Volunteer Spotlight and Member Highlights
Exciting news! AABB’s Professional Engagement Program will be showcasing all of the great work our members do for AABB and the world at large.
Volunteer Spotlight will consist of a short Q&A with one of our members published each month in AABB News. Our members play an integral role here at AABB and we want to share their accomplishments.
Member Highlights can be any volunteer accomplishment directly involved with AABB and will change as new highlights are added. These highlights may range from publications, committee work, webinars and everything in between!
We are currently soliciting names of individuals to showcase for the coming year in either our Volunteer Spotlight or a Member Highlight capacities. If you or a fellow AABB member are interested, please email us at
Professional Engagement Program Volunteer Spotlight on
Daniela Hermelin, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Associate Director of Transfusion Medicine
How long have you been an AABB member?
What volunteer activities are you currently active or have participated in within AABB?
I am currently an AABB PEP mentor to an international mentee! I have been a member of the eLearning Committee for 3 years, contributed to Twitter Social Media #Blooducation content, and I am Facilitator of our AABB Twitter Journal Club.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Dr. Dennis Goldfinger, a Transfusion Medicine giant and recipient of the AABB 2017 Emily Cooley Memorial Award and Lectureship, has always provided me with great advice. One of his mantras which he imprinted early in my training was that the “AABB is a tremendous organization that is dedicated to education. Attach yourself to them. You will learn a lot!”. This statement couldn’t be closer to the truth. “Attaching” yourself to the AABB, through volunteer opportunities, allows you to broaden your knowledge and experience within Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking. Also, these experiences with help you build relationship and network within our community.
How has your volunteer work impacted your professional work?
As Associate Director of Transfusion Medicine, I am constantly involved in training residents, fellows and medical students. My volunteer work with educational efforts within the AABB helps me to build on my curriculum and offer the most up-to-date information on Transfusion Medicine topics. Also, as an Assistant Professor of pathology, my national committee work helps me advance my academic requirements.
What have you learned from volunteering with AABB? And what advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?
I was fortunate to have met Dr. Mark Fung at one of my first AABB meetings, and I learned quickly that the bigger the AABB giant the nicer the person. He exemplifies the concept of volunteering one’s time to help strengthen, encourage and support others within the Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking community. Volunteering are opportunities to give back, to network and create the “secret sauce” in building relationship and networking as we develop our careers. If you are interested in volunteering, start small. Reach out to the AABB PEP community to see what opportunities exist, but I recommend starting with the AABB PEP Mentor/Mentee program.
Who is your hero?
AHHH! That’s such a hard question. I couldn’t answer without first paying a tremendous gratitude to Dr. Doug Blackall, Dr. Joe Chaffin and Dr. Justin Kreuter, whom were all implemental in my training, education and mentorship within Transfusion Medicine.
Four years ago, when I was a second-year pathology resident, I hit the jackpot when I was paired up with Nancy Dunbar, MD as my AABB mentor. Early in my training, I knew I was interested in pursuing a career in Transfusion Medicine, but at the time, our Transfusion Medicine director had just retired and I was left an orphan in the blood bank. Dr. Dunbar provided me with a year-long guidance for my career development with very specific direction. Most importantly, she helped catapult my career by offering the position of eCast Junior Committee member. Dr. Dunbar, continues to provide advice and guidance. I hope to reciprocate this gift to others by donating my time to helping.
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