URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEER DONORS - Low supply of type O red blood cells, AB plasma and Convalescent PlasmaBlood donation is safe and essential!  Recent changes to donor eligibility criteria may allow more to give. Please fill out the deferral/eligibility inquiry form if you have questions.

There is no deferral period for volunteer donors who receive COVID-19 Vaccines and wish to give whole blood, double reds or platelet/plasma apheresis donations.  However, due to uncertainty of the immune response from the vaccine, donations cannot be used for Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 patients. 

Click here for our response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) including information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on blood donation being permitted during Stay at Home directives. Click here for care provider and self-referrals for convalescent plasma donors for those that had a positive molecular test (also called PCR or polymerase chain reaction) and are fully recovered from COVID-19.  Email or call 833-610-1025 with questions.

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Louis Katz, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Katz is a board-certified internist and infectious diseases specialist who trained at the University of Iowa.  He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the Roy and Lucille Carver College of Medicine, former Chief Medical Officer at America’s Blood Centers in Washington, DC, an ABC past president, former board member and a past chair of its Scientific, Medical and Technical committee.  

His transfusion medicine career has been dominated by attention to transfusion transmitted infections. He has served multiple terms as the chair of the AABB Transfusion Transmitted Diseases committee and served on many AABB committees and working groups.  Dr. Katz is on the Editorial Board of the journal Transfusion, has served on the FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee as a member, industry representative and chair, and is a current member of the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability. On his CV are more than sixty peer reviewed publications and book chapters.

As a clinician Dr. Katz founded and directed a Ryan White funded comprehensive HIV/AIDS clinic in the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities, and was an infectious diseases consultant and hospital epidemiologist at Genesis Medical Center until assuming his ABC responsibilities in 2012. He is the medical director of the Scott County Health Department and The Project of the Quad Cities, an organization providing both HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections services in a bistate area.


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Dr. Ruchika Goel, Medical Director
Dr. Goel earned her medical degree in All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the premier academic medical center in South East Asia and finished Pediatric residency in Pittsburgh. Her transfusion medicine training was at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. 

In addition to serving as MVRBC’s Medical Director, Dr. Goel is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pathology, Division of Transfusion Medicine, School of Medicine at John Hopkins University.
Dr. Goel is actively engaged in research in transfusion medicine, patient blood management and big data applications of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine. Dr. Goel has multiple accolades to her name including the AABB Fenwal Annual Transfusion Medicine Scholarship Award, Paul J Stranjford Young Investigator award by the American College of Laboratory Physician and Scientists and has also received international recognition with the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) 2016 Harold Gunsen fellowship award. Dr. Goel was also one of the 4 recipients internationally for the World Federation of Hemophilia clinical research grant.