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 Friedman, DO
Mark Friedman, DO, Associate Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine Service, Mount Sinai Health System, Associate Professor of Pathology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Program Director, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-West Pathology Residency Program
How long have you been an AABB member?
I have been an AABB member since 1996.
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
As an AABB member, I actively participate in the Annual Meeting Education and the Patient Blood Management (PBM) Education Committees. Through these committees, I engage in the planning of educational content, both live sessions for the Annual Meeting and online eCast presentations for PBM. Most recently, I have taken on the role as the liaison for the PBM Education Committee to the eLearning Committee.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Although the AABB certainly provides a wealth of information through its various educational resources, including the Annual Meeting, online content, and publications, I have found that active participation through volunteer work in the various committees provides the most rewarding experiences as an AABB member and specialist in the field of transfusion medicine. As a result, I have been able to meet and work with others who share similar interests in transfusion medicine and patient blood management. One example is that I participated in a project along with a small group of other transfusion medicine physicians, PBM program directors/managers, and transfusion safety officers in which we were assigned to visit hospital PBM programs to evaluate best practices toward establishing PBM certification. I visited three hospitals in different regions of the U.S., and it was such a great experience to see firsthand how different PBM programs operate as well as to share ideas and network. Without the AABB committees and opportunities to volunteer, I would not have been able to participate in such a unique and engaging experience.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
Volunteer work in the AABB has substantially broadened my horizons as a professional. It has provided me with a broader network of professionals with whom I can interact with and share ideas. Furthermore, it has given me motivation to volunteer within other regional organizations that I belong to.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
I have learned that although all of us are quite busy professionals, just sparing even a little bit of time for volunteer work can make a big impact; one can accomplish more by working within a larger team of other committee volunteers than working alone. I would advise others who might be thinking about volunteering though hesitant because of their busy schedule, to just go ahead and join a committee: one thing will lead to another and eventually you will find that it becomes not so overwhelming to fit in volunteer activities into your regular work schedule. Ultimately, I believe that when you will look back on your career one day in the not-so-distant future, you will realize that volunteering was one of the more satisfying commitments that you engaged in.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know?
When I get a break from the busy work schedule, I enjoy family life out on Long Island with my wife, son, daughter, and Siberian Husky. I spend a lot of time watching my son’s high school ice hockey team and the NHL Islanders. I am also a lousy golfer, but I find that I can forget about all of the bad slices and hook shots into the rough or sand, lost balls, and missed putts if I can just happen to hit that one really nice, arching, 5-iron shot from about 150 yards out on the fairway squarely onto the green for an easy par putt.
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