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Clinical Programs

Clinical Pathology

The Hematology and Coagulation Laboratory at Temple University Hospital provides subspecialty diagnostic evaluation for hematolymphoid disorders including peripheral blood, bone marrow, lymph node, and body fluid analysis. Coagulation laboratory subdivision provides routine and special coagulation testing for evaluation of homeostasis and thrombotic disorders.

Faculty

  • Ashish Bains, MD (Director)
  • Mohamed Alsammak, MD

The Clinical Chemistry Laboratory measures numerous analytes and disease biomarkers in serum and other bodily fluids, and further helps clinicians interpret unexpected test results. It performs approximately 800 000 tests per year and is  equipped with the Beckman Coulter Power Processor, a robotized specimen processing-line that automatically transports, centrifuges, and aliquots specimens as necessary, from the accessioning station to the correct instrument, and then back to the stockyard for storage. Specimens can be automatically retrieved and re-sent for further testing as needed. The entire system has been designed to ensure a rapid turnaround time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week 365 days a year.

The Point-of-Care (POC) Testing Service is part of the clinical laboratory and performs approximately 350 000 tests per year. Testing is carried out by healthcare workers using small, often hand-held, sophisticated diagnostics instruments on the patient at their bedside in both outpatient and inpatient settings in order to obtain fast results to identify disease and better manage the patient. Point-of-Care instruments currently straddle the fields of chemical pathology, hematology/coagulation and microbiology, but it is a rapidly expanding field and in the future, may well cover other disciplines.

Faculty

  • Adil I. Khan M.Sc., PhD (Director, POCT/Clinical Chemistry)

Transfusion Medicine (Blood Bank) section has very active transfusion service (transfusions: 25,000+units/year) providing transfusion support to four hospitals: Temple University Hospital (TUH), Northeastern Hospital, Episcopal Hospital and Shriners Hospital. TUH has active transplant services (heart, lung, liver and renal), Level I Trauma Center (more than 200 trauma cases/month; 30-35 massive transfusions/year), Labor and Delivery (~3,000 births/year) and Hematology/Oncology Units, ER, ICUs and other programs.

In addition, Transfusion Medicine also provides therapeutic apheresis service with ~253 apheresis procedures/year

Faculty

  • Mohamed Alsammak, MD, Associate Director, Transfusion Medicine
  • Edward Yoon, MD, Associate Director, Blood Bank

Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Division

The TUH Clinical Microbiology and Immunology laboratories provide a full range of services in the following disciplines: Bacteriology, Virology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, and Immunology. Rapid molecular diagnostics assays are utilized where possible for optimal patient care. The faculties of the section provide diagnostic consultation about appropriate specimens, interpretation of results and diagnosis of emerging infectious disease. The Clinical Microbiology section participates in the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Infection Prevention Control Committee and provides assistance in surveillance, outbreak detection and management and antimicrobial stewardship. The Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Laboratories actively contribute to the mission of Temple University Hospital (service, teaching and research), a 721-bed hospital, the chief clinical training site for Lewis Katz School of Medicine and globally recognized transplant centers.

Faculty

  • Raghava Potula, MHA.,PhD, Director, Clinical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Kaede Ota Sullivan, M.D.,M.Sc., Assistant Director Microbiology, Virology, Immunology    
  • Allan L Truant, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Immunogenetics Laboratory

The Immunogenetics Laboratory supports the Temple transplant HLA testing requirements for heart, liver, lung, kidney, pancreas, and bone marrow programs, HLA disease and hypersensitivity associations, and platelet and TRALI Transfusion Medicine needs. The lab performs high and low resolution HLA molecular typing, HLA antibody identification, virtual and Flow cytometer T and B cell crossmatches. The staff monitors the HLA antibody status of patients pre and post-transplant, and provides an estimated risk of antibody mediated rejection, to protect transplant patient safety and improve transplant outcomes.

Faculty

  • Steven S. Geier, PhD (Director)

Molecular Pathology Laboratory

The Molecular Pathology Laboratory is a diagnostic division that performs clinical molecular tests for a variety of clinical indications. Applications include, among others, infectious diseases testing and diagnosis of hereditary predisposition to thrombosis. Molecular tests for diagnosis and monitoring of hematopoietic and solid tumors are currently under development.

Faculty

  • Ashish Bains, MD (Interim Director)
  • Olga Timofeeva, Ph.d, D(ABHI), Director  Molecular