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Currently recruiting for July 1, 2025 start date

July 1, 2026 start date has been filled.


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. 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 one level above the trainee’s core residency program training years and the current UNC Hospitals’ Housestaff salary scale.

Program Director

Matthew Karafin, MD, MS

Faculty Members

  • Mariama Evans, MD — Therapeutic apheresis; TTP; hematopoietic progenitor cell collection/processing; transfusion medicine
  • Yara Park, MD — Therapeutic apheresis; TTP; hematopoietic progenitor cell collection/processing; transfusion medicine
  • Danielle Maracaja, MD, MS — Clinical Coagulation, transfusion medicine, and hematopathology
  • Matthew Karafin, MD, MS — Therapeutic apheresis; Clinical and translational research studies aiming to improve the quality and efficacy of these treatments


To begin the application process, email the fellowship coordinator, listed below, with your curriculum vitae and personal statement.  In the email, please provide your personal email address (may not be an institutional email) and an electronic application will be sent to your personal email address.  Additional items that are required to complete the application include your medical school transcript, a letter of recommendation from your current program director, and two additional letters of recommendation from faculty members at your current institution.  Letters may be sent electronically, but are required to be on institutional letterhead and signed by the referree.

For additional information, please contact…

Janice Badstein | Program Coordinator
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Campus Box 7525
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7525
Phone:  919-966-4678