Sandra J. Nance, MS, MT (ASCP) SBB
Sandra Nance is the Senior Director for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories for the National American Red Cross Biomedical Services Operations and is the Senior Director of the American Rare Donor Program. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Nance has a master’s degree in Pathology. She received her SBB from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Nance has been with the American Red Cross since 1981 and the Penn-Jersey Region since 1990. She also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and has held leadership positions in the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, AABB, International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) and Invitational Conference for Investigative Immunohematologists (ICII). She has authored or co-authored over 40 papers, 100 abstracts and edited 9 books. She has organized many scientific programs.
In the ASCP, she has served on the ASCP AMS Nominating Committee, served for over 18 years as a member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the highly successful ASCP Teleconference Committee. She has been the Program Director of multiple ASCP Transfusion Medicine Annual Meeting Programs, served on the Commission on Education for ASCP and been faculty for the ASCP Educational Course, and was Current Topics in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine faculty for over 15 years. She is equally active in AABB having served on the Nominating Committee three years in succession, on the AABB Annual Meeting and Scientific Program Committee as member and chair for over 10 years, and on the AABB Board of Directors for 5 years.
She is currently the Chair of the International Society of Blood Transfusion Working Party on Rare Donors and is a member of the International Society of Blood Transfusion International Scientific Advisory Committee.
Her career includes working as a Lead Technologist at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, as an Immunohematology Research Associate at the Los Angeles-Orange Counties American Red Cross in Los Angeles, in George Garratty’s Research Laboratory. In her current role, she leads the National Reference Laboratory for Blood Group Serology, National Reference Laboratory for Platelet Serology, and the National Molecular Laboratory for Blood Group and Platelet Testing. She has also been active in Education having been a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland and the American Red Cross in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. She holds a BS degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, MS in Pathology from University of Maryland, and graduated from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Specialist in Blood Bank School. She also completed a leadership course at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
She is often asked to speak on a variety of scientific, operational and management topics and to participate in market planning activities and is highly regarded in the Transfusion Medicine Science area. She has been active in the health care community serving on and leading the Community Advocacy Committee for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia which seeks to obtain resources for Sickle Cell Disease research.