David L. Wuest, MD

Pathologist

Titles

Chief, Blood Bank, Donor Room

Clinical Expertise

Transfusion Medicine; Stem Cell Lab Processing

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Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offers many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.

About Me

Education

MD, Ohio State University College of Medicine

Residencies

SUNY Downstate Medical Center; The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center

Fellowships

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles)

Board Certifications

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine

I am a board-certified pathologist and a specialist in blood-banking and tranfusion medicine. As Chief of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Blood Bank and Donor Room, the foccus of my expertise is the collection of blood from donors, the processing and distribution of blood and blood-components, and the transfusion of blood and blood components to patients.

My clinical interests encompass the spectrum of transfusion medicine, starting from the management and testing of the blood we collect in order to ensure that we have a safe and adequate blood supply to meet the needs of our patients. Since blood supplies are limited, expensive, and carry some risks for recipients, we actively review all requests for transfusion to prevent unnecessary transfusions, and we continually evaluate guidelines for transfusion practice to determine if we can lower the number of patients who receive prophylactic transfusions.

The practice of transfusion medicine has become increasingly complex over the past decades as cancer treatments and those for related diseases have intensified and escalated. Patients undergoing transfusion can develop conditions including cytopenias (a reduction in one or more critical blood components), immunosuppression, graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), and infections. These have all increased the demand for transfusion therapy to support and treat patients with these complications and have increased the need for specially treated blood components (which are irradiated, leukocyte-reduced, and cytomegalovirus [CMV]-seronegative).

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Donor Room provides a full range of services: We collect, process, and test standard blood components prepared from donations of both whole blood and particular blood components (obtained through a process called apheresis) from volunteer, autologous (self), or directed (intended for a specific patient) donors. We perform therapeutic apheresis, including photopheresis (in which blood is treated with drugs that are activated when exposed to ultraviolet light) to treat a variety of conditions, as well as cytapheresis (in which specific cell-based components are removed from the blood) to collect cellular components for autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Wuest’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.