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Monica B. Pagano, MD

photo Dr. Monica B. Pagano

Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine
Medical Director, Blood Bank
University of Washington

Contact Information

University of Washington
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Box 357110
1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195‐7110
Phone: 206.598.5395
Fax: 206.598.4248

Personal Biography

Dr. Pagano is the Medical Director of the Blood Bank at the University of Washington, and the Associate Medical Director of the Transfusion Service Laboratory at Harborview Medical Center. After obtaining her MD degree at the University of Buenos Aires, Dr. Pagano completed her training in Internal Medicine at the IDIM Dr. Alfredo Lanari in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She then relocated to the US where she joined Dr. Thompson research laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis, MO to study inflammatory mediators. Dr. Pagano first joined the University of Washington as a Laboratory Medicine resident, and then completed her fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She serves at several national committees from AABB and ASFA. Her primary goals include providing the best possible treatment to benefit each patient, advancing the transfusion medicine field to benefit the community, and educating medical students, laboratory scientists, residents and fellows in the use of blood and blood products.

Education and Training

  • MD, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1999
  • Residency, Internal medicine. Instituto de Investigaciones Medicas Dr. Alfredo Lanari, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2000‐2003
  • Residency, Laboratory Medicine. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2009‐2012
  • Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2012‐2013

Clinical Interests

  • Transfusion Medicine Practice
  • Therapeutic Apheresis
  • Medical Education

Research Interests

  • Adverse events associated with transfusion
  • Transfusion support for oncologic and transplant patients
  • Immunohematology
  • Novel and uncommon indications for the use of therapeutic apheresis

Current Research

  • Adverse events associated to transfusion
  • Immunohematology
  • Novel and uncommon indications for the use of therapeutic apheresis

Specialty Boards and Certification

  • 2013 Transfusion Medicine – American Board of Pathology
  • 2012 Clinical Pathology – American Board of Pathology

Selected Publications

  1. Hess JR, Pagano MD, Barbeau JD, Johannson PI. Will pathogen reduction of blood components harm more people than it helps in developed countries? Transfusion, 2016 May; 56 (5):1236‐41.PMID: 27167359.
  2. Pham HP, Schwartz J, Cooling L, Hofmann J, Kim HC, Morgan S, Pagano MD, Schneiderman J, Jeffrey WL, Yamada Ch, Wong ECC, Wu Y. Report of the ASFA apheresis registry study on Wilson's disease. J Clin Apheresis 2016; 31(1):11‐5 PMID: 26275240.
  3. Pagano MD, Konkle BA, Wu Y, Josephson N. Preoperative management of factor XI deficiency with therapeutic plasma exchange: A case report and literature review. Article first published on line 18 Dec 2015 PMID: 26683249.
  4. Pagano MD, Ness PN, Chajewski OS, King KE, Wu Y, Tobian AAR. Hypotensive Transfusion Reactions in the Era of Prestorage Leukoreduction. Transfusion 2015;55 (7):1668‐1674 PMID: 25731668.
  5. Pagano MD, Murinson BB, Tobian AAR, King KE. Efficacy of Therapeutic Plasma Exchange for Treatment of Stiff Person Syndrome. Transfusion 2014 54 (7)1851‐6 PMID: 24527774.
  6. Pagano MD, Chandler WL. Bleeding risks and response to therapy in patients with INR higher than 9. Am J Clin Pathol 2012; 138:546‐550 PMID: 23010709.
  7. Pagano MD, Hobbs W, Linenberger M, Delaney M. Plasma and RBC Exchange Transfusions for Erythropoietic Protoporphyria. J Clin Apheresis 2012; 27:336‐341 PMID: 22997063.
  8. Dickerson JA, Laha TJ, Pagano MD, O'Donnell BR, Hoofnagle AN. Improved Detection of Opioid Use in Chronic Pain Patients Through Monitoring of Opioid Glucuronides in Urine. J Anal Tox. 2012;00:1 – 7 PMID: 22833646.
  9. Bohling S, Pagano MD, Stitzel MR, Ferrel C, Yeung W, Chandler WL. Comparison of Clot‐Based vs. Chromogenic Factor Xa Procoagulant Phospholipid Activity Assays. Am J Clin Pathol 2012; 137:185‐192 PMID: 22261442.
  10. Pagano MD, Zhou H, Ennis TL, Wu X, Lambris JD, Atkinson JP, Thompson RW, Hourcade DE, Pham CTN. Complement‐Dependent Neutrophil Recruitment Is Critical for the Development of Elastase‐Induced Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Circulation 2009; 119: 1805‐1813. PMID: PMC2758616.
  11. Pagano MD, Bartoli MA, Ennis TL, Mao DL, Simmons PM, Thompson RW, Pham CTN. Critical role of dipeptidyl peptidase 1 in neutrophil recruitment during the development of experimental abdominal aortic aneurysms. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences 2007; 104(8): 2855‐2860. PMID: 17301245.
  12. Bartoli MA, Parodi FE, Chu J, Pagano MD, Mao DL, Baxter T, Buckley C, Ennis TL, Thompson RW. Localized Administration of Doxycycline Suppresses Aortic Dilatation in an Experimental Mouse Model of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Annals of Vascular Surgery 2006; 20(2): 228‐236. PMID: 16572291.
  13. Parodi FE, Mao DL, Ennis TL, Pagano MD, Thompson RW. Oral administration of diferuloylmethane (curcumin) suppresses proinflammatory cytokines and destructive connective tissue remodeling in experimental abdominal aortic aneurysms. Annals of Vascular Surgery 2006; 20(3):360‐8. PMID: 16779518.

Book Chapters

  1. Pagano MD, Haley NR. Quality Control in Cord Blood Banking. Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine on Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and Transplantation, edited by Dr. Karen Kuhn Ballen.
  2. Pagano MD and Tobian AAR. Complications of Transfusion. In McManus LM. Mitchell RN. (Eds.) Pathobiology of Human Disease. San Diego: Elsevier; 2014: 3182‐3193.

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 "Best Poster" Award, ASFA Annual Meeting
  • 2013 "Pathology Young Investigator's Day Award" Johns Hopkins
  • 2012 "Top Poster" Award, AABB Annual Meeting
  • 2011 Chief Resident, Clinical Pathology. University of Washington
  • 2006 "Young Investigator Award", New York Academy of Science

Last updated: 03/06/2019

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