You can’t move forward until you see where you’ve been! Dr. Harvey Klein has seen massive changes in Transfusion Medicine, and he joins us to look at the past, present, and future!

Dr. Harvey Klein

What do you ask someone whom you have admired for 20+ years? If you had the chance to talk to someone who lived through the HIV blood disaster, saw the development of the apheresis machine from almost the very beginning, and was the first person in the U.S. to promote the term, “Transfusion Medicine,” what would your questions be? Obviously, you would ask him to tell his stories! Dr. Harvey Klein shares those stories and more in the “Past” part of this interview.

Harvey does not just live in the past, however! He has published several articles in regard to our present and future state in transfusion medicine that have gotten lots of recent attention (see links to these articles below), and he’s willing to stir up a little trouble if he needs to! In the “Present” and “Future” portions of the interview, Dr. Klein shares his views on some of the accomplishments and challenges facing Transfusion Medicine. His thoughts may open your eyes to things you never knew! You do NOT want to miss this one!

About My Guest:

Harvey G. Klein graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After an internship, residency and fellowship in hematology at Hopkins, Dr. Klein came to the National Institutes of Health in 1973, becoming chief of the Clinical Center’s Department of Transfusion Medicine in 1984.

Dr. Klein is known nationally and internationally for his expertise in blood transfusion. He is widely published on such topics as transfusion­-transmitted disease, management of immunosuppressive effects of blood transfusion, blood storage, and the impact of biotechnology on transfusion medicine. He co­authored the eleventh edition of Mollison’s textbook, “Blood Transfusion in Clinical Medicine,” and has held editorial roles with several publications, including Blood, Transfusion, Transfusion Medicine Reviews, and the Journal of Clinical Apheresis.

Dr. Klein, a former AABB president, was chosen as the 2017 Bernard Fantus Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the AABB, recognizing his “numerous, outstanding contributions to the scientific basis and/or clinical practice of blood banking and transfusion medicine during the preceding 50 years.”

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this episode are those of my guest and I alone, and do not reflect those of the organizations with which either of us is affiliated. Neither Dr. Klein nor I have any relevant financial disclosures.

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