Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine Fellowship

This one-year ACGME-accredited Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship offers extensive clinical and laboratory experience in a busy state-of-the-art medical center in the heart of Chicago.  This fellowship specializes in laboratory coagulation training.

The fellowship and UCM Blood Bank are housed in a large, modern facility within a state-of-the-art hospital on the University campus.  The Blood Bank supports adult and pediatric hospitals which provide busy solid organ and stem cell transplantation as well as cell therapy programs, level 1 trauma, high risk neonatal and obstetrical programs, and complex cardiovascular surgery.  The UCM Blood Bank issues over 55,000 components per year.

The UCM Blood Donation Center provides ample experience with blood collection in a hospital-based facility. 

The stand-alone UCM Coagulation Laboratory provides routine and esoteric testing for bleeding and clotting disorders, with abundant opportunity for test interpretation and consultative reports.

Clinical experiences include immunohematology, transfusion service management, investigation of transfusion reactions, blood donor recruitment, blood donation and processing, therapeutic apheresis and pediatric peripheral blood stem cell collection (over 700 apheresis procedures per year), coagulation, and histocompatibility testing.  Additional experience at an immunohematology reference lab is also provided.

Ample opportunities for research and teaching are provided. Trainees who complete this one-year program are eligible to sit for Transfusion Medicine boards (American Board of Pathology).

Fellowship Director

Geoffrey Wool

Associate Professor of Pathology

Fellowship Faculty

Fatima Aldarweesh

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Rahaf Alkhateb

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Timothy Carll

Assistant Professor of Pathology

The position is open to physicians with current licensure trained in CP, AP/CP, or other appropriate postgraduate medical training. The candidate must be able to obtain an Illinois medical license.

Commensurate with the applicant’s PGY level of training.

Submit an application form, including all materials detailed on the form, to the Fellowship Coordinator Yinka Ogunbekun ( and the Fellowship Director Dr. Geoffrey Wool (

  • 2023-2024: Filled
  • 2024-2025: Open
  • 2025-2026: Filled
  • 2026-2027: Open
Fellows Fellowship Years Additional Training Post-Training Position
Christine Fuja, DO 2023 - 2024 - Assistant Professor
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
Lisandro Fortuny, MD 2022 - 2023 -

Regional Director
Chicago, IL

Timothy Carll, MD 2020 - 2021 -

Assistant Professor
University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Nisar Amin, MD

2019 - 2020 - Staff Physician
Charleston Area Medical Center
Charleston, WV
Scott Allen, MD 2018 - 2019

Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Hematopathology Fellowship

Staff Pathologist
Emanate Health
Glendora, CA

Yijun Zhu, MD 2016 - 2017

University of Illinois at Chicago
Hematopathology Fellowship

Staff Pathologist
Westchester Medical Center
Valhalla, NY

Juliana Alvarez Argote, MD 2015 - 2016

Medical College of Wisconsin
Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

Assistant Professor
Medical College of Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, WI

Geoffrey Wool, MD PhD 2014 - 2015  

Associate Professor
University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Farzaneh Sayedian, MD 2013 - 2014  

Staff Pathologist
Galveston, TX

Anne Das, MD 2012 - 2013  

Staff Pathologist
Private practice
Cincinnati, OH

Marsha Apushkin, MD 2011 - 2012

University of Chicago
Head and Neck Pathology Fellowship

Assistant Professor
Loyola University Chicago
Maywood, IL

Saptarshi Mandal, MD 2010 - 2011  

Assistant Professor
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodhpur
Rajasthan, India

Jason Chiang, MD 2009 - 2010  

Staff Pathologist
Nassau University Medical Center
NorthShore-LIJ Health System

James Westra, MD 2008 - 2009  

Clinical Instructor
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Mona Papari, MD 2007 - 2008  

Chief Medical Officer
Chicago, IL

Shoujin Wu, MD 2006 - 2007  

Staff Pathologist
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Ila Bansal, MD 2005 - 2006  

Staff Pathologist
Quest Diagnostics
Fairfax, VA

Marisa Galicia, MD 2003 - 2005  

Rosalind Franklin University
North Chicago, IL

Erzhen Zhen, MD 2002 - 2003  


Muhammad Isa, MD 2001 - 2002  

Staff Physician
John Peter Smith Center for Cancer Care
Fort Worth, TX

Kiyoko Oshima, MD PhD 2000 - 2001

Anatomic Pathology
University of California - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, MD

Tipsuda Junsanto Bahri, MD 1999 - 2000  

Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine
Provo, UT

Rachel Flamholz, MD 1998 - 1999  

Staff Pathologist
Ft. Myers, FL

Marisa Saint Martin, MD 1997 - 1998  

Medical Director
Jacksonville, FL