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 Mark Fung, MD, PhD
Mark Fung, MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Vice Chair of Quality and Clinical Affairs University of Vermont Medical Center and Health Network
How long have you been an AABB member?
Since at least 2002 when I became transfusion medicine fellow and attended my first AABB meeting.
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
I have been a member of the Hemovigilance Committee and now chair it. Previously I have been a member and chair of the Clinical Transfusion Medicine Committee, and a member and vice chair of the Transfusion Medicine Section Coordinating Committee.
What motivates you to volunteer?
It’s a great way to meet others in the transfusion medicine community and to work on projects that benefit all of the community throughout the year, and not just annually at the AABB meeting.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
I have benefited greatly from the number of mentors that have gotten to know who have provided invaluable guidance and opportunities both as a physician, and as a professional as my career progressed. I also have a large network of colleagues that I can run ideas or challenging situations by. For many years, I was by myself as the only transfusion medicine specialist practicing in Vermont, and having the connection to the larger community through my volunteer work was very important in staying connected to my specialty. I try now to pay it forward whenever I meet more junior colleagues at AABB meetings in providing the mentorship and collegiality I had received when I started my career.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
The AABB community is a wonderful community of supportive and passionate individuals, all trying to do the best for our patients. One of the things I learned from being a volunteer at AABB is that the work we do as volunteers is very important and is the life blood of the AABB’s activities. However, all of us as interested individuals in the specialty would not be as effective in advocating for our causes if not for the organizational framework that AABB provides to allow us to be effective as a group. I have learned a lot about leadership and navigating organizational complexities through my volunteering with AABB. My advice with someone interested in volunteering is to remember that it is volunteer work, so you need to choose something that you are passionate about so you are more likely to want to do this when there are other things going on in your life.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know?
I did not start snowboarding until I was 40 years old, but now it’s my favorite outdoor activity that I look forward to when winter arrives.
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