood center functions and laboratories.

After 4 years of medical school and 3 to 5 years of basic medical training, a minimum of 1 to 2 years of subspecialty training is required for a physician to become a blood banking or transfusion medicine subspecialist. Our doctors are adult and pediatric hematologists and transfusion medicine-trained pathologists.

Their specialized education and training centers around the practice of laboratory and clinical medicine concerned with all aspects of blood transfusion, including:

  • scientific basis of transfusion
  • selection and recruitment of blood donors
  • utilization and quality control
  • preparation of blood components
  • pre-transfusion testing
  • transfusion of blood components
  • adverse effects of blood transfusion
  • autoimmunity
  • transplantation
  • histocompatibility
  • therapeutic apheresis and phlebotomy
  • blood substitutes
  • medical-legal considerations of transfusion
  • management aspects of blood services
  • and the history of blood transfusion.

As leaders in transfusion medicine, Vitalant’s physicians also publish groundbreaking research, serve on national and international standard-setting committees, mentor medical and technical trainees, and provide subspecialty continuing medical education for physicians and technologists.

Vitalant’s physicians are available by phone for clinical consultation 24/7. The local blood center can put physicians, technologists and donors in touch with our doctors as needed...

“To me donating blood is a somewhat spiritual experience. You are giving something that was part of you to help a complete stranger live.”

— CONNOR, BLOOD DONOR