Bethesda, Md. – Darrell J. Triulzi, MD, professor of pathology at the University of Pittsburgh and medical director of the Institute for Transfusion Medicine, was elected president of AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) for the 2011-2012 term, succeeding James P. AuBuchon, MD, FCAP, FRCP(Edin). Dr. Triulzi assumed his new role at the Annual Meeting and CTTXPO in San Diego, Calif., on Oct. 25.
Dr. Triulzi serves as director of the Division of Transfusion Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, as the medical director of the Institute for Transfusion Medicine and as director of its Centralized Transfusion Service, which serves 16 hospitals in the Pittsburgh region. He has been a member of AABB since 1987 and has served on the Standards Committee and the Technical Manual Committee.
Dr. Triulzi holds several grants, and serves as a principal investigator for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Transfusion Medicine/Hemostasis Clinical Trials Network and for the NHLBI Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study – III, or REDS III, network. In addition to being on the editorial board of Transfusion, he has numerous publications in the field of transfusion medicine and has been recognized for his expertise in transfusion support of organ transplant recipients, leukoreduction and developing a model for centralized transfusion services.
Furthermore, he has served in an advisory capacity for numerous government and professional panels, including the American Board of Pathology Test Committee on Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability.
Dr. Triulzi received his medical degree at Albany Medical College and went on to do an internal medicine internship at the University of Pittsburgh and a pathology residency at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital. He completed a fellowship in transfusion medicine and blood banking at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
AABB also elected Susan L. Stramer, PhD, as president-elect, Graham Sher, MD, PhD, as vice president, Lynne Uhl, MD, as secretary and Zbigniew Szczepiorkowski, MD, PhD, as treasurer of the AABB Board of Directors.
To view the complete list of the AABB Board of Directors, visit: www.aabb.org > About AABB > Governance and Policies.
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of nearly 2,000 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries. For more information, please visit www.aabb.org.