2019 ABC Summer Summit and MD Workshop


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James D. Burner, MD
Dr. Burner is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. He completed his AP/CP training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City followed by a transfusion medicine fellowship at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Following fellowship, he joined the pathology faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Currently he is the associate director of pathology residency program, director of the transfusion medicine fellowship program and medical director of the transfusion and aphaeresis service at Parkland Hospital on the UTSW campus.
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Andrew P. Cap, MD, PhD
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Angelo D’Alessandro, PhD
Angelo D'Alessandro, PhD is an Assistant Professor and founder and director of the Metabolomics Core of the School of Medicine and Colorado Cancer Center at the University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus. He also serves as Linda Crnic Investigator for the Linda Crnic Institute of Down Syndrome. He is a founder and CSO of Omix Technologies Inc. and Altis Biosciences LLC. He serves as Associate Editor for the journal Blood Transfusion, Frontiers in Physiology, and Methods in Molecular Biology (Springer Nature). He has been awarded the 2015 Scott Murphy lectureship by the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) group, the Early Career grant by the National Blood Foundation (2016) and the 2017 Webb-Waring Early Career grant by the Boettcher Foundation. He is a National Blood Foundation Scholar (2018). Age 35, he has published over 215 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a Vitalant Research Institute affiliated investigator.
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Dana Devine, PhD, MA
Dana Devine is currently the Chief Scientist at Canadian Blood Services and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia where she helped found the University's Centre for Blood Research. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the blood transfusion journal Vox Sanguinis. In service to the transfusion community, Dr. Devine is a member of numerous advisory committees and boards, including the AABB board of directors. Dr. Devine completed her research training at Duke University in North Carolina where she obtained the PhD degree. She has a longstanding research career in transfusion, platelet biology and complement biochemistry. Her current research is funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Canadian Blood Services, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
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Nicole Draper, MD
Dr. Draper is Board certified in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Practice in Pathology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Associate Medical Director of Transfusion Services at the University of Colorado Hospital.
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Richard Gammon, MD
Dr. Gammon is a subject matter expert in the area of patient blood management. He is a Medical Director for OneBlood and Transfusion Medicine Specialists and an Assistant Professor of Pathology for the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at NOVA Southeastern University College of Allopathic Medicine as well as an Assistant Professor Collaborative Faculty with Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, University of South Florida.
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Courtney Hopkins, DO
Dr. Hopkins is Board Certified in Clinical Pathology and in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking by the American Board of Pathology. She currently serves as a Sr. CMO for Vitalant and prior to that spent seven years with the American Red Cross, first in her role as Medical Director for the Southern and South Carolina Regions and then in her role as Chief Medical Officer for the East Division. She has also previously held a position as an Assistant Professor for Emory University.
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Louis Katz, MD
This presentation will provide background on the growing use of antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection and their potential impact in donor rooms and testing laboratories.
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Eric Langshur
Eric is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Abundant Venture Partners, a purpose-based incubator focused on improving the human condition by creating companies that improve Human Wellness, Human Performance and Human Engagement. Eric is also the founder and CEO of AVIA, the nation’s leading healthcare innovation network.

Eric was an early leader in the digital health and media fields, as the founder of CarePages (sold to Steve Case), founder of Rise Health, (sold to Best Doctors), Frequency 540 (sold to Publicis Groupe) and Ardent.io (sold to Publicis Groupe). Before transitioning to values-based entrepreneurship, Eric held top corporate executive positions at both United Technologies Corporation and Bombardier Aerospace.
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Peter Marks, MD, PhD
Dr. Peter Marks received his graduate degree in cell and molecular biology and his medical degree at New York University. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Medical Oncology training at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Marks has worked in academic settings teaching and caring for patients and in industry on drug development. He joined the FDA in 2012 as Deputy Center Director for CBER and became Center Director in January 2016.
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Samantha E. Mack, MD
Dr. Samantha Mack graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center then received her anatomic and clinical pathology training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She also completed fellowships and became board certified in pediatric pathology and blood banking/transfusion medicine. She worked in a large private practice group in Denver, Colorado for several years after training. She has been the Medical Director of the Mountain Division of Vitalant since 2017.
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Jeffrey S. Miller, MD
Dr. Jeffrey Miller is a Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director of the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. He has more than 20 years of experience studying the biology of NK cells and other immune effector cells and their use in clinical immunotherapy. He serves on the editorial board for Blood and is a reviewer for a number of journals and NIH grants. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Miller was the recipient of the National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award for 2015.
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Philip Norris, MD
Philip Norris, MD, is the Director of Laboratory Science at Vitalant Research Institute (VRI) San Francisco, and a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Norris is an infectious diseases physician with a research program focused on how the immune system responds to viral infections and transfusion.
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Kerry L. O'Brien, MD
Dr. Kerry O'Brien is the Blood Bank medical director at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, as well as an Assistant Professor in Pathology at Harvard Medical School. She is also the BIDMC Clinical Pathology Residency Director and the BIDMC Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Director.

She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington and her transfusion medicine fellowship at Puget Sound Blood Center.

Dr. O'Brien serves on a number of national committees with organizations such as AABB and the International Society of Blood Transfusion. She is currently the AABB representative to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Her interests are quality improvement in transfusion medicine, peripartum hemorrhage management and resident and fellow transfusion education.
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Rick Parrish
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Rita Reik, MD
Rita Reik, MD, FCAP, is chief medical officer of America’s Blood Centers and of OneBlood, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dr. Reik is be responsible for leading and implementing the association’s scientific and medical strategies as a national leader representing the interests of ABC members to internal and external stakeholders.

Her more than 20 years of experience in transfusion medicine includes leadership positions at Memorial Healthcare System, Community Blood Center (Dayton, Ohio) the American Red Cross where she served as senior medical officer in their national office, as well as, chief medical officer of the Pacific Northwest Region, and national director for the American Red Cross Center for Cell Therapy. Additionally, Dr. Reik has held leadership roles at hospital transfusion services, independent community blood centers of varying sizes, and university-based tissue banks.
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Ashley Singleton, MPH
My name is Ashley Singleton and I am a research associate at Georgia State University in the Georgia Health Policy Center. I've spent the last several years researching the barriers and motivators of minority blood donations. I'm excited to share what we've learned with everyone.
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Laurie Sutor, MD, MBA
Dr. Sutor is the chief medical officer and vice president of medical and technical services at Carter BloodCare, where she has worked for nearly 25 years. She is also a professor of pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where she participates in resident and fellow training. Dr. Sutor graduated from Emory University School of Medicine before moving to Dallas to do her residency in pathology at UT Southwestern.