Vice President & Medical Director, Clinical Services
Frank Nizzi, D.O.
Medical Director, Cellular Therapy (CTL) Laboratory
Dr. Nizzi continues in a leadership role at Blood Systems Laboratories as the medical director for the Cellular Therapy Laboratory. Dr. Nizzi most recently served as Vice President of Clinical Services for Blood Systems, leading the organization’s HLA, cellular therapy and immunohematology reference laboratories. Prior to that, Dr. Nizzi was the Chair of Pathology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and a Medical Director for Carter BloodCare, the not-for-profit blood collection agency for North Texas.
Dr. Nizzi received his Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas in 1992. He then went on to complete a five-year residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He completed his training with a one year fellowship in Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking. Dr. Nizzi is certified by the American Board of Pathology in clinical pathology and in blood banking and transfusion medicine.
Geoffrey Land, Ph.D.
Medical Director, Histocompatibility (HLA) & Immunogenetics Laboratories
Dr. Land is the Medical and CLIA Director of the HLA & Immunogenetics laboratories at Blood Systems Laboratories in Phoenix, AZ. Concurrently, Dr. Land is one of the Interim Medical Directors of Transplant Immunology Laboratory at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, as well as the Director of the Carter BloodCare Laboratory in Tyler, TX.
Dr. Land earned his BS in Biology from the University of Texas in Arlington, followed by an MS in Biochemistry from Texas Christian University and a PhD in Microbiology from Tulane University School of Medicine. His career specialties have been in medical mycology and immunology. Certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis to direct high complexity clinical laboratories, Dr. Land directed or co-directed in his career the medical mycology laboratory at The Wadley Institutes of Molecular Medicine, the mycology, clinical microbiology and clinical immunology laboratories at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the microbiology, and immunology laboratories at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas. He also founded the transplant immunology laboratory for Methodist-Dallas and the HLA laboratory for Stewart Blood Center, now part of Carter BloodCare.
Robin Cusick, M.D.
Medical Director, Immunohematology Reference (IRL) Laboratory
Dolores Figueroa, MT(ASCP) SBB
Immunohematology Reference Laboratory Systems Specialist
Terri Poulin, MT(ASCP)SBB
Director of Clinical Laboratories, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL)
Tobie Kaufman, MT (ASCP) SBB
Manager of Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL) and Transfusion Service
Melissa Marlowe, CHS(ABHI), MT(ASCP), MBA
Director of Clinical Laboratories, Histocompatibility (HLA) and Cellular Therapy Laboratories
Brian Jones, MT(ASCP)SBB
Manager of Operations and Special Projects, Cellular Therapy Laboratory
Liz Carter, MT(ASCP), CQA, CQMOE
District Quality Director, Blood Systems
In her role as District Quality Director for Blood Systems, Liz oversees quality activities for Clinical Services within the HLA, IRL and Cellular Therapy laboratories of Blood Systems Laboratories, Blood Systems Research Institute, and BioCARE. Her professional experience prior to Blood Systems includes 10 years supervising a complex transfusion service and another 10 years as a laboratory professional in a generalist capacity, with experience in hematology, blood bank, microbiology and flow cytometry.
Liz’ career at Blood Systems began in 1999 as a quality director for United Blood Services Arizona. She also held a regional quality director position, overseeing multiple blood centers, before being assigned her current role with Clinical Services. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology was earned at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and she is a certified medical technologist and specialist in blood banking through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), with CQA and CQMOE certifications from American Society for Quality.
Kara Thompson, MT(ASCP), ASQ
Quality Director, Clinical Labs