Research Faculty

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New York, NY 10032

Phone: 212-342-4569
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Education and Training
1998 - Johns Hopkins University,
B.A. in Behavioral Biology
2007 - Columbia University College
of Physicians and Surgeons, M.D., PhD
2010 - Clinical Pathology Residency – New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia University Medical Center
2011 - Fellowship in Blood Banking
and Transfusion Medicine – New York
Blood Center

Board Certifications
American Board of Pathology –
Clinical Pathology – October 2010.
American Board of Pathology – Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine 2012

Richard Oscar Francis, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology
Research Summary

Using both human and animal studies we are investigating the pathophysiological consequences of oxidative stress that occurs during the refrigerated storage of red blood cells before transfusion.
Service Activities

Director, Special Hematology and Coagulation Laboratory, Columbia University Medical Center-NYPH
Selected Publications

Francis RO, Jhang JS, Pham HP, Hod EA, Zimring JC, Spitalnik SL. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency in transfusion medicine: the unknown risks. Vox Sanguinis. (2013); 105: 271-282.

Francis RO, Jhang J, Hendrickson JE, Zimring JC, Hod EA, Spitalnik SL. Frequency of
glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase-deficient red blood cell units in a metropolitan transfusion service. Transfusion. (2013); 53:606-611.

Raciti PM, Francis RO, Spitalnik PF, Schwartz J, Jhang JS. Acquired hemoglobin variants and exposure to glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficient red blood cell units during exchange transfusion for sickle cell disease in a patient requiring antigen-
matched blood. Journal of Clinical Apheresis. (2013); 28:325-329.

Zimring JC, Smith N, Stowell SR, Johnsen JM, Bell LN, Francis RO, Hod EA, Hendrickson JE, Roback JD, Spitalnik SL. Strain-specific RBC storage, metabolism, and eicosanoid generation in a mouse model. Transfusion published online May 30, (2013); DOI 10.1111/trf.12264.

Honors and Awards

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (awardee), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - 2013

The Dr. Joseph G. Fink Laboratory Medicine Faculty Teaching Award, Columbia University Medical Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology - 2013

Committees , Council, and Professional Society Memberships

Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS)

College of American Pathologists

American Society for Clinical Pathology

American Association of Blood Banks

Blood Banks Association of New York State

American Society of Hematology

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