Vanderbilt’s Pampee Young, MD, PhD, has been named chief medical officer of the American Red Cross.
Pampee Young, MD, PhDYoung, who joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 2003, will oversee American Red Cross Biomedical Services, the nation’s largest supplier of blood and blood products.
“Without Vanderbilt, I would not be the scientist or clinician that I am today,” said Young, professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology. “The reason I got the job was not just my clinical expertise, but also my expertise in science. It is because of Vanderbilt’s infrastructure and the tremendous advisers that I have had that have enabled me to grow in both areas.”
In addition to running a research lab at Vanderbilt, Young currently serves as director of Transfusion Medicine, director of the VUMC stem cell lab and director of the blood bank at for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.
Samuel Santoro, MD, PhD, Dorothy B. and Theodore R. Austin Professor and Chair of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, said Young has been instrumental to Vanderbilt’s Transfusion Medicine program.
“Dr. Young has demonstrated superb leadership as she has guided the development of Transfusion Medicine at Vanderbilt to its current state,” Santoro said. “Although we hate to see her leave VUMC, we are at the same time pleased and proud that the American Red Cross has tapped an outstanding Vanderbilt physician-scientist to lead its blood services program. Dr. Young’s influence on the national blood supply and relevant policy in her new position will reflect positively on VUMC for many years to come. I am pleased that she will continue to be actively engaged in our research and educational programs as an adjunct professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.”
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