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Program Description

The McLendon Clinical Laboratories of UNC Medical Center offer a comprehensive one-year training program in transfusion medicine. The fellowship program provides didactic and practical training in advanced immunohematology, therapeutic and donor apheresis, blood component donation, testing, preparation and storage, clinical coagulation, histocompatibility, hematopoietic progenitor cell collections and processing, and clinical support for an academic tertiary care hospital. Supported clinical programs include transplant programs in cellular therapies, liver, heart, lung, kidney, and pancreas. While the majority of time in the fellowship is spent at the UNC Medical Center, some time can be spent with the Carolinas Red Cross in either Charlotte or Durham. Currently, within our section, we are pursuing a variety of research projects in all areas of transfusion medicine that involve both residents and fellows. If desired, ample opportunities for clinical and basic science research, development, and collaborative projects are available. The training program’s policies and competency-based objectives are available online for review. We feel that we offer a very exciting fellowship in a beautiful location.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have an M.D./D.O. degree and be board eligible/certified in a relevant specialty.


Fellowship stipends are based on the trainee’s number of years of postdoctoral training and the current UNC Hospitals’ Housestaff salary scale.

Program Director

Matthew Karafin, MD, MS

Faculty Members

  • Yara Park, MD — Therapeutic apheresis; TTP; hematopoietic progenitor cell collection/processing; transfusion medicine
  • Herbert C. Whinna, MD, PhD — Clinical Coagulation; development and use of murine models to study hemostasis and thrombosis
  • Matthew Karafin, MD, MS — Therapeutic apheresis; Clinical and translational research studies aiming to improve the quality and efficacy of these treatments


An application form may be downloaded from the Office of Graduate Medical Education web site. The completed application form, three letters of recommendation, medical school transcript and a current curriculum vitae should be submitted to the program director, c/o Ms. Janice Badstein, at the address below. UNC Hospitals’ Housestaff Policies are available for review on the Graduate Medical Education web site.

For additional information, please contact…

Janice Badstein
McLendon Clinical Laboratories Administrative Offices
UNC Hospitals
101 Manning Drive, RM N1090
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Telephone: 984-974-1504
Fax: 984-974-1675