(Philadelphia, PA) - Deborah A. Sesok-Pizzini, MD, has joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as an Assistant Professor.

In 1989, Dr. Pizzini graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, with a BA in Biology. She earned her MD from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and is presently in the MBA program at Villanova University. She performed her residency in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; her Patient Oriented Research Fellowship in the Department of Medicine; and her Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine Fellowship, all at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Dr. Pizzini's research focuses on Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA) as they relate to the clinical aspects of bone marrow transplantation, solid organ transplantation, and platelet alloimmunization. At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she is the Assistant Director of the Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine Section and Director of the Stem Cell Laboratory. She helps coordinate the Blood Bank and Apheresis/Infusion Unit's participation in extra-departmental sponsored clinical trials.

She is a member of many professional organizations including the American Association of Blood Banks, College of American Pathologists and the American Society for Clinical Pathologists. Her accolades include the Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and the Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Award from the American Association of Blood Banks, among others.
Dr. Pizzini is a diplomate for the American Board of Pathology in Blood Banking, Transfusion Medicine, and Clinical Pathology. She has been invited to lecture on several occasions, most recently at the Internal Medicine Review Board Course at MCP Hahnemann University on the topic, "Bleeding Disorders: Thrombophilia: Prothrombotic Disorders."


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