Pierre Tibi, MD
Chief, Dept of Cardiac Services
Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Pierre R. Tibi, MD, is currently the Chief of the Department of Cardiac Services at Yavapai Regional Medical Center. Previously he was Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center for 18 years.
Dr. Tibi received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh. His postdoctoral training included a residency in General and Cardiothoracic Surgery at The University of Rochester Medical Center and an additional fellowship in Mitral Valve Surgery at Broussais Hospital in Paris with Professor Alain Carpentier. Dr. Tibi is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is currently President of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM).
Dr.Tibi has led the development of numerous open heart programs around the State of Arizona, instilling Patient Blood Management in each of these programs. The program at Yavapai Regional Medical Center has consistently had a total transfusion rate of less than 10% for all comers undergoing open heart surgery.
Sherri Ozawa, RN
Clinical Director, Institute for Patient Blood Management
Sherri Ozawa, RN, has been involved in the field of patient blood management and bloodless medicine and surgery for over 20 years. She is the Clinical Director of the Institute for Patient Blood Management as well as Senior Director of Patient and Family Engagement at Englewood Health. Sherri’s background in critical care nursing enabled her to help create one of the largest and widely known multidisciplinary patient blood management programs in the world. She has lectured throughout the United States and internationally, with a particular focus on the nursing aspects of blood management. She has published numerous articles on the subject, and continues to be actively involved in research in the field. Currently, Sherri serves as an Investigator on the first US Federal Government Grant, funding the creation of an organized training program for physicians and other health care professionals in the field of patient blood management. She has also served as the Executive Director for the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management(SABM), an International Medical Society with the mission of promoting Patient Blood Management as a standard of care for patients worldwide.
Howard L Corwin, MD
Critical Care Medicine
Medical Director, Patient Blood Management Program
Geisinger Health System
Howard L. Corwin, MD, is currently the Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Anesthesiology and Director of Critical Care Services at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Prior to that, he was the Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Dr. Corwin received his MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York. His postdoctoral training included an internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and a clinical and research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. Dr. Corwin is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has subspecialty certifications in Nephrology, Critical Care Medicine, and Neurocritical Care.
Dr. Corwin’s research interests cover a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary topics, such as: the role of erythropoietin in critically ill patients; anemia and blood transfusion in the critically ill; ICU practice and organization; and acute renal failure in the ICU.
Carolyn Burns, MD
Independent PBM Physician
Carolyn Burns, MD, is a Board Certified Pathologist (AP/CP) and served as Medical Director of the Jewish Hospital Healthcare System, Department of Pathology in Louisville, KY. from 1991-2011. This included medical directorship of the Transfusion and Tissue Services for this 5-hospital system. Additionally, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Louisville.
After earning her Microbiology degree with Honors from the University of Kansas in 1981, and her Medical Degree Cum Laude from the University of Missouri in 1986, Dr. Burns completed an internship in General Surgery followed by Pathology residency at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Burns is an active member of several medical societies including AABB, American Society of Clinical Pathologists where she serves on the Education Committee, and the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management where she is the editor of the SABM Newsletter.
Dr. Burns is a passionate advocate for blood management, has been published in peer reviewed journals and textbooks, and is often sought as an engaging speaker on diverse transfusion topics.
Nabil E. Hassan, MD
Immediate Past President
Medical Director, Pediatric Critical Care Unit at OSF Health Care
Children’s Hospital of Illinois
Nabil Hassan, MD, is a pediatric critical care specialist and Director of the Patient Blood Management program at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also the Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State College of Human Medicine. Dr. Hassan graduated from Cairo University Medical School in Egypt with honors and in 1982 immigrated to the US. At that time he passed The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), exam and the Visa Qualifying Exam (VQE), followed by formal training and board certification in general pediatrics, neonatal/perinatal medicine and pediatric critical care medicine.
He has been at Spectrum Health for the past 23 years where he provides critical care coverage for a 24 bed unit that receives some 1600 admissions per year, sedation service coverage involving some 6000 procedures per year, and vascular access service. He is a member of both the Children’s Hospital and Spectrum Health System Blood Utilization and Pharmacy and Therapeutics committees. He is also an instructor for the FCCM and PFCCM courses.
Dr. Hassan is an active member of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury & Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) and the The Pediatric Critical Care Blood Research Network (BloodNet). He has been an active member of SABM since 2002, during which time he has lectured extensively and served as board member, executive committee member, chair of strategic alignment, and also served on the Education, Research and Annual Meeting Planning committees.
Patient care is of great interest to Dr. Hassan, as he enjoys closely interacting with his patients, while also teaching residents and medical students who then benefit from his expertise. His clinical research is mainly in the area of pediatric transfusion and blood conservation; he has several abstracts and published manuscripts on the topics of sedation and patient blood management.
