Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship
One one-year fellowship position is available every academic year under the directorship of Christopher Leveque, MD. The Houston Methodist Hospital is known internationally for its cardiovascular surgery department; the fellow will have ample opportunities to respond to complex transfusion problems presented by this service in pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care arenas. Methodist also has very active surgical services for orthopedic, organ transplant, neurosurgical, ENT, urologic, and general surgery. In addition, the hospital has hematology/oncology services with associated complex transfusion situations, as well as a busy bone marrow/stem cell transplant service. The fellow will be introduced to the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) service and parentage testing. The hospital has a blood donor center with both in-house and mobile blood collection facilities. The blood donor center also houses a busy apheresis center that performs over 1,000 therapeutic procedures annually, as well as performing many stem cell collections for in-house transplants and the National Marrow Donor Program. As the fellowship progresses, the fellow will assume increased responsibilities in the overall management of the blood bank and transfusion service.
The program includes rotations at The University of Texas Health Science Center-Hermann Hospital, which has a Level I trauma center, where the fellow will be exposed to transfusion problems unique to trauma care. During the UT-Hermann rotation the fellow will also be introduced to the demanding problems of neonatal/pediatric transfusion therapy. The program also includes a rotation at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center where the fellow will be instructed in the center’s very critical role in regional, national and international management of the blood supply. In addition, for more in-depth pediatric training, a blood bank/coagulation pediatric rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital is also available during the program. Training in laboratory management, information systems, and quality assurance is included in all rotations of the program. The fellow will present patient cases and relevant scientific studies at regular pathology case conferences and execute a clinical research project that results in publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
Candidates must be board certified or board eligible in Clinical Pathology or Anatomic/Clinical Pathology. Candidates must be eligible for a Texas Physician-In-Training Permit or hold a full physician Texas licensure.
Stipend is commensurate with level of post-graduate training.
Application deadline is December 31 of the year prior to the intended fellowship year, which begins July 1.
Christopher Leveque, MD
Direct application inquiries to:
Medical Director, Blood Bank
Director, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program
c/o Rachel Heap, Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin Street, B490
Houston, Texas, 77030