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The Penn Blood Center

The dual mission of the Penn Blood Center (PBC) is to provide a full spectrum of care to adults with non-malignant hematologic disorders and to improve outcomes for patients with these disorders through basic and clinical research. Services for children with blood disorders are available at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Services for Adult Patients in the Blood Center

The PBC provides a comprehensive range of clinical services including:

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic and clinical care, including routine appointments and acute care, to adult patients of all ages
  • In-clinic phlebotomy
  • An infusion suite, located steps away from the PBC, for apheresis and administration of intravenous medications and blood products
  • Coordination of referrals with specialty and subspecialty providers
  • Availability of hematology physicians for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Penn Difference: PBC Marks of Excellence

  • PBC hematologists are international experts in their fields, having published numerous articles and book chapters and delivered lectures around the world on platelet, red blood cell, bone marrow failure, and bleeding and clotting disorders
  • PBC hematologists conduct cutting-edge laboratory and clinical research in blood disorders
  • Patients benefit from the opportunity to participate in research involving innovative treatments for non-malignant hematologic disorders
  • Housed within the PBC is the Penn Comprehensive Hemophilia Program (PCHP), a nationally designated comprehensive hemophilia center specializing in the care of patients with congenital bleeding disorders

Preparing for and Making an Appointment

Penn hematologists accept most health plans. However, patients should check with their insurance company to make sure their insurance coverage is accepted at Penn Medicine. In addition, some insurers require a referral from the primary care provider for visits with specialists.

To make an appointment with a hematologist, please call 800-789-7366 (PENN).

PBC physicians prefer to review medical records before the appointment. Patients should request their medical records from non-Penn physicians be sent to PBC in advance of their appointment. PBC has access to records from doctors within Penn Medicine.

The following is a list of records needed to ensure a complete and thorough consultation with a Penn hematologist:

  • Results of recent laboratory and blood tests, pathology and radiology reports. These can be requested from hospital and physician's office.
  • Recent notes from the other physicians, particularly notes from other hematologists that patients have seen and from the referring physician.
  • Charts from any recent hospitalization or medical records from any inpatient hospitalization.

Patients are seen by a hematologist, a physician specializing in diseases of the blood, and may also see a:

  • Medical assistant: Shows patients to an exam room, takes vital signs and assists with the completion of paper work. If blood work is needed, the medical assistant may draw blood.
  • Registered nurse: May take vital signs and ask questions about medical history, medications and allergies, and how patients are feeling.
  • Hematology fellow: A physician undergoing specialized training in the field of hematology.

Because Penn specialists want to be thorough, a new patient visit may include lab work and additional tests. Patients should allow up to 90 minutes for their first visit and arrive 30 minutes prior to their appointment time.

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Treatment Team

Meet the members of Penn's Classical (Non-Malignant) Hematology Program.

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