Dr. Hassan serves as a reviewer for the following publications: Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Transfusion, Blood Transfusion, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and Journal of Pediatric and Neonatal Care.
James Brown, MHA, CCP, LP
Manager, Perfusion Services
NorthShore University Health System
James Brown is an accomplished leader with strong clinical skills, 20+ years of experience in the industry, and a history of successfully leading departments. He holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and is board certified as a Perfusionist.
James provides leadership for hospital transfusion committees and the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM). He is able to streamline operations and increase efficiency, effectively manage resources, supplies, and inventories, to significantly reduce costs. James has worked with numerous hospitals and non-profit organizations to develop strategic plans and ensure alignment between organizational goals. He is also responsible for managing cross-functional teams that include the training and coaching of employees, all the while maintaining high-quality operations and monitoring results. James ensures strict compliance with regulations and safety standards.
He is a dedicated healthcare professional known for consistently improving patient outcomes and providing outstanding leadership.
Susan M. Goobie, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Goobie is an Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital, with a special interest in Pediatric Blood Conservations strategies. She is also a Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia and is Clinical Director at the BCH Pharmacokinetics Laboratory.
She has developed expert knowledge in blood conservation methods, coagulation disorders and pharmacological research. She has several multicenter and funded clinical trials ongoing in the field. Her research is innovative as it will shed new insights and provide clinical guidelines into optimizing blood management in pediatrics and in particular on the mechanism of action, efficacy, and safety of antifibrinolytic use for pediatric non-cardiac surgery.
Dr. Goobie is considered to be an internationally recognized expert in this field. She a associate editor of the journal Pediatric Anesthesia, research committee chair for the CCPG, the international collaborative craniofacial pediatric group, and research committee member for the Canadian Anesthesia Society and SABM.
Seth Perelman, MD, FASA
Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic and Transplant Anesthesiologist
New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY
Seth I. Perelman, M.D., F.A.S.A., is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care and Pain Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. He is the Director of Thoracic Anesthesiology, Director of Anesthesia Equipment Clinical Decision Support and a member of the Transplant team. At NYU he is involved in resident and medical student education and moderates an anesthesiology department PBLD conference.
As a new member of the Surgical Value Based Medicine Committee he hopes to implement a Patient Blood Management program at NYU.Dr. Perelman was previously the Associate Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management and Hyperbaric Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Dr. Perelman has lectured nationally and internationally on various topics related to blood conservation, including acute normovolemic hemodilution, surgical blood management, management of preoperative anemia and bloodless management of the cardiac surgery patient. His publications have appeared in Anesthesiology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, Canadian Journal of Anaesthesilogy, and Transfusion.
Dr. Perelman is board certified in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography. He is a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), and served as the SABM liaison to the AABB Perioperative Standards Committee in 2004. Dr. Perelman is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA), New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, where he serves as an alternate delegate to the ASA and a former executive board member of the New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiology (NJSSA).
Dr. Perelman received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine and an anesthesiology residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York, where he also served as Chief Resident.
NurJehan Quraishy, MD
Assistant Professor, Dept of Pathology
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
NurJehan Quraishy, MD is the Assistant Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and an Assistant Professor for the Department of Pathology at the Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. Some of Dr. Quraishy’s work has focused on Transfusion Reactions through a case-based approach.
NurJehan Quraishy, MD is the Assistant Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, an Assistant Professor for the Department of Pathology at the Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo Medical Center. Prior to that she served as the Medical Director of the American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Region for 23 years and as the Chief Medical Officer for the then Michigan-Indiana-Ohio Division for 4 years. She currently is also a Transfusion Medicine Consultant for three hospitals in the Cleveland Clinic system. Her interests lie in patient blood management, transfusion reactions, immunohematology, hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn, and apheresis. She is passionate about teaching and has received the resident reward for teaching, both in Toledo and at the Cleveland Clinic. She has been an active participant of the SABM certificate course and is the co-Director of the course this year. She has been a member of the SABM Annual Meeting planning Committee since 2014. She served on the Board of the Ohio Association of Bank Banks (OABB) from 1996 to 2004, serving as President from 2000-2002 and more recently on the Board from 2012 to April 2018, and has served on the Annual Planning Committee for the OABB during these periods. She has also served on the AABB distance learning program, currently E-Learning. Dr. Quraishy is a member of several societies including SABM, AABB, OABB, ASFA, CAP, ASCP, ISBT and CBBS.
Rebecca (Becky) Rock, RN
Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Becky Rock is presently Nurse Clinician, Program Coordinator of the Patient Blood Management Program for Alberta Health Services (Calgary Zone) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Becky has been working in the field of blood conservation since 2007, providing supports for patients in 5 acute care hospitals (4 adult, 1 pediatric). Over the years, and particularly since becoming involved with the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), Becky has redeveloped the program to provide comprehensive Patient Blood Management (PBM) services and supports which span the patient perioperative experience, regularly utilizing transfusion data to assess impact of initiatives.
