Transfusion Medicine, Tissue Banking, Apheresis, and Coagulation

Overview

The Transfusion Medicine Service (TMS) provides medical direction and support for the University of New Mexico Hospital's (UNMH), including the blood bank, tissue bank, and apheresis service. Of note, UNMH is the only level-one trauma center in the region. It also serves as the regional burn center, has a kidney transplant program, and houses statewide hemophilia and thrombophilia programs. 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 range of coagulation testing ranging from commonplace to esoteric to evaluate: thrombophilia, hemophilia, acquired coagulation defects, and platelet disorders for patients throughout New Mexico. UNMH's Tissue Bank maintains and provides essential tissue products for both inpatient and outpatient surgeries. The TMS service has four board-certified physicians trained in transfusion medicine, who 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.

Highlights

  • Clinical consultation available 24 hours/day and 7days per week in all areas of transfusion, coagulation, and apheresis therapy
  • Remote release refrigerators strategically located in high use areas (trauma, OR, etc.) to provide UNMH’s Healthcare Providers immediate access to blood and blood products
  • Fully integrated, automated gel immunoserology testing, and tube immunoserology testing, as well as ROTEM thromboelastography
  • Apheresis services include: red cell, platelet, and white cell depletion, red cell exchange, plasma exchange, extracorporeal photopheresis, LDL-affinity column-based apheresis, as well as platelet, red blood cell, plasma, granulocyte, autologous stem cell, and autologous immunotherapy collections
  • ACGME Accredited Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking Fellowship program - one fellow per year

Contact information:

Board-certified pathologists on the service include:

Jay Raval, M.D.
Medical Director, Transfusion, Tissue Bank, Apheresis Service
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
University of New Mexico
(505) 925-7765
jraval@salud.unm.edu

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
kcrookston@salud.unm.edu

Joseph Griggs, D.O.
Assistant Professor
(505) 272-6225
jRgriggs@salud.unm.edu

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