The Chief Medical Officer is responsible for the medical activities of the San Diego Blood Bank. The position accomplishes this through a respectful, constructive and collaborative style, guided by local, state, federal and international laws, regulations, codes, standards or directives and the objectives of the company. The position provides medical oversight, expertise and leadership to ensure the delivery, potency, purity and safety of blood services and products. Responsibilities also include the strategy, development and implementation of innovative blood collection programs that include collaboration with all operational and strategic business partners.
The Chief Medical Officer is responsible to the Chief Executive Officer and the following as essential job accountabilities:
Build and leverage cross functional collaborative relationships to achieve shared company goals.
Support donor recruitment through presentation to key decision makers in clients and prospects.
Support risk management.
Promote collaboration to both internal and external healthcare team members.
Participate in senior management business and clinical strategy development and implementation.
Participate as a staff representative to the Board of Directors.
Encourages and stimulates a culture, throughout San Diego Blood Bank, of ethical, sensitivity and complaint behavior.
Donor & Patients
Available as a consultant to patients, physicians, or staff with questions regarding donation or lab-related issues.
The Chief Medical Officer is responsible for donor counseling program.
Responsible for policy and decisions regarding donor suitability.
Available for day-to-day questions regarding donor eligibility from blood collections staff, Donor Recruitment and Marketing.
Available for evaluation treatment of donor complications.
Outreach & Education
The Chief Medical Officer provides liaison between the San Diego Blood Bank and the medical community. Attend hospital therapeutics committees.
Active engagement in business development opportunities to include presenting business and clinical capabilities to employers, legislative officials and other key constituents.
Provide for, or assist in, ongoing medical, technical and science educational program.
Provide regular formal and informal blood collection education.
Plan and supervise Transfusion Medicine rotations for visiting Hematology fellows or Pathology residents.
Provide educational programs for community MD, RN and MT groups.
Community engagement, for example- colleges, high schools, donors.
The Chief Medical officer is encouraged to conduct research in areas related to hematology and blood banking.
Support of the Cell Therapy Program and other SDBB research efforts would be a plus. These efforts may be of a basic or applied nature.
Review research efforts periodically with the Chief Executive Officer.
Review and approve all controlled documents.
Develop and recommend departmental operating budget ensures that the SDBB laboratory operates within budget.
Develop and recommend departmental policies, procedures and programs to ensure departmental adherence to Quality Program.
Provide leadership and direction for management and employees. Establishes performance goals, allocates resources and assesses policies for department directors.
Recommend and develop new services and programs. Review processes with the intent of improving efficiency and reducing costs.
The Chief Medical Officer is involved with medical aspects of new product development and preparation of articles and abstracts for presentation and publication.
With VP, Quality and Regulatory Affairs review blood collection quality control issues and policies.
Develop and implement strategic goals related to the quality improvement, management programs and accreditation standards. Assist with the accreditation process and maintaining the SDBB standards for both blood collection and processing.
Normal office environment.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be expected.
Must be able to work on a computer 4 – 8 hours a day.
Normal office equipment
Doctor of Medicine Degree or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree
Sub-specialty board certification in Hematology (IM) or Transfusion Medicine (Pathology) preferred
Saving lives with quality blood services in partnership with the community
What we do
On November 15, 1972 at the official dedication of the San Diego Blood Bank headquarters previously located on Upas St., the theme heard throughout the morning was that a total community effort will sustain the San Diego Blood Bank. Speaking at the dedication ceremony, Dr. Jonas A. Salk noted, “This building and the organization which made it possible evince a concern and respect for the human individual that is self-evident. The Blood Bank is a sign of the enormous health and strength in the community.”
Again on June 22, 2011, as the current headquarters building was dedicated at 3636 Gateway Center Ave., blood donors Jerry Sanders, Mayor of the City of San Diego, Greg Cox, San Diego County Supervisor, and blood recipient and former Chargers Hall of Fame kicker Rolf Benirschke re-emphasized the need for total commitment to maintaining the community’s blood supply through the San Diego Blood Bank.
In the early years, the San Diego Blood Bank collected stored and distributed blood products to hospitals in San Diego County just as it does today. Unlike those early ye...ars however, when the San Diego Blood Bank paid donors, the total amount of blood now brought into the San Diego Blood Bank is provided by a 100% volunteer donor effort. In 1968, 4,000 units of blood a month supplied the needs of our local hospitals. We now process approximately 10,000 units of blood per month and serve hospitals throughout Southern California.
The San Diego Blood Bank now also provides the Southern California region’s hospitals with a wide range of blood banking services. These include blood collection, component preparation, plateletpheresis, plasmapheresis, leukapheresis, washed blood, frozen blood, autologous storage, designated donation services and a reference laboratory. The Cell Therapy Program of the San Diego Blood Bank operates the Cord Blood Program providing lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide.
Today, the San Diego Blood Bank is growing to meet the changing needs of our health care community. We now supply hospitals in four Southern California counties. These counties include San Diego, Imperial, Orange, and Los Angeles. Frozen blood laboratories are now operated to accommodate storage of frequently used and rare blood types, and for patients who wish to donate blood for their own future use. We also offer continuing education for the blood bank community.
The San Diego Blood Bank is a certified 501 c3 non-profit organization serving hospitals in the San Diego, Imperial, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. We are also the primary provider of blood to Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. We are the safety net for our regional blood needs. Every year, more than 120,000 units of blood provided by the San Diego Blood Bank are transfused into patients of all ages, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds throughout San Diego County. These patients are struggling with life threatening medical conditions including cancer and other blood disorders, severe burns, organ transplants, emergency surgery, trauma, childbirth complications and more. The San Diego Blood Bank is also the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) designated Southern California Regional Operations Center for the distribution of blood to Southern California in the event of a major disaster or act of terrorism in the State of California.