The Center for Transfusion-Free Medicine is a type of medical practice at Penn in Philadelphia that uses no blood products or transfusions during surgery, also known as bloodless medicine. 

Team of surgeons

Nationally Recognized

The Center for Transfusion-Free Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia is a premiere interdisciplinary bloodless medicine program for patients who prefer no blood methods of medical and surgical treatment.

Our Approach

Under the leadership of the Center for Transfusion-Free Medicine's Founder and Medical Director, Patricia Ford, MD, the bloodless medicine program at Penn is often cited as the model program for best practice in patient blood management by healthcare professionals and organizations throughout the country and the world.

Dr. Patricia Ford is an international expert on bloodless medicine and bloodless surgery. Dr. Ford performed the world's first bloodless stem cell transplant more than 15 years ago, and established the bloodless medicine program at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1996 to treat patients who do not wish to accept blood transfusions for religious, personal, medical or ethical reasons.

Since it was founded, the Center for Transfusion-Free Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital has evolved into a major national bloodless center that treats more than 600 patients per year.

About the Center

The Center for Transfusion-Free Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia offers comprehensive options for patients seeking alternatives to blood transfusions, no blood surgery and medical management conditions without the use of blood or blood products, also know as bloodless medicine. 

Management Techniques

Click here to learn about bloodless medicine practices that may provide alternatives to blood transfusions (no blood).

News and Multimedia

Watch videos and news about The Center for Transfusion-Free Medicine and access the center's recent newsletters.

Our Staff

The Center for Transfusion-Free Medicine at Penn Medicine provides patients with "no blood" services from highly skilled specialists and surgeons trained in bloodless medicine and bloodless surgery.

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