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Transfusion Medicine & Blood Banking

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Transfusion medicine is involved in all aspects of blood component therapy—from donor recruitment, selection and collection to donor testing, product manufacture, and therapeutic apheresis. Our medical directorship is engaged in setting guidelines and providing recommendations on evidence-based hemotherapy decisions.

Our physicians provide direct patient care on a consultative basis and are engaged in the evaluation and management of patients with transfusion reactions, platelet refractoriness and those in whom therapeutic apheresis is indicated, as well as patients requiring specialized component therapy or transfusion alternatives.   

Our division oversees collection activities at two, donor centers and a mobile collection unit that together collect more than 20,000 red blood cell, plasma and apheresis platelet units annually.

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Services are available in the following areas:

  • Red blood cell type and screening, antibody identification, crossmatching and direct antihuman globulin testing
  • Blood donor recruitment
  • Donor selection, testing and collection
  • Blood component manufacture
  • Blood component and tissue inventory management
  • Establishment of evidence-based hemotherapy recommendations
  • Patient care
    • Consultative basis therapeutic apheresis
    • Transfusion reactions
    • Specialized component requirements
    • Transfusion alternatives
    • Platelet refractoriness

Educational opportunities include:

  • Our laboratory technologists and transfusion medicine physicians participate in the education and training of: 
    • Students enrolled in the UC Irvine Health certified laboratory scientist (CLS) program
    • Medical students, residents and fellows
    • Nursing staff and other allied health professionals
  • Involvement in the UC Irvine Health Speaker’s Bureau

Research

  • Platelet therapy and patient blood management

Faculty

Irina Maramica
Irina Maramica, MD, PhD, MBA
Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine & Blood Banking

Minh-Ha Tran
Minh-Ha Tran, DO, FASCP
Associate Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine & Blood Banking

Contact Information

Location and General Inquiries
UC Irvine Health
Building 54
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714.456.5716
Fax: 714.456.8340

Pathology Requests and Reports
Phone: 714.456.5716

Medical Director
Irina Maramica, MD, PhD, MBA
Phone: 714.456.6839

Associate Medical Director
Minh-Ha Tran, DO, FASCP
Phone: 714.456.8925

Laboratory Supervisor
Christine Sandoval, MT

Blood Donor Center Manager
Susan Angel, RN