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We would like to thank our community of dedicated platelet and blood donors for support of our NIH Clinical Center patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our platelet donation web page for locations and updated hours of operation.


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Current Blood Shortages

African American Whole Blood Donors Urgently Needed

Donor Information

Blood type needs change daily. If you are not sure of your next eligible donation date, please call the NIH Blood Bank at (301) 496-1048.

Walk-in donors are welcome Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 4:30pm.

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About Us

two NIH CC DTM staff members accepting an awardThe National Institutes of Health Blood Bank on the NIH campus and the Donor Center at Fishers Lane are managed by the NIH Clinical Center Department of Transfusion Medicine. We collect blood and blood components for transfusion to NIH patients. We also collect blood components for laboratory use by NIH researchers.

We are licensed by the Food and Drug Administration and accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks as a blood donor center and transfusion service. All of the blood collected at the NIH Blood Bank is tested for hepatitis viruses, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and other infectious diseases before it is released for use by NIH patients. We maintain high quality standards to ensure the safety of both our blood donors and transfusion recipients.

Our medical team:

Barbara Jean Bryant, MD, FCAP, FASCP Department Head
Kamille West, MD Chief, Blood Services Section
Willy Flegel, MD Chief, Laboratory Services Section
David Stroncek, MD Chief, Cell Processing Section
Sandhya Panch, MD, MPH Medical Director, Center for Cellular Engineering
Cathy McGraw, RN, BSN Managing Director, Donor Centers

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This page last updated on 03/17/2021

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