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  • Thursday, March 21, 2024 9:31 AM | Blood Banks (Administrator)

    Dear BBANYS Members,

    Do you know someone who is an up-and-coming leader in the field of transfusion medicine?  Someone who has really stepped up and shown leadership and innovation?  Recognize their efforts and nominate them for the Barb Gonnella Fostering Future Leaders Award!  This Award includes complimentary admission to the BBANYS Annual Meeting.

    Nominees must meet the following qualifications:

    • BBANYS member in good standing (including Student members)
    • Blood bank/transfusion professional for less than 10 years
    • Demonstrated leadership and/or innovation in an aspect of improving quality in transfusion medicine

    Nominations may be submitted by any member in good standing; self-nominations are acceptable.

    Nominations are due by Friday, April 19, 2024.


    About Barb Gonnella:

    Barb was a dedicated leader who was active in many aspects of the BBANYS, including the coordination of the newsletter and the annual meetings.  The Barb Gonnella Fostering Future Leaders Award is presented in memory of Barb Gonnella’s contributions to BBANYS.

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 2:56 PM | Erin Reyes (Administrator)

    2024 BBANYS Annual Meeting

    Patient Blood Management and Apheresis
    Thursday, May 16 - Friday, May 17, 2024
    Marriott Syracuse Downtown
    Syracuse, New York

    Share your blood banking and transfusion medicine research with colleagues who are working to improve the safety, efficacy, and proper utilization of blood products.  Transfusion medicine, cellular therapy, and patient blood management, including research, clinical, educational, or administrative topics/projects are welcome. Investigators at all career stages are encouraged to submit abstracts.

    Speakers selected to present will give a poster presentation at the 2024 Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 16 in Syracuse.  Prizes will be given to the top poster presentations, and these speakers will also be selected to present at a special oral presentation webinar at a NEW! virtual BBANYS Education Event on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 2 pm Eastern Time.  You will be advised of your selection status, and if chosen, your specific presentation time.  A schedule of speakers will be announced at the BBANYS Annual Meeting.

    Poster abstract submissions are due by April 22, 2024.

    Submit Your Abstract

    Register for the Annual Meeting!

    Discounted registration ends May 9th.

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2024 12:20 PM | Blood Banks (Administrator)

    Over the last several years, BBANYS has been working on expanding its scope to better serve our community beyond blood banking professionals.  In order to truly be more inclusive to the transfusion and cellular therapy community, we decided it was time to update the statements that define us as an organization.

    So, it is with great pleasure that we introduce the new tagline and mission statement for BBANYS:

    Tagline: "Driving Excellence in Transfusion and Cellular Therapy"

    Mission Statement: "Uniting and educating all health care professionals in transfusion medicine, cellular therapy, and apheresis to ensure the highest standards of patient health and safety from donor to recipient."

    Look for these changes throughout our website, social media, and other publications, and help us sincerely embrace this new era for BBANYS and our entire transfusion and cellular therapy community.

    If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to us at

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023 12:34 PM | Erin Reyes (Administrator)

    The ASCP 40 Under Forty program recognizes members under the age of 40 for their achievements and leadership qualities that are making an impact on pathology and laboratory medicine. Forty pathologists, laboratory professionals, and residents are chosen annually through an application or nomination process. The program has recognized worthy members of the laboratory team both nationally and internationally. From the 40 Under Forty honorees, five individuals are selected as the 40 Under Forty Top Five through public voting and committee selection.

    Congratulations to Tobias Cohen, MD, PhD, FASCP, BBANYS Board Member and Young Professionals Representative, for making the list!

    Below, learn more about Dr. Cohen's accomplishments, and cast your vote to help him reach the ASCP 40 Under Forty Top Five by July 18, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

    Tobias Cohen, MD, PhD, FASCP, is currently a fellow in Transfusion Medicine at the New York Blood Center and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, New York, and is board-certified in clinical pathology. He completed his pathology residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he served as Clinical Pathology Chief Resident and was awarded the Distinguished Housestaff Award for all-around excellence. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors in biology and classics from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Cohen graduated with distinction in research from the combined MD/PhD program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, earning his PhD in the laboratory of Domenico Tortorella, PhD, studying cytomegalovirus infection to characterize potential new therapeutic targets and drugs.

    Dr. Cohen will be joining Weill Cornell Medicine as assistant director of transfusion medicine and cellular therapy and as assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, where he will continue to push the field of transfusion medicine forward through endeavors such as a clinical trial to study INTERCEPT Fibrinogen Complex and leveraging technologies like Haemonetic’s BloodTrack software and Haemobank refrigerators to address staffing shortages.

    Dr. Cohen serves on the board of directors of the Blood Banks Association of New York State and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies. He is particularly passionate about increasing the visibility of pathology and laboratory medicine in health care so that everyone involved, from laboratory assistants to medical directors, is appreciated for the critical roles they play in patients receiving the highest quality care possible.


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