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  • Friday, May 10, 2024 4:36 PM | Erin Reyes (Administrator)

    2024 Barb Gonnella Fostering Future Leaders Award Recipient

    Dr. Robert DeSimone

    Robert A. DeSimone, M.D., is Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine and Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.  He received his M.D. from Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2013.  He completed his residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2017 and a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at the New York Blood Center in 2018.  He joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in July 2018.

    Rob has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters. His areas of interest include blood donor-component-recipient linkages and quality improvement in transfusion medicine.  He is a passionate and effective teacher and is passionate about improving transfusion medicine.

    Rob has a strong commitment to BBANYS, having served on the Board of Directors since 2019, first as Secretary and now as President-Elect.  He has served in many leadership roles for BBANYS, including the 2023 Annual Meeting Chair.  In addition to his involvement in BBANYS, Rob is very active within the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB).

    Rob attributes much of his success in transfusion medicine to his wife, Wendy, and two children, Morgan and Dylan. 

    Please help us congratulate Rob on this amazing accomplishment! We will be presenting Rob with his award at next week's the 2024 BBANYS Annual Meeting.

  • 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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