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Majed A. Refaai, M.D.Majed A. Refaai, M.D.

Assistant Director of the Blood Bank; Associate Director of Pathology Residency Program;
Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship

University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Refaai is the Director of the thrombosis and hemostasis lab, Associate Director of the Transfusion Medicine/Blood Bank, Associate Director of Apheresis, and Director of the Patient Blood Management Program. Dr. Refaai received his medical degree from the Aleppo University School of Medicine in Syria. He then joined Massachusetts General hospital/Harvard University in Boston, MA as a research fellow in a special coagulation research lab. Dr. Refaai completed a residency in clinical pathology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and held a fellowship in transfusion medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. His research focuses on the in vitro and in vivo effects of ABO antibodies on platelet function and coagulation. He is also involved in clinical trials of emergency reversal of coagulopathy, as well as treatments for deep vein thrombosis and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Dr. Refaai is board certified in clinical pathology and serves as a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Thrombosis Research, the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, and the Journal of Clinical Apheresis.

Neil Blumberg, M.D.Neil Blumberg, M.D.

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Blumberg is the Director of Transfusion Medicine/Blood Bank as well as the Director of Clinical Laboratories, Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Blumberg has a long standing interest in training future generations of physician investigators and clinicians in transfusion medicine. Our fellowship program is new, but many residents from our program have gone on to national leadership positions in transfusion medicine or pathology and laboratory medicine. Dr. Blumberg’s long term research interests include transfusion immunology, including immunomodulation and clinical outcomes research, platelet biology and transfusion, and the role of the ABO blood group system in bleeding, thrombosis and mortality after ABO non-identical transfusion. He is the attending physician for the transfusion service one week each month. Fellows will also have an opportunity, if interested, to participate in research and administrative projects under his mentorship.

Gaurav Gupta, M.D., Ph.D.Gaurav Gupta, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (SMD)
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He earned his MD at J.N. Medical College, Aligarh, India, and subsequently received his PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Creighton University, followed by postdoctoral fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Tufts Medical Center and served as chief resident. Prior to joining University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Gupta completed clinical fellowship in Hematopathology at National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health and Transfusion Medicine/Blood Bank fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale School of Medicine.

Christine Cahill, MS, BSN, RNChristine Cahill, MS, Rn

Coordinator, Patient Blood Management Program

Christine is the Senior Nurse Coordinator of the Patient Blood Management program at University of Rochester Medical Center. She is a certified Lean Practitioner and earned certification in the fundamentals of Patient Blood Management. Her clinical background is in critical care of pediatric patients with congenital heart defects. In her current position, Christine has used her expertise to launch numerous blood management initiatives, such as an anemia management program, bloodless medicine consultation, resident transfusion medicine rotation, and other educational opportunities for staff on best practices related to proper utilization and transfusion of blood products.

Debra MaselChristine Cahill, MS, Rn

Chief Supervisor

Debra Masel is the Chief Supervisor of Transfusion Medicine/Blood Bank at Strong Memorial Hospital. Debbie graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy and St. Peter’s School of Medical Technology. She obtained her Specialist in Blood Banking certification from ASCP. Prior to her current position, Debbie worked as a Research Associate for Dr. Joanna Heal at the American Red Cross and also worked with Dr. Blumberg on various research initiatives related primarily to platelet biology and the effects of ABO matching/mismatching in transfusion medicine.