Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship


Theresa A. Nester, MD

Professor | Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program

Kirsten Alcorn, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ashley Ellis, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Idoia Gimferrer, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Nabiha Huq Saifee, MD, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

David Lin, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Monica B. Pagano, MD

Associate Professor | Medical Director of Transfusion Services | Associate Director Pathology Residency Program

Daniel E. Sabath, MD, PhD

Associate Professor | Head, Hematology Division, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology | Chief of Service, Harborview Clinical Laboratories | Laboratory Director, Hematology and Coagulation Laboratories, UW Medical Center - Montlake and HMC | Program Director, Hematopathology Fellowship

Elizabeth M. Staley, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor | Associate Director, Transfusion Medicine

Hamilton C. Tsang, MD

Assistant Professor


The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) in partnership with Bloodworks Northwest and Seattle Children’s Hospital, provides a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine.

The fellowship program consists of one year of clinical training as directed by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). With successful completion of this year, the fellow should be eligible to sit for the Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine subspecialty board exam administered through the American Board of Pathology (ABP).

Eight months of the year are spent between the University Hospital system including a level 1 trauma center and Seattle Childrens Hospital, a pediatric tertiary care center. The remaining 4 months of the year are spent at Bloodworks Northwest, the regional Blood Supplier. Bloodworks also operates a large, centralized mobile therapeutic apheresis service and several laboratories that include:

  • Transfusion service
  • Immunogenetics
  • Platelet immunology
  • Immunohematology and red cell genomics
  • Cellular therapy

The fellow will participate actively in an on-call schedule for transfusion medicine and therapeutic apheresis consultation. Through exposure to the breadth of areas available in Transfusion Medicine, consultation on multiple complex patients requiring transfusion and apheresis support, and opportunity to learn from multiple transfusion-medicine-certified physicians within Seattle, the fellowship prepares the candidate well for a career in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine.


Program Goals & Objectives

Typical Schedule


Prior to appointment in the program, fellows must have one of the following successful completion of at least two years of a pathology residency program accredited by the ACGME or of a program located in Canada and accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC); certification by the ABP in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology, or in clinical pathology; or completion of an ACGME-accredited fellowship in hematology or an ACGME-accredited residency, and certification by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in one of the following:  anesthesiology, colon and rectal surgery, internal medicine, neurological surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedic surgery, pediatrics, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery. 

Stipend & Benefits

Appointment is for one year. Stipend and benefits are based on the schedule for residents at an equivalent level. Fellow is encouraged to apply for extramural funding if additional years of research training are desired.

For More Information

Dr. Theresa Nester
Department of Laboratory Medicine Pathology
University of Washington
Box 357470
Seattle, WA 98195-6100

Candidates need to submit electronic documents for their application packet.  We accept .doc, .jpg, .pdf and .tif documents as attachments to our fellowship email address.  Letters of reference can be sent by email attachment as well as long as they are on department letterhead and sent directly from the writer's office email OR administrative office email.  Click the link below for specific information about our requirements and applicable forms.

Application & Instructions for Pathology Fellowships
We do not accept the APC Standard Application Form

Application Email Address:

Include fellowship year and name in subject line.

If you have questions or problems, please contact our program administrator.