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International Journal of Clinical Transfusion Medicine


Prof. Dr. Smit Sibinga

International Development of Transfusion Medicine, IQM Consulting for International Development of Quality Management in Transfusion Medicine, Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Smit Sibinga

Editor in Chief: Professor Dr Smit Sibinga

Cees Th. Smit Sibinga, MD, PhD, FRCPEdin, FRCPath is a specialist in internal medicine, with subspecialties in hematology and transfusion medicine, and professor of international development of transfusion medicine at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands.

He has been the director of the Regional Blood Bank Noord Nederland in Groningen for 25 years (1976-2001). The Blood Bank Noord Nederland has been the WHO collaborating center for blood transfusion, WFH International Hemophilia Training Center since 1993 and ICBS collaborating center since 2001. 

From 2001 to 2004 he was director of Sanquin Consulting Services, and from 2001 to 2010 director of the newly established Academical Institute for International Development of Transfusion Medicine (IDTM) in Groningen. The institute is an initiative of the WHO Department of Blood Safety and Clinical Technology and the University of Groningen. Also he became vice-president of the AABB Consulting Services Division (2001-2006) focusing on development of quality management systems in developing countries who express a need, and served AABB as the senior medical advisor (2006-2010). 

Professor Dr Smit Sibinga has been and still is active in many international functions, teaching and training positions in transfusion medicine and hemophilia care. He has been instrumental in numerous international development programmes, advising and guiding governments in national blood safety reform programmes. He is the organiser of 28 annual International Symposia on Blood Transfusion in Groningen, and the author/editor of over 300 scientific publications and 35 books on transfusion medicine aspects. Professor Dr Smit Sibinga was the founding father of ESFH (1981) and a co-founder of WAA (1984). 

Professor Dr Smit Sibinga is a fellow in transfusion medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Pathologists in London, UK. Currently he serves WHO as a member of the Expert Committee for Blood Transfusion and was the co-ordinator for the European region of the WHO Quality Management Training courses.


Editorial Board

Gregory Denomme, Director of Immunohematology and Transfusion Services, Diagnostic Laboratories, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Mark Fung, Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT, USA

Jalel Gargouri, Professor and Director/Founder of the Regional and University Blood Transfusion Centre (CRTS) of Sfax, Tunisia

Martin Hildebrandt, Professor, Executive Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Cellular Therapies, Faculty of Medicine, Technical University Munich, Germany. Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Hematology/ Oncology, Transfusion Medicine

James Isbister, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Dora Mbanya, Faculty of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I & Haematology & Transfusion Service, Centre Hospitalier et Universitaire (CHU), Yaounde, Cameroon

Paul Mintz, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Verax Biomedical Inc., Marlborough, MA, USA

Ben Saxon, National Transfusion Specialist, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Adelaide, Australia

Ira A Shulman, Department of Pathology, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Johanna van der Bom, Head of the Center for Clinical Transfusion Research, Sanquin Research, Leiden, The Netherlands

Marinus van Hulst, Hospital Pharmacist, Health Economist, Martini Hospital, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands