Fellowships: Transfusion Medicine Fellowship

All of the attractive “data” is available here on our website—along with links to YouTube videos about how nice the people are in the Pathology department, and the great cultural and recreational opportunities here in New Mexico. So I’d like to concentrate on two other points, the first is the reason that New Mexico was my top choice for a faculty job, the second is the surprising number of our fellows that managed to stay in New Mexico.

  1. I’ve been here since 1999, and UNM was my first choice for a faculty position in Transfusion Medicine. The reason is that I get to practice the full scope of transfusion medicine in an integrated manner. We have a busy University Hospital blood bank, a regional coagulation laboratory, a regional blood center that supplies 47 hospitals, and a multi-hospital therapeutic apheresis program. I get to experience it all at once, and fellows also get an integrated experience.

  2. Appreciating the unusual concentration of transfusion medicine and coagulation resources here, I helped to establish the fellowship program in 2000. I figured that I would be training fellows that would have to find jobs out of state—however, MOST of the fellows that we have trained stayed in the region for a time—or came back to Albuquerque after being away as University faculty in other places. That says something. One thing it says is that we have more transfusion medicine-trained physicians per capita here than most places in the country. That means it is a great environment for trainees. Another thing it means is that our trainees like to practice medicine in the Southwest—and so do I.

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- Kendall Crookston, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program

Teaching Faculty

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Kendall Crookston, M.D., Ph.D.

Kendall Crookston, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Pathology and Medicine and has authored and edited articles and book chapters on blood transfusion, coagulation assessment, therapeutic apheresis, and medical education. Receiving a "Teacher of the Year" award, he subsequently completed the UNM Medical Education Scholars program and later spent 12 months as a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen, where his areas of emphasis included medical education and new transfusion technologies. He endeavors to involve trainees and allied health personnel in publications and has collaborated on over 75 of these article or abstract "authorships." He is often consulted about patients that refuse transfusion, particularly for religious reasons.

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Evelyn Lockhart, M.D.

Evelyn Lockhart, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics/Gynecology who currently serves as the Medical Director for the UNM Hospital Transfusion Service and Tissue Bank, Associate Medical Director for the Special Coagulation Laboratory at Tricore Reference Laboratories and Associate Medical Director at United Blood Services in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Lockhart serves as a board member and the website chair for the Foundation for Women and Girls with Blood Disorders (www.fwgbd.org), and is a member of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Transfusion Medicine Resource Committee, the AABB Clinical Transfusion Medicine Committee, and is the CAP liaison to the American Society of Anesthesiologists Patient Blood Management Committee. Her primary clinical and research interest is in maternal-fetal transfusion medicine and patient blood management in massive hemorrhages, and has won an award for her efforts in pathology resident education.

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Liz Rosenbaum, M.D.

After graduating from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Archeology, Dr. Rosenbaum attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and was nominated to AOA in 2004. She completed a combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency program and served as Chief Resident in 2009. After residency, Dr. Rosenbaum completed a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at UNM, and joined United Blood Services Arizona. Dr. Rosenbaum is currently the United Blood Services District Medical Director of Texas and New Mexico. She also is a part time Attending Physician in Transfusion Medicine and Apheresis at the University of New Mexico, Department of Pathology.

2017-2018 Transfusion Medicine Fellow

Nathan Tokuda, M.D.

Nathan Tokuda received his MD degree from The University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, HI and completed his residencies at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM and University of Hawai’i: Internal Medicine Residency Program in Honolulu, HI.

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Testimonials from former fellows

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"If it carries oxygen, forms a clot, or can be removed through apheresis, you will learn about it in the Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking Fellowship at the University of New Mexico."

- Aaron Pritchard, M.D.

Fellowship Alumni and their current positions

Year  Fellow Position after training
2014 Aaron Pritchard, MD Clinical Assistant Professor, UNM Department of Pathology
2013 Michael Reyes, MD Albuquerque VA Medical Center
2012 Jennifer Wheller-Buenger, MD  Cord Blood Banking, Vail, AZ
2011 Jeremy Parsons, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque 
2010 Bruce "Todd" Burks, MD Pathology and Laboratory Consultants of Long Island, New York
2009 Lizabeth Rosenbaum, MD United Blood Services & Clinical Assistant Professor, UNM Department of Pathology
2008 Benjamin Wagenman, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque
2007 Deborah Novak, MD The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
2006 Hank Hanna, MD American Red Cross, Portland OR 
2003 James Cole Elliott, MD Pathology Associates of Albuquerque
2002 Shakil Merchant, MD Methodist Hospital Lab Services, San Antonio, TX

Books edited and chapters written

Books Edited or Co-Edited

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Gorlin J and Lockhart E. Case 3: Management of the Anemic Obstetric Patient. In: Case Studies in Patient Blood Management 2015; Lieb M and Gross I (eds), AABB Press, Bethesda, MD.

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Boyd TM, Lockhart EL, and Welsby IJ. Split Blood Products. In: Perioperative Hemostasis: Coagulation for Anesthesiologists. (First Edition), Marcucci C and Schoettker P, eds., 2015: Springer-Verlag Publishing, Berlin, Germany.

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Linz, W, Chhibber, V, Crookston, KP, Vrielink, H, Eds. Principles of Apheresis Technology, 5th Ed., American Society for Apheresis, 2014.

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Winters, JL, Crookston, KP, Eder, Delaney, M, Eder, AF, Kiss, Linz, W, Sarode, RS, Schwartz, J, Shaz, B, and Szczepiorkowski, ZM, Eds. Therapeutic apheresis: A physician’s handbook, 4th Ed., AABB Press, 2013.

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Lockhart E.L., Transfusion Management of Obstetric Hemorrhage. In: Textbook of Postpartum Hemorrhage (Second Edition), B-Lynch C, Keith LG, Lalonde AB, and Karoshi M, eds., 2012: Sapiens Publishing, Duncow, UK.

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Ortel T.A., Lockhart E.L., and Humphries J.H., Treatment of Acquired Disorders of Hemostasis. In: Transfusion Medicine: Clinical Principles and Practice (Third Edition) 2011; Mintz P.D. (ed) AABB Press, Bethesda, MD.

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Winters, JL, Crookston, KP, Eder, AF, King, KE, Kiss, JE, Sarode, RS, and Szczepiorkowski, ZM, Eds. Therapeutic apheresis: A physician’s handbook, 3rd Ed., AABB Press, 271 pp., 2011.

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Bandarenko N. and Lockhart E. Therapeutic Leukocyte and Platelet Reduction In: Apheresis: Principles and Practice (Third Edition) 2010; McLeod, B.C. (ed) AABB Press, Bethesda, MD.

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Linz, W., Crookston, KP, Duvall, D, Kong, B, Jones, H, and Sabin, S, Eds. Principles of Apheresis Technology, 4th Ed., American Society for Apheresis, 110 pp., 2010.

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Lockhart E.L. and Lopez J.A., Acquired Disorders of Platelet Function. In: Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice (Fifth Edition) 2009; Hoffman, R., Benz Jr., E.J., Shattil, S.J., (eds), Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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Winters, JL, Crookston, KP, Eder, AF, King, KE, Kiss, JE, McLeod, BC, and Sarode, RS, Eds. Therapeutic apheresis: A physician’s handbook, 2nd Ed., AABB Press, 245 pp., 2008.

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McLeod, BC, Crookston, KP, Eder, AF, King, KE, Kiss, JE, Sarode, RS, and Winters, JL, Eds. Therapeutic apheresis: A physician’s handbook, AABB Press, 196 pp., 2005.

Application and Contact Information

For more information contact fellowship director Kendall Crookston, M.D., Ph.D. at blood@unm.edu. For applications contact Christina Garcia-Tenorio at CGTenorio@salud.unm.edu.