Science Advisors

The Company’s Scientific Advisors are experts in pathology, blood banking transfusion medicine, and anesthesiology. Past and current Advisors’ work experience includes leadership positions at The Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, New York University, University of North Carolina, University of Miami, the University of Rochester and Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Florida-Gainsville.

Maureane R. Hoffman, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Hoffman is a tenured Professor of Pathology at Duke, and Director of the Hematology, Transfusion Service, and Clinical Chemistry Laboratories at the Durham VA Medical Center.  Dr. Hoffman’s research focuses on the role of cellular features in controlling hemostasis and thrombosis. Her work in collaboration with Dr. Harold Roberts and others has led to the development of an in-vitro cell-based model that mimics many aspects of hemostasis in-vivo.  She has authored or co-authored over 115 journal articles and has lectured extensively on the laboratory aspects of coagulation.

Mark Lifshitz, M.D. Dr. Lifshitz serves as Clinical Professor Pathology, Director of Cancer Center Laboratories, and Assistant Director of Clinical Laboratories at the New York University Medical Center. He is a leading expert on blood bank management and medical equipment, with four books and 14 book chapters published on these topics. His 80 published articles focus on medical equipment and devices, particularly blood analyzers.

Kandice Kottke-Marchant, M.D., Ph.D.  Dr. Kottke-Marchant is Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute, Chair and Section Head of Hemostasis and Thrombosis in the Clinical Pathology Department at Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio.  Dr. Kottke-Marchant has served as President of the International Society for Laboratory Hematology, a member of the Coagulation Resource Committee of the College of American Pathologists, and a member of the hematology testing committee of the American Board of Pathology. She is the author and co-author of over 250 articles, abstracts, and book chapters.  She is the editor of the textbook An Algorithmic Approach to Hemostasis Testing.

Bruce Davis Spiess, M.D.    Dr. Spiess is Professor with Tenure, Department of Anesthesiology, and Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Reanimation Engineering Shock Center (VCURES).  He has been a visiting professor lecturing on transfusion at Oxford University, Harvard, The Cleveland Clinic, and The Mayo Clinic as well as many other major academic institutions.  Dr. Spiess serves on the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO) special task force on blood utilization and has pioneered efforts to reduce unnecessary transfusions worldwide, and within Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is Chair of the Hospital-wide Blood Utilization Committee as well as the Operating Rooms Laboratories/Satellite Blood Bank.

Dr. Spiess has created and drives the blood transfusion reduction program (PET Program – Practicing Excellence in Transfusion) at VCU.  Dr. Spiess has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific research publications and is the lead editor of Perioperative Transfusion Medicine, an authoritative textbook on blood usage in the perioperative period.