Bethesda, Md. — Steven Spitalnik, MD, has been nominated as an At-Large Director on AABB’s Board of Directors and will begin serving in his new role once his nomination is ratified at the October 10, 2017 business meeting. Spitalnik will hold At-Large Director position number 9, previously held by Richard Kaufman, MD. Kaufman has been chosen to serve as the next Editor-in-Chief of Transfusion, AABB’s peer-reviewed scientific journal.
Spitalnik previously held an Appointed Director position on the AABB Board of Directors. In addition, Spitalnik is a member of AABB’s Clinical, Scientific and Research Council; its Human Resources Committee; and the Transfusion editorial board. He is also an associate editor of the 19th Edition of the AABB Technical Manual.
Spitalnik has been a member of AABB since the early 1980s and has been heavily involved with the association throughout his career. Among his various AABB-related activities, he previously served as a member of the Nominating Committee and chair of the Karl Landsteiner Award Selection Committee. He was the 2013 recipient of AABB’s Emily Cooley Award and Lectureship. Additionally, in 2016, he was inducted into the AABB National Blood Foundation Hall of Fame.
“AABB’s Board of Directors is very fortunate to have Dr. Spitalnik as one of its members,” said Zbigniew Szczepiorkowski, MD, PhD, FCAP, president of AABB. “Dr. Spitalnik’s prestigious career and extensive knowledge provide him with the ideal background to help guide our association. He will continue to be an important and influential voice for AABB members.”
Spitalnik is professor and executive vice-chairman in the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology at Columbia University in New York City. He is also the medical director of clinical laboratories on the Columbia campus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Spitalnik received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He completed residency training at the University of Rochester and post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Rochester and the National Institutes of Health.
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership includes physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. AABB members are located in more than 80 countries and AABB accredits institutions in more than 50 countries.