Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights
Exciting news! AABB’s Professional Engagement Program will be showcasing all of the great work our members do for AABB and the world at large.
Volunteer Spotlight will consist of a short Q&A with one of our members published each month in AABB News. Our members play an integral role here at AABB and we want to share their accomplishments.
Member Highlights can be any volunteer accomplishment directly involved with AABB and will change as new highlights are added. These highlights may range from publications, committee work, webinars and everything in between!
We are currently soliciting names of individuals to showcase for the coming year in either our Volunteer Spotlight or a Member Highlight capacities. If you or a fellow AABB member are interested, please email us at
Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on
Wen Lu, MD
Transfusion Medicine Staff Physician, Medical Director of Progenitor Cell Processing Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic
How long have you been an AABB member?
I have been an AABB member since 2012.
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
As an AABB member, I reviewed abstracts for the AABB Annual Meeting. In addition, I have been serving on the AABB Annual Meeting Education Committee and am currently Chair of the Clinical Hemotherapy Subsection. As Chair of the Clinical Hemotherapy Subsection, I started working on two survey projects. One is to determine the current state and future plans of Transfusion Medicine Services and Blood Banks (TMSs/BBs) as we all wait for the FDA final guidance regarding bacterial risk control strategies for platelets for transfusion. The goal of the second survey project is to determine which guidelines TMSs/BBs are using for testing and management of obstetric patients, and what is done in cases where there are inconsistencies or gaps in the available literature and guidelines. Related to my role as Medical Director of Progenitor Cell Processing Laboratory, I have been learning from my colleagues in the AABB Cellular Therapy Subsections.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Being actively involved in AABB provides me with the opportunity to learn about and discuss topics of interest and importance in Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking, which translates to better care for patients.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
My volunteer work has helped me gain professional contacts, and mentorship from an incredible mentor. I have enjoyed and look forward to working on projects with my colleagues and mentor.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
I have learned how much personal and professional growth is possible through volunteering with AABB. I would encourage anyone considering volunteering to just do it!
What is your favorite genre of music?
I mainly listen to music when I am running. So I enjoy any song with a good beat.
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