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The professionals in The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Johns Hopkins are leaders in their field. Just as importantly, they have a deep respect and understanding for the needs of patients for whom blood transfusion is not an option.
Steven Frank, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Frank has more than 26 years of experience as an anesthesiologist and clinical researcher, and is an expert in blood conservation methods. Dr. Frank’s compassion and understanding of his patients’ beliefs ensure that patients who wish to avoid blood transfusion receive the very best healthcare. Dr. Frank has published book chapters and dozens of scientific articles about optimizing the care of surgical patients. Dr. Frank is fellowship-trained in vascular, thoracic and transplant anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. His recent research and publications are focused in the area of blood conservation and bloodless medicine and surgery. Learn more about Dr. Steven Frank and watch his bio video.
Linda Resar, M.D., Hematology Consultant
Dr. Resar helps prepare patients who wish to avoid blood transfusions for surgery, and advises on the treatment of anemia in our hospitalized patients. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Oncology and Pediatrics, and has more than 25 years of experience in blood disorders, including anemia, bone marrow failure, sickle cell disease and thalassemia, other red cell disorders, and thrombocytopenias. Dr. Resar completed her training in Pediatrics and fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is board certified in Hematology/Oncology with the American Board of Pediatrics. Learn more about Dr. Linda Resar.
Elizabeth Wick, M.D., Consultant, Department of Surgery
Dr. Wick is a member of the faculty in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins. She has a strong background in general surgery and specialty training in colorectal surgery, which includes treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), diverticulitis, colorectal cancer, colonic motility disorders and anorectal diseases. She has expertise in laparoscopic and open colon, rectal and anorectal operations. Her clinical interests include understanding strategies to prevent colorectal surgical-site infections. Dr. Wick is actively involved with the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), a nationwide patient safety and quality registry intended to improve patient care and outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Wick.
Elizabeth Dackiw, R.N., Clinical Coordinator
Liz Dackiw is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience caring for both adult and pediatric patients. She has worked with acutely ill surgical patients, as well as patients in the emergency department and intensive care units. Her strong background in adult hematology, pediatric hematology and oncology help her effectively care for patients who wish to avoid blood transfusion.
Ish’shah Sherd, R.N., Clinical Nurse Coordinator
Ish’shah Sherd holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Stevenson University and comes to the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery with experience in Critical Care and Intermediate Care nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her work helps to provide our patients at the Center with the highest quality care while ensuring respect for their conscientious beliefs and wishes to be treated without a blood transfusion. As an active member of Jehovah’s Witnesses community, she brings to the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery a unique combination of clinical knowledge and training along with an understanding of the stand our patients take on treatment without blood transfusions.
Andrew Pippa, Administrative Coordinator
Andy Pippa is an active member/elder of the Jehovah’s Witness community and acts as a liaison between the community and our medical staff to ensure that patients get the care they deserve. He previously served as the clinical coordinator for a Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program in Connecticut where he was also a healthcare system navigation specialist. His extensive experience in helping patients with insurance approvals and in assisting uninsured patients with financial issues and drug access allows our patients to focus on their health and recovery.
Joan Pippa, Communications Specialist and Web Manager
Joan Pippa, also a member of the Jehovah’s Witness community, brings a wealth of "people skills" and administrative capabilities to our program. She is in charge of patient relations and web site updates, finding and posting the most current articles on bloodless medicine to help our patients stay informed. Joan is also our patient relations specialist in charge of optimizing the healthcare experience for patients seeking bloodless care.