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Program Overview

The program's mission is to develop transfusion medicine physicians who provide patient-centered care, are effective educators, ensure regulatory compliance, and advance the field through scholarly activity. The program's focus is state-of-the-art transfusion medicine for the greater Sacramento region. The program's mission mirrors that of UC Health which is to improve the health of all people living in California now and in the future.

The program aims to:

  • Expose fellows to a broad breadth of diseases that are typically encountered by transfusion medicine physicians.
  • Expose fellows to a diverse patient population.
  • Provide fellows with a vast array of teaching opportunities.
  • Develop strong collaboration with non-physician staff.
  • Ensure opportunities for scholarly activity.
  • Encourage involvement with quality improvement activities in transfusion medicine.


  • Transfusion Services Rotation (approximately 10 months):  alternating weekly coverage of apheresis and blood bank.  The fellow also periodically rotates through hemophilia/thrombophilia clinic.
  • Stanford Health Care and Stanford Blood Center (approximately 3 weeks):  enhanced experience in immunohematology, blood donor care, and blood product manufacturing.
  • Scholarly Activity/Research:  1 month

Program Director

David Unold, M.D.

Candidate must be board-eligible or certified in clinical pathology, hematology, or anesthesiology at the time s/he begins the fellowship program. Board-eligibility or certification in another clinical specialty or subspecialty will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Program Requirements (PDF link)

Currently Accepting Applications for 2025-2026 and 2026-2027

The program utilizes the College of American Pathologists Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships which can be found here (PDF).

Completed applications consist of the following and must include all gaps of time regardless of professional or personal:

  • CV
  • CAP standardized form
  • personal statement/letter of interest or intent
  • three letters of recommendation (one must be from your Residency Program Director). Original letters do not need to be sent via regular mail if emailed directly from author or program coordinator.

Please address to David Unold, M.D., Director, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship.

Please submit all application materials to Damaris Rodriguez, Fellowship Program Coordinator at: