Joy L. Fridey MD, MBA

Regional Medical Director, American Red Cross

Joy L. Fridey, MD, MBA, is the Regional Medical Director of the Southern California American Red Cross Blood Services (ARCBS). Her career includes extensive experience in blood center and hospital transfusion service settings where she has provided specialty expertise in adult and pediatric transfusion medicine, blood donor eligibility and screening, cellular therapies, and therapeutic apheresis. She was a study physician for 20 years in the NIH-funded Retrovirus Epidemiologic Donor Study. She was the lead investigator at a California blood center in a Phase III study of the INTERCEPT pathogen inactivation system which is now approved by the FDA for platelets and plasma. Dr. Fridey has twice chaired the AABB Donor History Questionnaire Task Force (DHQTF) and received the AABB Distinguished Service Award for her role in re-engineering the DHQ. She has chaired the AABB Standards Committee for Blood Banks and Transfusion services, served on the AABB Board of Directors, and is past president of the California Blood Bank Society. She is recognized as a Patient Blood Management (PBM) expert and chaired the AABB PBM Accreditation Committee. She is a member of the AABB Hemovigilance Committee and the international Alliance of Blood Operators. In addition to providing transfusion medicine consultancy services to approximately 130 hospitals, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the current (3rd) edition of the ARCBS “Compendium of Transfusion Practice Guidelines.” Currently, her major focus is bacterial contamination of platelets, and she will be presenting an oral abstract on an unusual septic transfusion reaction at the 2019 AABB Annual Meeting, and was a contributing author to two recent MMWRs on bacterial contamination of platelets. Dr. Fridey earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now the Drexel University College of Medicine), trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, and completed her Fellowship in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine at Memorial Medical Center of Long Beach and the American Red Cross Blood Services. In 2000, she earned an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont University in California.


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