Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship

Fellowship Information and Requirements

The Department offers a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. The fellowship emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to cover all aspects of blood banking and transfusion medicine and is supported by 3 full time faculty. BIDMC performs over 30,000 transfusions per year and the fellow experience will include in-depth training in immunohematology, patient blood management, stem cell processing, histocompatibility and immunogenetics, pediatric transfusion medicine, apheresis and donor services.

When on the transfusion medicine service at BIDMC, fellows participate in twice daily transfusion medicine team rounds, lead didactic sessions for the residents and Harvard Medical School students on service and supervise the residents as first call to assist in answering clinical questions as well as in the generation of new antibody and transfusion reaction reports. Fellows will participate in several conferences including the weekly BIDMC Department of Pathology Clinical Pathology Case Conference and interdisciplinary Hematology Conference. Fellows will also spend two months on the Apheresis service at BIDMC under the supervision of fellowship faculty who are members of the BIDMC Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology. Outside rotations help round out training with fellows spending a month at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) for pediatric transfusion medicine, as well as a month at the American Red Cross (ARC) in Dedham, MA for donor center and reference laboratory experience.

Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing translational research projects with any of the faculty from the fellowship training program. Projects can be tailored to the research interests of the individual fellow.


Completion of training in Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, Surgery or Pediatrics in an ACGME accredited residency program.


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a quaternary care training institution with a level 1 trauma center, a referral center for complicated obstetric patients, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive cancer care center with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation program, a liver, kidney, and pancreas organ transplant center, and multiple medical and surgical intensive care units. Boston Children’s Hospital transfuses over 21,000 blood products a year and provides donor collection and apheresis services. American Red Cross, Dedham, MA collects over 250,000 blood products a year and has an AABB accredited immunohematology reference laboratory.


Salary is commensurate with postgraduate level of training.


Kerry O’Brien, MD (Program Director)
Richard Haspel, MD, PhD
Bentley Rodrigue, MD
Lynne Uhl, MD
Brian Carney, MD (Apheresis)
Jason Freed, MD (Apheresis)
John Manis, MD (BCH)
Jorge Rios, MD (ARC)


Request application materials from the fellowship coordinator:

Completed applications should be received by August 31 of the year prior to fellowship training.