Transfusion Medicine Fellowship


John Daniels D.O. (Director) Leslie Greebon M.D.
Kelley Hitchman, MS, Ph.D Brad Brimhall, M.D., M.P.H.

The UT Health San Antonio offers a one-year Transfusion Medicine Fellowship that is fully accredited by the ACGME. The fellowship accepts one trainee per academic year with a structured curriculum and dedicated teaching staff. During training, the fellow receives training in immunohematology, histocompatibility, paternity testing, donor center supervision, therapeutic apheresis, transfusion therapy, hemostasis, flow cytometry, and molecular pathology. The training is based upon participation of daily activities, consultations, various elective experiences as well as didactic teaching. The primary teaching site is a tertiary care teaching hospital, University Hospital System (UHS), which is a 716-bed teaching hospital that provides transfusion services to diverse adult and pediatric patient populations:

  • Trauma (Level I trauma center)
  • Solid organ transplant (liver, lung, kidney, pancreas)
  • General surgery and Specialty surgery services
  • Hematology & oncology
  • High risk obstetrical program
  • High risk neonatal program (NICU Level I-IV)
  • General acute care and intensive care units

At UHS, annually, over 18,000 red cell units, 8,000 plasma units and 4,000 platelet doses are transfused. In addition, Transfusion medicine oversees the therapeutic apheresis program, where over 400 therapeutic apheresis procedures and red cell exchanges are performed annually for various diseases. The hospital based donor services collects whole blood and apheresis-based allogeneic blood products from over 5,000 donors annually. A fellowship-affiliated hospital located across the street from the primary site (South Texas Veterans Health Care System) is a national referral center for bone marrow transplantation. Exposure to the operations of a larger scale donor center, donor infectious disease testing and allogeneic tissue is provided at the subsidiaries of BioBridge Global, which is located 5 miles from the primary site. Paternity testing experience is obtained through the DNA reference laboratory located in San Antonio.

Requirements: ACGME accredited residency completion with Board eligibility or certification in clinical pathology, internal medicine, pediatrics or other related fields.

Number of positions: One

Recruitment Status:
Academic year 2023-2024: Filled
Academic year 2024-2025: One Position Available

Facilities: University Hospital, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, DNA Reference Laboratory, Inc.

Stipends: Commensurate with level of training

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Information on Living in San Antonio

Current Transfusion Medicine Fellow

Vipulkumar Prajapati, M.D.
Medical School: Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Medical College, Rajkot, 2006
Other Graduate School:  B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad Gujarat, India, 2011
Hometown:  Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

1. “Why Pathology”  I strongly believe that lives can be saved by correct diagnoses which is a complex task that requires gathering and integrating information, a big challenge that I would love to enjoy facing. As a pathologist, I will have the unique opportunity to work with physicians of every specialty, to deal with diseases of every organ system, and to combine clinical with morphological, biochemical, and even molecular findings.
2. Why did you choose UT Health San Antonio? The main reason for selecting this program is the well-known and highly knowledgeable faculties and I will have the privilege to get trained under their able guidance. Additional UT Health, San Antonio is one of the highly reputed universities of the USA.
3. What do you like about living in San Antonio?  The best thing about San Antonio is – the people, they are very cooperative, well coming, and enjoy life at fullest. I also like the weather of San Antonio, which is similar to my home country India. Additionally, San Antonio has many good restaurants serving different kinds of food and being a foodie person, I really love that.


Send inquiries to:

John Daniels, M.D.
Director of Transfusion Medicine
Department of Pathology
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900


Anaiza Rodriguez MPH
GME Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UT Health San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive MC 7750
San Antonio, TX 78229
Voice:  210-567-4115