Becky regularly collaborates with the Calgary Zone Transfusion Safety Office Leaders in many safety-related projects; an eager public speaker, she also helps to provide transfusion-related education and in-servicing for healthcare professionals and groups both locally and beyond.
Since completing her education in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, in 1993, Becky’s experience as a Registered Nurse spans both Canada and the United States (Lubbock, TX), primarily in the setting of Critical Care: Post-Anesthesia Recovery, Endoscopy lab, and Intensive Care—Cardiac, Surgical, Trauma, and Cardio-Vascular (post open-heart).
Becky currently holds a number of volunteer roles in local, provincial and international organizations, related to her professional and personal interests:
Linda Shore-Lesserson, MD, FAHA, FASE
Professor of Anesthesiology
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Director, Cardiovascular Anesthesiology
Northshore University Hospital
Dr. Linda Shore-Lesserson is Professor of Anesthesiology, director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in Anesthesiology at Northshore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was an anesthesiology resident and cardiothoracic anesthesia fellow at Mount Sinai in NY. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and the National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. Shore-Lesserson is committed to multidisciplinary science and education. She serves as the Immediate Past President of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists during which time she created alliances with the STS and Perfusion societies to create Guidelines for Best Practices in Perfusion Management. She is involved with other medical cardiovascular disciplines as well and is on the Board of Directors and is the SCA liaison to the American Heart Association Surgery and Anesthesia Council. She is the current Chair (outgoing) of the Committee on Patient Blood Management for the American Society of Anesthesiologists and was instrumental in facilitating the “annual” ASA at SABM panel in which ASA members participate. She is also an active program committee member for the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists PGA Annual Meeting. In her editorial activities, she served as a member of the Associate Editorial Board for Anesthesia and Analgesia until 2010 and she continues to review for the journal. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia having served as Section Editor of the Case Conference Section and Literature Review sections of this journal in the past. Research interests lie in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis as they relate to cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Shore-Lesserson was involved in the creation of the Joint SABM-ASA panel in which ASA/SABM members present topics of interest in perioperative medicine.
Bruce Spiess, MD, FAHA
Professor and Associate Chair (Research)
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Florida College of Medicine
Dr. Bruce Spiess, born in Pittsburgh, PA., grew up the son of PhD academicians. He attended Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and been recognized by Denison with their highest achievement award. His medical degree is from Rush University, Chicago and he did Anesthesiology training at The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. At Mayo he worked with Dr. Pepovsky Dr. Faust and others learning blood banking techniques as well as developing an interest in “blood substitutes”. After residency Dr. Spiess returned to Chicago at Rush University where he began his research career into Perfluorocarbon compounds. From Rush he went to become Chief of Cardiac Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, Seattle. After 10 years there he moved to Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University where he was appointed Vice Chair, Director of Research and Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology. He spent 17 years at VCU. While at VCU Dr. Spiess was Director of VCURES (a collaborative effort by over 100 researchers to study trauma and critical oxygen delivery. He is particularly proud of VCU’s efforts to train over 11oo special forces combat medics for which he served as director of the program. He personally trained the combat medic on the Bin Laden raid. In 2016 he joined the University of Florida to be Associate Chair in charge of research. Dr. Spiess has focused his major research interests in blood, blood substitutes/oxygen therapeutics, decreasing excessive use of blood products and making the operating room environment safer. He is particularly proud of being selected by the Department of defense to Co-Direct a select meeting of the Department of Defense, Combat Casualty Command, FDA, NIH and BARDA with regards to the state of the art in oxygen therapeutics at Ft Detrick, Maryland, February 2017. This two-day conference brought in 125 of the worlds thought leaders and made recommendations to Congress and the sponsoring agencies regarding directions for research.
Dr. Spiess is currently a member of the SABM Strategic Alignment Workgroup.
Stacey L. Valentine, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Dr. Stacey Valentine is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her pediatric critical care fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and her Masters of Public Health and Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship at Harvard University.
Dr. Valentine is the co-chair of the Pediatric Critical Care Transfusion and Anemia Expertise Initiative, an international consensus series focused on creating guidelines for red blood cell transfusion practices in critically ill children. She also served as an invited expert in fluid and transfusion management for the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury Consensus Conference. She also serves as the chair of the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators BloodNetwork Blood Management Section. She is a fellow of the society of CHEST physicians and is a member of the honorary Society of Pediatric Research. Her research focuses on improving transfusion practices through blood conservation and anemia reduction in critically ill children.
