Hospital clinicians and lab staff benefit from 24/7 access to Indiana Blood Center's two, full-time pathologists. In addition to consulting on patient cases related to transfusion medicine at Indiana hospitals, Dr. Waxman and Dr. Cruz guide the policies and procedures that allow Indiana Blood Center to perform nearly 150,000 procedures each year.
: Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Indiana Blood Center and is Clinical Professor of Pathology at the Indiana University Medical Center. Dr. Waxman received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, followed by his medical degree from the University of Kansas. After completing a Pathology Residency and a Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine, Dr. Waxman held positions at the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City, BloodCare in Dallas and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross in Detroit. Dr. Waxman is directly responsible for all clinical aspects of the Blood Center to include our donor/patient services, transplant compatibility lab, immunohematology lab and determination of medical suitability for community blood donors.
: Associate Medical Director of Indiana Blood Center and is a Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Indiana University Medical Center. Dr. Cruz received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama and Manchester College, followed by her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed a Pathology Residency and Transfusion Medicine Fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana Blood Center. Since completing her fellowship in 2006 she has been employed by Indiana Blood Center, first as Assistant Medical Director, then in her current role as Associate Medical Director. Dr. Cruz is a past president of the Indiana State Association of Blood Banks (ISABB), and currently serves on the AABB Circular of Information committee. She is the program director of IBC’s Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) Program. Most recently she coauthored a chapter on Blood Utilization Management for Modern Blood Banking and Transfusion Practices, 6th ed. (Denise M. Harmening, ed., in press). Dr. Cruz is responsible for clinical consultation in all areas of Blood Center operations, including donor/patient services, clinical services, HLA/DNA lab, immunohematology lab, determination of medical suitability for community blood donors and consultation regarding specific patient or transfusion medicine issues with medical professionals at IBC’s customer hospitals.