Dr Joseph Schwartz
As the Director of the Transfusion Medicine & Cellular Therapy section at the Columbia University Medical Center Campus of the New-York Presbyterian I have several roles. I have administrative responsibility overseeing all of the activities of the section, which includes the Children’s Hospital of New York (CHONY). In this role, I oversee all clinical laboratory testing related to transfusion for adult and pediatric inpatients and outpatients on our campus, including decision making on all blood products purchasing and introduction of new technologies either for testing ( e.g. automation) or blood products ( e.g. pathogen reduction). Clinically, I also function as an attending physician on our Transfusion Medicine and Cell Therapy Service, where I provide care to our highly complex adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients including solid organ & bone marrow transplantation. Furthermore, since my arrival at Columbia University Medical Center, I oversee the cell therapy facility and the collection facility and as such am familiar with all aspects of Stem Cell Transplantation. Those include being a transplant center for adults and pediatric bone marrow transplantation units; procurements of stem cells for transplantation from bone marrow and apheresis (peripheral blood). My current research interests involve clinical translation research in the areas of Transfusion Medicine, apheresis & Cellular therapy. For example, the cell therapy facility is participating in many clinical trials incorporating the use of cell therapy into various arenas such as new indications (Cell/Gene Therapy for Sickle cell disease). In addition, I have a broad background in both the donor and the recipient aspects of transfusion medicine & stem cell transplantation. Finally, I educate graduate students, medical students, pathology residents, and transfusion medicine fellows.