Last Updated on: 03/09/2018 11:51 am

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

ACGME Accredited?  Yes
ACGME Program #:  3052321001
Fellowship Website Address: http://www.cc.nih.gov/dtm/
Application Method: Contact Program
Fellowship Contact: Cathy Conry-Cantilena MD
Phone: (301) 496-4506
Fax: (301) 402-1360

Fellowship Director: Cathy Conry-Cantilena MD

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The Department of Transfusion Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers a comprehensive, ACGME accredited two-year fellowship program in blood banking and immunohematology. The Department is located in the Clinical Center, internationally recognized as the premier hospital dedicated to translational research and clinical care. The National Institutes of Health is the nation's largest biomedical research facility. The program prepares the trainee in the clinical, technical, investigational and administrative aspects of transfusion medicine. During the first year the fellow is trained in clinical and laboratory immunohematology, apheresis techniques, tissue typing, donor recruitment, blood component preparation and therapy, and specialized procedures such as peripheral blood stem cell processing and cellular therapy. During the second year, a wide variety of research opportunities are available in such areas as transfusion-transmitted viral disease, development of innovative techniques for stem cell collection and separation, gene therapy and cell culture techniques, molecular-level red cell and tissue typing, flow cytometry, advanced immunohematology and reference laboratory studies. The fellow has access to a state-of-the-art facility with ample laboratory space and equipment, an unsurpassed biomedical library, and a well-trained technical and nursing staff. The Department of Transfusion Medicine provides a unique opportunity for primary or collaborative research with the various institutes at the National Institutes of Health. Graduates of the program occupy positions of leadership in transfusion medicine and related fields.


Qualified candidates should be physicians, U.S. citizens or resident aliens, Board-certified/eligible in pathology, internal medicine and /or hematology. Physician licensure in one of the 50 states in required.

Types and Numbers of Appointments

The NIH Transfusion Medicine fellowship appoints at least up to 3 fellows per year who must qualify for clinical staff privileges.


The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, is the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research. It is a national resource that makes it possible to rapidly translate scientific observations and laboratory discoveries into new approaches for diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease. Approximately 1,500 studies are in progress at the NIH Clinical Center. Most are Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. Most important, patients and families in the Clinical Center benefit from the cutting-edge technologies and research and the compassionate care that are the signature of NIH. The 27,000 sq. ft. Department of Transfusion Medicine supports all the blood banking and transfusion medicine needs of the patients at the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center which opened in 2005.


The NIH is located in Bethesda, Maryland, in close proximity to Washington DC. It is rich in cultural and governmental events with has school systems that are among the best in the nation.


Stipends range from $63,000 to $83,000 USD per year depending upon prior years of training.

Please contact David Stroncek MD or Cathy Cantilena MD at 301-496-4506 or by email. Cathy Conry-Cantilena, Program Director, National Institutes of Health, Dept of Transfusion Medicine, Building 10 Room 1C711, Bethesda, MD 20892.
Phone: (301) 496-4506 Fax: (301) 402-1360 Email: CCantilena@cc.nih.gov
Website: http://www.cc.nih.gov/dtm/