Jennifer S. Woo, M.D., views medicine as linking science and humanity, which is part of what drew her to her career as a pathologist in transfusion medicine. One of her favorite aspects of her work is the chance to connect with patients from diverse backgrounds. Ensuring a safe and sustainable blood supply to support patients is one of her greatest passions. She is also excited about helping to prepare cellular therapies, which she believes are the future of medicine.
Dr. Woo earned her medical degree from Wake Forest University, followed by a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles, including a year as chief resident. Her fellowship training in transfusion medicine and blood banking took place at the University of California, San Francisco.
Before City of Hope, she was at the University of California, Irvine, where she was medical director of special coagulation and associate medical director of transfusion medicine. Dr. Woo leads research aiming to cultivate progress in the process of blood collection and transfusion—and, ultimately, to improve patient outcomes. She has nearly 50 abstracts, platform presentations, book chapters, and peer-reviewed publications, including articles in the journal Transfusion. Additionally, she is highly active in national pathology organizations where she holds leadership roles.
A Southern California native, Dr. Woo enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters, traveling and visiting Disneyland.
2009-2013, M.D., Wake Forest University School of Medicine — Winston-Salem, NC
2004-2008, B.S., Biology, Biochemistry, Summa Cum Laude, Loyola Marymount University — Los Angeles, CA
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2017-2018, Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco — San Francisco, CA
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2016-2017, Chief Resident, University of California, Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA
2013-2017, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency, University of California, Los Angeles — Los Angeles, CA
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2022-present, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology, City of Hope Orange County — Irvine, CA
2018-2022, Assistant Clinical Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Irvine — Orange, CA
American Association for Clinical Chemistry
American Society for Clinical Pathology
Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies
Association for Pathology Informatics
College of American Pathologists
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
A Barnhard, S., Klapper, E., Kopko, P., Tran, M.H., Ziman, A. University of California Transfusion Medicine Physicians*. Too lean: Time to build back true resiliency in the national blood supply. Transfusion. 2021 Sep;61(9):2768-2771. PMID: 34331464. (*Reviewer and Contributor)
Perez-Alvarez, I., Crews, B.O., Woo, J.S., Rezk, S., Tran, M.. A patient in need of red cell exchange? J Appl Lab Med. 2020 Nov 26;jfaa159. PMID: 33241416.
Tran, M., Brown, D., Woo, J.S., Perez-Alvarez, I., Chavan, R.. Diversion of prime to ameliorate citrate toxicity in pediatric extracorporeal apheresis. Transfus Apher Sci. 2020 Jun 5;102841. PMID: 32546378.
*Garcia, E., Kundu, I., Kelly, M., Soles, R., Mulder, L., Talmon, G.A. The American Society for Clinical Pathology's Job Satisfaction, Well-Being, and Burnout Survey of Laboratory Professionals. Am J Clin Pathol. 2020 Mar 9;153(4):470-486. PMID: 32080719. (*Reviewer and Contributor)
Roubinian, N.H., Plimier, C., Woo, J., Lee, C., Bruhn, R., Liu, V.X., Escobar, G.J., Kleinman, S.H., Triulzi, D.J., Murphy, E.L., Busch, M.P. Effect of donor, component, and recipient characteristics on hemoglobin increments following red blood cell transfusion. Blood. 2019 Sep 26;134(13):1003-1013. PMID: 31350268.
Woo, J.S., Pach, D., Perez-Alvarez, I., Tran, M.H. Transcending gender: recognizing the impact of gender identity on blood collection. Transfusion. 2019 Jul;59(7):2481-2482. PMID: 31268596.
Woo, J.S., Suslow, P., Thorsen, R., Ma, R., Bakhtary, S., Moayeri, M., Nambiar, A. Development and implementation of real-time web-based dashboards in a multisite transfusion service. J Pathol Inform. 2019, 10:3. PMID: 30915257.
Woo, J.S., Arboleda, V., Garner, O. Point of Care Testing in Infectious Diseases. Clinical Microbiology Newsletter. 2017.
Woo, J.S., Reddy, O.L., Koo, M.S., Xiong, Y., Li, F., Xu, H. Application of Immunohistochemistry in the Diagnosis of Pulmonary and Pleural Neoplasms: A case based approach. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017 Sep;141(9):1195-1213. PMID: 28644685.
*Qing, Y., Woo, J.S., Zhao, Q., Wang, P., Wang, P., Huang, P., Chen, L., Li, X., Ying, Y., Yang, S., Rao, J. Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) versus Frozen Section in the Evaluation of Malignant Thyroid Nodules in Patients with the Diagnosis of Suspicious for Malignancy or Malignancy by FNA. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017 May;141(5):684-689. PMID: 28447904. *Co-first author, alphabetical
Woo, J.S., Fishbein, M.C., Reemtsen, B. Histologic examination of decellularized porcine intestinal submucosa extracellular matrix (CorMatrix) in pediatric congenital heart surgery. Cardiovasc Pathol. 2016 Jan-Feb;25(1):12-7. PMID: 26453090.