Dr. John R. Hess, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAAS, is Professor of Pathology and Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He serves as Medical Director of the Cancer Center Laboratory and Associate Medical Director of the Blood Bank. He attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, earned his Masters in Public Health at the University of Hawaii, and is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, medical oncology, blood banking and transfusion medicine, and general preventive medicine and public health. He is the author of 100 papers and book chapters, inventor of the dry fibrin sealant bandage and methods for extending RBC storage, and holder of three U.S. patents. Dr. Hess has served on the committees responsible for blood storage technology for the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the International Society of Blood Transfusion. He has served as Special Advisor on Blood Safety to the Director General of the World Health Organization and now on the Expert Panel on Blood Transfusion Medicine. Dr. Hess is retired after 25 years of active service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Public Health Service, most recently as Commander of the Blood Research Detachment of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and had previously served as Director of Health of the Territory of American Samoa.
Clinical Transfusion Medicine, hemorrhage control in trauma, blood use in war and disasters, blood substitutes, red blood cell storage, stem cell processing, coagulation abnormalities in trauma, transfusion systems in developing countries
Lab Techniques and Equipment
Clinical Microscopy, Clinical coagulation testing
Hess JR. An update on solutions for red cell storage. Vox Sang 2006; 91:13-19.
Holcomb JB, Jenkins D, Rhee P, Johannigman J, Mahoney P, Metha S, Cox ED, Gehrke MJ, Beilman GJ, Schreiber M, Flaherty SF, Grathwohl KW, Spinella PC, Perkins JG, Beekley AC, McMullins NR, Park MS, Gonzales EA, Wade CE, Dubick MA, Schwab CW, Moore FA, Champion HR, Hoyt DB, Hess JR. Damage control resuscitation: Directly addressing the early coagulopathy of trauma. J Trauma 2007; 62: 307-310.
Rhys Thomas GO, Dutton RP, Hemlock B, Stein DM, Hyder M, Shere-Wolf R, Hess JR, Scalea TM. Thromboembolic complications associated with FVIIa administration. J Trauma 2007; 62:564-569.
Zimrin AB, Hess JR. Planning for pandemic influenza: Effect of a pandemic on the supply and demand for blood products in the U.S. Transfusion 2007; 47:1071-1079.
Hughes JD, Macdonald VM, Hess JR. Warm storage of whole blood for 72 hours. Transfusion 2007; 47:2050-2056.