Transfusion Medicine and Coagulation


The Transfusion Medicine (Blood Bank) Service serves the needs of the UNM Hospitals, supporting the only level-one trauma center in the region, an active kidney transplant program, a statewide hemophilia/thrombophilia program, and regional burn treatment center. Transfusion Medicine also supports the National Cancer Institute’s designated UNM Cancer Research and Treatment Center, Children’s Hospital of New Mexico, and full service critical care units for all ages. The UNM blood bank transfuses more blood components than any other service in the state. The Special Coagulation laboratory provides a full range of esoteric tests to evaluate thrombophilia, hemophilia, acquired coagulation defects, and platelet disorders for patients throughout New Mexico. Four physicians trained in transfusion medicine are active in regional and national transfusion medicine arenas, with regular contributions to the scientific literature and textbooks in areas such as perioperative hemostasis, transfusion medicine practice, therapeutic apheresis, and tissue banking. The group also oversees medical direction of United Blood Services of New Mexico, which provides blood to 46 hospitals in a four-state region as well as therapeutic apheresis services to a number of hospitals in Albuquerque in addition to UNMH.


  • Clinical consultation available 24 hours/day and 7days per week in all areas of transfusion, coagulation and apheresis therapy

  • Bi-weekly clinical rounds with emphasis on resident and fellow participation

  • Transfusion technology that includes 8 BloodTrack internet-connected remote blood allocation refrigerators, solid phase, gel, and tube immunoserology testing, as well as platelet crossmatch and ROTEM thromboelastography

  • Apheresis services including red cell depletion, red cell exchange, plasma exchange, leukocyte depletion, platelet depletion, photopheresis, antibody-affinity columns, LDL-affinity columns, as well as platelet, red blood cell, plasma, granulocyte, autologous stem cell and autologous immunotherapy collections

  • Accredited Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking fellowship program with 1 fellow per year

Contact information:

Board certified pathologists on the service include:

Kendall Crookston, M.D., Ph.D., FCAP
Co-Medical Director, Special Coagulation, Tricore Reference Laboratories
Professor, Department of Pathology
University of New Mexico
(505) 272-3804

Joseph Griggs, D.O.
Assistant Professor
(505) 272-6225

Liz Rosenbaum, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
University of New Mexico
(505) 925-7765