Comprehensive and State-of-the-Art Services

The UK HealthCare Transfusion Medicine Service at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital provides comprehensive and state of the art services in transfusion medicine, therapeutic apheresis, and peripheral stem cell collections. The service supports a Level 1 adult trauma center, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (Level 1 pediatric trauma center), active solid organ and bone marrow transplant programs, and Markey Cancer Center, Kentucky’s only NCI-designated center which was recently designated as one of the top 50 cancer centers in the nation. 

Transfusion Needs of the Patient and the State

The fellowship-trained transfusion medicine physicians provide expert consultative services to help our clinicians manage the transfusion needs of their patients and to help ensure an adequate blood supply. The service also provides medical directorship over the local independent blood center, the largest FDA-licensed nonprofit blood bank in the state, which supplies nearly 70 hospitals throughout the state of Kentucky. Blood bank medical directorship is also provided to the Lexington Veterans Affairs Health Care System-Cooper Division, which is located adjacent to the UKMC.

Faculty and Staff


Dennis Williams, MD
Director of Transfusion Medicine, Medical Director of Kentucky Blood Center

Section Directors

Duncan MacIvor, MD
Director of VA Blood Bank

Aaron Shmookler, MD
Director of Transfusion Medicine Services, Chandler Medical Center

Wael Ibrahim, MD, PhD
Associate Director of Kentucky State Public Health Laboratory, Director of Infectious Diseases Serology & Microbiology Sendout Tests


Daoping Zhang, MT (ASCP) SBBcm 
Chief Medical Technologist/Manager of UKMC and Good Sam Hospital (GSH) Blood Bank

Kathy Evans, MT (ASCP) SBBcm
Blood Bank Quality Assurance Coordinator