Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy

Practicing Excellence in Transfusion Therapy


Susan D. Roseff, M.D.

Dr. Susan Roseff, medical director of transfusion medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and an associate professor of pathology at the VCU School of Medicine, joined the faculty in 2000. Her areas of interest include transfusion reduction, pediatric transfusion therapy and therapeutic apheresis. She is board certified in clinical pathology and has subspecialty certification in blood banking and transfusion medicine.

Prior to her current position, she worked for the American Red Cross, Biomedical Services, serving as the medical director of the Tennessee Valley, Carolinas, and South Carolina regions.

Roseff has been active in the American Association of Blood Banks. She has been a member of the Pediatric Hemotherapy Committee, the Annual Program Committee and the Abstract Selection Committee. In addition, she has contributed to the 14th and 15th editions of the Technical Manual, serving as an associate editor for the 15th edition. She also is the editor of the first edition of the American Association of Blood Banks publication, Pediatric Transfusion, A Physician’s Handbook, and is currently editing the second edition, with an expected fall publication date. Roseff also is an ad-hoc reviewer for Transfusion. She has served as faculty, moderator and course director at annual meetings of the AABB and on AABB teleconferences.

Currently, Roseff serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for Blood Safety and Availability that makes recommendations to the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Roseff also has been an active member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology. She is the executive editor of the Check Sample Series.

In the past, she served as the chair of the Transfusion Medicine Special Expertise Group and has been a member of other Society Committees, as well as a frequent speaker, moderator and director at their national meetings. She is a member of the Transfusion Medicine Resource Committee of the College of American Pathologists.

Roseff received her B.A. in Biology from Brown University and her M.D. from Albany Medical College in Albany. She completed her residency in clinical pathology at George Washington University School of Medicine and had a fellowship in transfusion medicine and blood banking with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Tennessee Valley Region of the American Red Cross.

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Bruce D. Spiess, M.D., FAHA

Dr. Bruce Spiess received his undergraduate degree in biology from Denison University in 1976 and his M.D. in 1980 from Rush University of Chicago. After receiving his M.D., he received training in anesthesiology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. During his training at the Mayo Clinic, Spiess focused on cardiac anesthesiology and began his research interests in blood transfusions and blood substitutes. In 1983, he returned to Rush University where he ran anesthesia for liver transplantation as well as cardiac surgery. In 1990, Spiess moved to Seattle and took the position of chief of cardiovascular anesthesiology at the University of Washington. In 1999, he moved to Richmond, Va. and became director of research and director of VCU Reanimation Engineering Shock Center in the Department of Anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine.

He has published more than 150 academic research manuscripts focusing on risks of blood transfusion, coagulation dysfunction with heart surgery and oxygen therapeutics “blood substitutes.” He spearheads a research group applying perfluorocarbon emulsions in unique ways to preserve tissue. The Office of Naval Research has funded him for six years to find ways to treat/prevent decompression sickness using the perfluorocarbon emulsions. Spiess served as editor on the second edition of “Perioperative Blood Transfusion,” an authoritative text regarding risks and benefits of transfusion with all types of surgery. Most recently he has collaborated in the founding of VCURES shock research institute and continues to push to understand oxygen transport for critically ill patients.

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Mary Jane Michael, R.N., M.S.N.

An experienced clinician, Mary Jane Michael has a background in cardiology, emergency medicine, new program development and patient and staff education. In 2005, she returned to VCU Medical Center to coordinate the Blood Management Program, commonly referred to as the Practicing Excellence in Transfusion project. In her role as blood management coordinator, Michael serves as the facilitator in all aspects of blood management. She provides clinical staff support and education and serves as an advocate for patients and families seeking information on available alternatives to non-blood medicine and surgery.

Michael holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Nursing. She is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management, the Virginia Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.


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