Jonathan H. Waters, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh
Chief of Anesthesiology, UPMC Magee Womens Hospital
Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh, Magee Womens Hopsital
Dr. Jonathan Waters is currently a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh; Chief of the Division of Anesthesiology at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Vice Chair for Clinical Research for the Department of Anesthesiology; and, a member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. In addition, he is Medical Director of the Patient Blood Management program of UPMC and Medical Director of the Blood Management Division for Procirca, Inc which is a UPMC owned Biomedical Engineering Company. His areas of expertise primarily focus on transfusion management, blood salvage and obstetrics. He has been federally funded to support investigation in these areas with over 140 peer-reviewed publications, five books on the topic of blood management and a book on neurologic disease in pregnancy. In addition to conducting research, he has served on the editorial board of the journal, Transfusion, and is currently serving as an Associate Editor. He is a past president of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM). He served on the Board of Directors of the AABB between 2011 and 2015. He chaired the blood management technical advisory panel for the Joint Commission from 2007 to the present. This panel developed performance measures related to blood management.
Dr. Waters is currently a member of the SABM Research Committee.
Irwin Gross, MD
Emeritus Medical Staff
Eastern Maine Medical Center
Senior Medical Advisory, Accumen, LLC
Independent PBM Consultant
Dr. Irwin Gross graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School (1981) and completed his internship and residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Vermont. Dr Gross is a nationally recognized speaker and published author in Patient Blood Management and Transfusion Safety.
Prior to his role as Senior Medical Director at Accumen, Dr. Gross’s experience included serving as the Chief of Pathology at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and Medical Director of Laboratories at Affiliated Laboratories, Inc. Dr. Gross served as Medical Director of Transfusion Services from 1987 through 2014. He started the EMMC Patient Blood Management (PBM) Program in 2006. In 2015, Dr. Gross left EMMC and joined Accumen as the senior Medical Director.
He has participated on the Board of SABM for many years, currently serving as an Advisor. He co-edited the SABM Clinical and Administrative Standards for Patient Blood Management. He is a frequent speaker at the SABM Annual meeting with a particular interest in anemia management and CPOE for transfusion.
Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA
Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Surgery
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY
Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
New Jersey Medical School, NJ
Aryeh Shander, M.D., FCCM, FCCP, is the Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management and Hyperbaric Medicine at Englewood Hospital & Medical Center in Englewood, NJ. He is also a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine & Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, Executive Medical Director of The Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital.
Dr. Shander lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and patient blood management, notably, blood conservation in medical and surgical patients, volume resuscitation, management of anemia, perfusion techniques, novel hemostatic agents, and artificial blood. His publications have appeared in several prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals including American Journal of Hematology, American Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology Clinics of North America, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Artificial cells, blood substitutes, and immobilization biotechnology, Best Practice & Research in Clinical Anaesthesiology, British Journal of Anaesthesia, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Chest, Clinics of Anesthesia, Critical Care Clinics, Critical Care Medicine, Current Opinion in Hematology, Hematology Journal, JAMA, Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, Journal of extra-corporeal technology, Journal of Surgical Education, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Lancet, Nature Clinical Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine. Obstetrics & Gynecology, Patient Safety in Surgery, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pharmacotherapy, Seminars in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Anesthesia, Surgery, Surgical Infections, Transfusion, Transfusion Alternatives in Transfusion Medicine, Transfusion & Apheresis Science, Vascular, and Vox Sanguinis. He is currently serving as a member of Editorial Board of the Transfusion journal and Contagion and supplement editor for the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.
He is the author/editor of multiple book chapters and contributes to textbooks on blood management, such as Perioperative Transfusion Medicine 2nd Edition (2006) by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Perioperative Blood Management: A Physician’s Handbook, 1st Edition (2006) and 2nd Edition (2009) by American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), Basics of Blood Management 1st Edition (2007) by Blackwell, and Health Care Costs: Causes, Effects and Control (2009) by Nova Science Publishers. Dr. Shander is a reviewer for the journals Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, and Transfusion among others.
He serves as an Honorary Member for the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) and is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Shander is a founding member of the Board of Directors and was a Past President for National Anemia Action Council (NAAC) and SABM. Dr. Shander is also a founding member and President-Elect of the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) formerly, ASCCA where he serves on committees, both locally and nationally, and in addition, is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) where he served as Chair of Committee on Patient Blood Management. In 1997 Dr. Shander was recognized by Time magazine as one of America’s “Heroes of Medicine.” Dr. Shander is the Executive Medical Director of the Institute for Patient Blood Management & Blood Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital, which under his direction, received the NJBIZ Magazine’s 2010 Healthcare Hero Award.
Dr. Shander received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington and completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, where he also served as Chief Resident. Additional postgraduate training included a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine and a residency in Anesthesiology, both at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Shander is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Anesthesiology and Hyperbaric Medicine.