Transfusion Medicine Pathology Fellowship


The mission of our ACGME-accredited training program is to prepare physicians for the specialized practice of Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine. Upon completion of our program, trainees will be qualified and ready to take on the responsibilities of Medical Director of a transfusion service, either hospital-based or at a regional blood center.

Transfusion medicine has evolved into the clinical practice of a multi-dimensional field that incorporates elements of blood banking, immunohematology, apheresis, cell therapy, coagulation, and hematology.

Our hospital-based transfusion service provides a full exposure to adult, obstetric, pediatric, and neonatal patients in the inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings. Practical experience is gained through antibody identification and complex serologic evaluations, transfusion reactions, blood component inventory analysis, apheresis consultations and procedures, massive transfusion support, and reference lab cases. Stanford’s fellowship offers access to a hospital-based Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL) and close association with our blood supplier, Stanford Blood Center. An important component of the transfusion medicine-training program, both in practical experience and in core curriculum, occurs at the Stanford Blood Center and through its medical and technical staff. Fellows will rotate at the Blood Center and take call for issues relevant to donor screening and testing.

Additional rotations provided by the fellowship include experience within the HLA laboratory, stem cell collection & processing, coagulation, and RBC special studies. The program provides access to several additional opportunities within the Department of Pathology or other clinical areas and the flexibility to tailor a training program that aligns with each fellow’s career goals.

The Transfusion Medicine Fellowship accepts applicants from qualified candidates. To be eligible you must be board certified or eligible in a primary specialty (Clinical Pathology, Hematology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, or Anesthesiology) for certification by the American Boards of Pathology.

Mrigender Virk, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology
Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program

Transfusion Medicine Faculty

 Mrigender Virk, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology (Transfusion Medicine)
Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program

Dr. Mrigender Virk completed his residency in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology at Georgetown University before joining Stanford for his Transfusion Medicine Fellowship. After completion of the fellowship, Dr. Virk joined the Department of Pathology as a Clinical Assistant Professor for Transfusion Medicine.

Current Transfusion Medicine Fellows [2023-24]

Christopher Shin, MD

Medical School: Suny Downstate College of Medicine; Residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University

Josh Nicholas, MD

Medical School: University of Calgary; Residency: University of Calgary

Junaid Wali, MBBS

Medical School: King Edward Medical University; Residency: University of Buffalo

Graduated Transfusion Medicine Fellows