D. Joe Chaffin, MD

Senior Consultant in Transfusion Medicine

Email:  joe.chaffin@cshs.org
Phone: 310-423-5418


  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Clinical Pathology

Education and Training

  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA; MD
  • Transitional internship, Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco, CA
  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC

Medical Board Certification

  • Board Certified, Anatomic Pathology
  • Board Certified, Clinical Pathology
  • Board Certified, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Blood donor collection and management
  • Transfusion reaction diagnosis and management
  • Immunohematology

Awards and Activities

  • Founder, Blood Bank Guy website
  • 2012-13 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Primary transfusion medicine lecturer, Osler Institute, Terre Haute, IN since 1996
  • 2012 Larry Trow Memorial Education Award; South Central Association of Blood Banking
  • Former Medical Director/VP Medical Affairs, Bonfils Blood Center, Denver, CO

Selected Publications

  • "Broken Hearts and TRALI (Editorial)," CC Silliman and DJ Chaffin, Critical Care Medicine, 2012.  Critical Care Med. 2012 Oct;40(10):2909-10.
  • Measures to Prevent Transfusion-related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI), HW Reesink…DJ Chaffin, et al. Vox Sanguinis, 2012, Vox Sanguinis. 2012 Oct;103(3):231-59
  • Gribble DM, Chaffin DJ, Bryant BJ. Cost-effectiveness of FDA variance for blood collection from individuals with hereditary hemochromatosis at a 398-bed hospital-based donor center. Immunohematology. 2009;25:170-3.
  • "Blood Groups," "Blood Component Therapy," and "Blood Donation," D. Joe Chaffin, MD; Chapters in Clinical Laboratory Pearls, SL Jones, ed, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 2001

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