Our Chief Medical Officer (Dr. Susan Rossmann) and Medical Director (Dr. Beth Hartwell) are available to serve as part of the patient care team by consulting with physicians and other health-care providers to facilitate appropriate patient care. They have a broad range of experience in transfusion medicine and can offer advice and support regarding blood products and therapies.

Our physicians and Reference Laboratory staff are available for consultation when patients experience unusual or less than desired responses to transfusion therapy. This team is also experienced in a variety of transfusion procedures that can help to lessen disease symptoms.

Our spectrum of activity and expertise allows us to provide guidance in a broad range of transfusion-related problems and issues including:

  • Interpretation of immunohematology tests and recommendations regarding appropriate transfusion therapy
  • Management and evaluation of neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAT), including collection of maternal platelets
  • Evaluation and management of transfusion complications such as transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI), delayed hemolytic reactions, allergic reactions and transfusion-transmitted diseases.
  • Transfusion Therapy/Component Selection
  • Blood Administration - Routine and Complex
  • Participate in Transfusion Review Committee Evaluation

To learn more or to consult with our Medical Director, please call 713-791-6656.

Dr. Susan Rossmann

Dr. Susan Rossmann is the first Chief Medical Officer of The Blood Center. She joined the staff in September 2001 from her position as director of the blood bank and director of the microbiology and serology departments at Texas Children's Hospital.

Dr. Rossmann completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College and received an MA and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. In 1989, she received her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. She is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology and certified in blood banking/transfusion medicine by the American Board of Pathology.

Dr. Rossmann was actively involved with The Blood Center, even before joining the executive staff. She held memberships on the technical advisory and the education and research committees. Rossmann is also an inspector with the College of American Pathologists' laboratory accreditation committee and a blood bank standards assessor with the American Association of Blood Banks.

Dr. Beth Hartwell

Dr. Beth Hartwell is the Medical Director at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. She earned her undergraduate degrees at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and completed training to obtain her MT(ASCP) and SBB certification. She later went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and is board certified in both Clinical Pathology and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. Prior to joining The Blood Center, Dr. Hartwell served as Medical Director of Pathology and Laboratory Services and Director of the Transfusion Service at Memorial Hermann Hospital/Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. She has extensive experience in the transfusion management of a variety of medical, surgical, and trauma patients, both adult and pediatric, and has an active role in the education of blood donors, medical students, residents, and physicians.