Deborah A. Sesok-Pizzini, MD, MBA

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Deborah Ann Sesok-Pizzini, MD, MBA, is medical director of Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine and an attending physician with the Apheresis Program at CHOP.

Areas of Expertise: Apheresis and Blood Banking, Clinical Practice, Pediatric Transfusion, Transfusion Safety/Patient Safety
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Lab  Expertise

Clinical pathology
Blood bank and transfusion medicine
Laboratory management

Clinical Interests

Quality assurance
Continuous quality improvement
Patient safety

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, State College, PA, and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine at Camden, NJ


Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Patient Oriented Research, Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

American Board of Pathology/Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine
American Board of Pathology/Clinical Pathology

Undergraduate Degree

BA, Biology - Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

Graduate Degree

MBA - Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Medical Director, Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine

Attending Physician

Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Departments and Services

Research Interests

HLA Cellular Therapy
Curriculum development
Pediatric blood bank and transfusion medicine education
Pathology and lab medicine management education




Jobes D, Wolfe Y, O'Neill D, Calder J, Jones L, Sesok-Pizzini D, Zheng XL. Toward a definition of "fresh" whole blood: an in vitro characterization of coagulation properties in refrigerated whole blood for transfusion. Transfusion. 2010 Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print]. Read abstract


Sesok-Pizzini, DA, Bryan C, Downs K, College of American Pathologists Histocompatibility/Identity Testing Committee: The Purpose and Clinical Applications of Anti-A Titers. HL-C Educational Survey. College of American Pathologists (eds.). College of American Pathologists, October 2008 Notes: Educational Survey for HLA Proficiency Testing.


Theodosopoulos P, Sesok-Pizzini DA. Allogeneic Donor Deferrals: Keeping the Donor and Recipient Safe. American Society of Clinical Pathologists Check Sample: Transfusion Medicine. Christy Prahl, PhD (eds.). ASCP Press, TM 04-6(TM-274): 71-85, 2004.


Sesok-Pizzini DA, Disbot M. Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) in Healthcare American Society of Clinical Pathologists Check Sample: Transfusion Medicine. Susan Roseff (eds.). ASCP Press,(TM 06-1 (TM-285)), 1-13, January 2006.






Sesok-Pizzini DA, Friedman DF. Neonatal and infant platelet transfusion. Immunohematology.  Nance S, Westhoff CM (eds.). American Red Cross, National Headquarters, Washington DC, 24(1): 15-19, March 2008.


Bryan C, Polesky H, Eisenbrey AB, Sesok-Pizzini DA, Luger AM, Smith DM, Susskind BM. Implications of ABO error rates in proficiency testing for solid organ transplantation. Transplantation. Suthanthiran M (ed.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 82(6):733-736, September 2006.

Sesok-Pizzini DA, Friedman DF, Smith-Whitley K, Nance SJ. Transfusion support of patients with sickle cell disease at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Immunohematology. Nance S, Westhoff CM (eds.). American Red Cross, National Headquarters, Washington DC, 22(3): 121-125, December 2006.