Christopher D. Hillyer, MD, President and CEO of New York Blood Center (NYBC) and Professor, Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, was previously the tenured, endowed Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine and served as director of the Emory Center for Transfusion and Cellular Therapies with responsibility for all aspects of clinical and academic transfusion medicine. He is a co-founder of the companies Transfusion & Transplantation Technologies, Inc. (3Ti), HemeXcel Purchasing Alliance, and HemeXcel Resources, and he holds a number of patents or patents pending for devices and processes related to blood banking, transfusion medicine, and cellular therapies.
Editor of twelve textbooks in transfusion medicine, including the 16-18th editions of the AABB Technical Manual, Dr. Hillyer is an internationally recognized expert in hematology, blood transfusion, and cellular therapies. Hillyer’s Pediatric Handbook of Transfusion Medicine was highly commended by the British Medical Association, and the book Transfusion Medicine and Hemostasis: Clinical and Laboratory Aspects has become a primary resource for physicians throughout the world. Author of over 150 articles pertaining to transfusion, human immunodeficiency virus, and herpes viruses, most notably cytomegalovirus, Dr. Hillyer has been awarded tens of millions of dollars in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other agencies. He is a past-president, board of directors of AABB, a former trustee of the National Blood Foundation, and serves as an associate editor of the journal TRANSFUSION.
Dr. Hillyer received the 2014 Emily Cooley Award from AABB for his “significant commitment and contributions to the field of transfusion medicine through extensive teaching, mentoring and professional leadership, and the countless clinical, scientific, and innovative resource materials he has created to educate others.” Previously a part-time medical director for the American Red Cross (ARC) and part of their national Medical Advisory Board, Hillyer was recognized with two iterative Tiffany Awards from the ARC for his work in Africa as co-director of the AABB/Emory cooperative agreement, part of the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). While at Emory, Hillyer created the Visiting Scholars Program, training physicians from South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania in blood banking and transfusion medicine. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee, Academic Institute for International Development of Transfusion Medicine, University of Groningen, Netherlands.
Dr. Hillyer is board certified in transfusion medicine, hematology, medical oncology, and internal medicine. He received his BS with honors from Trinity College and his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, with postgraduate training and fellowships in hematology-oncology, transfusion medicine, and bone marrow transplantation at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston.