The following individuals serve as spokespersons on behalf of America's Blood Centers. These experts are available for interviews on a variety of topics.

Please contact pr@americasblood.org for additional information or interview requests. 

Louis M. Katz, MD

Chief Medical Officer
America's Blood Centers

Promo _portraits _katzDr. Katz is chief medical officer of America's Blood Centers and former executive vice president of Medical Affairs of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport, Iowa. He is also a clinical infectious diseases physician responsible for a Ryan White Title 3 comprehensive AIDS clinic, hospital epidemiologist for Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, and medical director of the Scott County (Iowa) Health Department.

His bibliography includes presentations, abstracts, and publications; they cover topics like the pathogenesis of Legionellosis, the implementation and utility of computerized blood donor screening, and the impact of Mississippi River flooding on the incidence of gastrointestinal illness.

He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, where he trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and he is board certified in both. Dr. Katz has served as the chair of the America's Blood Centers' Scientific, Medical, and Technical Committee; as a member and chair of the AABB Transfusion Transmitted Diseases Committee; and as a member and chair of the FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee.

Organizational memberships include the AABB, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the International AIDS Society, and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care.

Germán F. Leparc, MD


Promo _portraits _leparcDr. Leparc has medical oversight regarding the collection of more than 350,000 blood donations annually, which serve patients at 92 hospitals and other ambulatory healthcare facilities throughout 42 Florida, Georgia, and Alabama counties. He also is responsible for FBS laboratories, located in St. Petersburg, which provide donor blood screening services for more than 40 blood centers along the U.S. East Coast, making FBS the third largest donor testing service in the country.

Dr. Leparc received his medical degree from the National University of La Plata in Argentina. He received postgraduate medical training in pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as in blood banking/transfusion medicine.

He is a past president of the Florida Association of Blood Banks, and a past member of the AABB Board of Directors, and he has served on several standards and accreditation committees for the latter. He is also an associate clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Pathology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Dr. Leparc has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers, as well as several abstracts and monographs on transfusion medicine.

Susan Rossmann, MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Promo _portraits _rossmanDr. Susan Rossmann is the first chief medical officer of The Blood Center. She joined the staff in September 2001 from Texas Children's Hospital where she was director of the blood bank, and director of the microbiology and serology departments.

Dr. Rossmann completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College and received an MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan. In 1989, she received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. She is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology and certified in blood banking/transfusion medicine by the American Board of Pathology.

Dr. Rossmann was actively involved with The Blood Center even before joining the executive staff. She held memberships on the technical advisory and the education and research committees. Dr. Rossmann is also an inspector with the College of American Pathologists' laboratory accreditation committee and a blood bank standards assessor with the AABB.

Thomas A. Schallert

Northern California Community Blood Bank

Promo _portraits _schallertSince 1990, Thomas Schallert has served as the administrator of the Northern California Community Blood Bank in Eureka, Calif. He began working in blood banking as a field representative/donor recruiter at the American Red Cross Blood Services in Los Angeles and also worked at Broward Community Blood Center in Lauderhill, Fla.

Mr. Schallert is a past president of America's Blood Centers. He is a past chair of America's Blood Centers' Group Services committee. He is a past president of the Blood Centers of California (BCC), and the California Blood Bank Society (CBBS). Mr. Schallert has been involved in numerous committees for America's Blood Centers, BCC, and CBBS, as well as within his local community.

Dan A. Waxman, MD

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Indiana Blood Center

Promo _portraits _waxmanDr. Dan Waxman is the executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Indiana Blood Center in Indianapolis and is a clinical professor of pathology at the Indiana University Medical Center.

Dr. Waxman received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and his medical degree at the University of Kansas. After completing a pathology residency and a fellowship in transfusion medicine, Dr. Waxman held positions at the Community Blood Center in Kansas City, Mo., and Carter BloodCare in Bedford, Texas, and he was the chief executive officer of the Southeastern Michigan Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross in Detroit.

Dr. Waxman is a past president of the Kansas City Society of Pathologists, the Heart of America Association of Blood Banks, and the Indiana State Association of Blood Banks. Dr. Waxman is a past president of America's Blood Centers Board of Directors. He has also served as the chairman of the Scientific Section Coordinating Committee of the AABB Board.