Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, an affiliate of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, offers an ACGME-accredited blood banking/transfusion medicine fellowship for physicians who have completed pathology specialty training and are interested in pursuing a career in blood banking/transfusion medicine and related research. Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital is a 950-bed private adult teaching hospital with a 1.6 million square foot outpatient center that registers over 310,000 annual outpatient visits. The hospital offers a full range of services from primary to tertiary care, including a multi-organ transplant center and cancer center.
One one-year fellowship position is available every academic year under the directorship of Christopher Leveque, M.D. The primary hospital (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. Houston Methodist Hospital 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 program will introduce the fellow to the 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 fellow will also rotate at The University of Texas Health Science Center, which has a Level I trauma center, where the fellow will be exposed to transfusion problems unique to trauma care. While there, 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.
The fellow will present patient cases and relevant scientific studies at regular case conferences, as well as execute a clinical research project that results in publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The program is supervised by five clinical pathologists with board certification in blood banking/transfusion medicine.
Candidates must be board certified or board eligible in clinical pathology or anatomic/clinical pathology. Candidates must hold or be eligible for a Texas Physician In Training Permit or Licensure.
Commensurate with level of postgraduate training.
Application deadline is December 31 of the year prior to the intended fellowship year which begins July 1. Application inquiries are to be directed to:
Christopher Leveque, M.D.
Medical Director, Blood Bank
Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine
Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin Street, M227
Houston, Texas, 77030