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Susan T. Johnson

Director of Clinical Education

Versiti places education as a key value within its overall mission. We provide education in transfusion medicine, hematology and transplantation through sponsorship of symposiums, workshops, on-line learning and several fellowship opportunities — each with specific objectives related to this mission—as well as participation in medical student, resident and medical laboratory science student training.

Susan T. Johnson, MSTM, MT(ASCP)SBB

Sue JohnsonSue Johnson is the Director of Clinical Education at BloodCenter of Wisconsin and serves as Director of BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) Program. She has taken an active role in the education of Medical Laboratory Science students for more than 20 years. Her experience includes:

  • Director and Adjunct Associate Professor at Marquette University Graduate School, Transfusion Medicine Program
  • Clinical Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences
  • Associate Director of Indian Immunohematology Initiative

Sue has also authored numerous publications in the field of Transfusion Medicine and Immunohematology, and is an established lecturer on a national and international basis on the topic of Immunohematology. She is a member of the Invitational Conference of Investigative Immunohematologists (ICII).

She has been an active member of AABB for more than 25 years. She served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the organization’s Membership & Elections Committee and Immunohematology Reference Laboratory Accreditation Program Unit. Sue currently sits on the AABB Publications Committee.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Articles
    • Bayliss KM, Kueck BD, Johnson ST, Fueger JT, McFadden PW, Mikulski D, Gottschall JL: Detecting fetal maternal hemorrhage (FMH): A comparison of five methods. Transfusion 31:303-307, 1991.
    • Cunha PD, Lord RS, Johnson ST, Wilker PR, Aster RH, Bougie DW. Immune hemolytic anemia caused by sensitivity to a metabolite of etodolac, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Transfusion. 2000 Jun;40(6):663-8
    • Johnson ST, McFarland JG, Kelly KJ, Casper JT, Gottschall JL: Transfusion support with RBCs from an Mk homozygote in a case of autoimmune hemolytic anemia following diptheria-pertussis- tetanus vaccination. Transfusion 42: 567-571, 2002.
    • CM Jenkins, ST Johnson, JL Gottschall: Incidence of weak D in blood donors typed Rh positive by the Olympus PK7200. Immunohematology. 2005;21(4):152-4.
    • ST Johnson, JT Fueger, Gottschall JL: One center’s experience: The serology and drugs associated with drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia - A new paradigm. Transfusion 2007:47:697-702.
    • Hopp KA, Weber K, Bellissimo D, Johnson ST, Pietz BC. High-throughput red blood cell antigen genotyping using a nanofluidic real-time polymerase chain reaction platform. Transfusion 2010: 50(1):40-46.
    • Sandler SG, Flegel WA, Westhoff CM, Denomme GA, Delaney M, Keller MA, Johnson ST, Katz L,  Queenan JT, Vassallo RR, Simon CD. Commentary - It’s time to phase-in RHD genotyping for patients with a serological weak D phenotype. Transfusion. 2015 Mar;55(3):680-9.
  • Books
    • Judd WJ, Johnson ST, Storry JR. Judd’s Methods in Immunohematology, 3rd edition, AABB Press, 2008.
    • Hamilton JR, Johnson ST, Rudmann SV. Antibody Identification: Art or Science? A Case Study   Approach, AABB Press, 2013.
    • Hamilton JR, Johnson ST, Rudmann SV. Investigating Positive DAT Results: A Case Study   Approach, AABB Press, 2016.
  • Award Lectures
    • Massachusetts Association of Blood Banks - Karen Tiegerman Memorial Lectureship (2011)
    • AABB - Sally Frank Memorial Lectureship (2010)
    • Michigan Association of Blood Banks – Kay Beattie Lecture (1999)
    • Bill Stone Distinguished Speaker Series – Southwest Texas Blood and Tissue Center – San Antonio, TX (2006)
    • L. Jean Stubbins Memorial Lecturer – UTMB, Galveston, TX – Blood Banking in India – A Whole New World (February 2008)
    • Carter BloodCare Distinguished Speakers Series – Bedford, TX - Why Do We Do What We Do? Appropriateness of Pretransfusion Testing (2005)
  • National/International Meetings
    • Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine/AABB 1st Joint Meeting – Bangalore, India (2016)
    • " Molecular Testing for RHD on patients with serologic weak D phenotype!"  - San Diego ASCLS National Meeting (2017)
    • "Top Gun Serology" AABB Annual Meeting (2006 – 2016)
    • “Hogwarts School of Antigens and Antibodies” AABB Annual Meeting (2016-present)
  • Teleconferences
    • Monoclonal Reagents: Is your Problem Really a Discovery? - AABB Teleconference (2011)
    • Uncommon Antibodies for the Unsuspecting Technologist - ASCP Teleconference (2009)
    • Management of Acute Transfusion Reactions – ASCP Teleconference (2007)
  • State Meetings
    • Wisconsin Association of Blood Banks – Annual Speaker
    • Florida Association of Blood Banks
    • Heart of America Association of Blood Banks
    • Indiana Society of Sate Association of Blood Banks
    • Illinois Association of Blood Banks
    • Massachusetts Association of Blood Banks
    • North Carolina Association of Blood Banks
    • Ohio Association of Blood Banks
    • Tennessee Association of Blood Banks
    • ASCLS – Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, Wyoming
Susan T, Johnson, MSTM, MT(ASCP)SBB

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