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Michael P. Busch, MD, PhD

Research and Clinical Interests

I direct a large, extramurally-funded research program, a division of the 2nd-largest blood donor collection/distribution program in the US, focused on blood safety and transfusion medicine: detection, natural history and pathogenesis of infectious/non-infectious diseases (e.g., HIV, HBV, HCV, parvo B19, Chagas' disease, dengue) and other complications (transfusion-related acute lung injury, TRALI; microchimerism).

Selected Publications

  • Kleinman SH, Dunn Williams J, Robertson GF, Caglioti S, Williams RC, Spizman R, Morgan L, Tomasulo P, Busch MP. West Nile Virus Testing Experience in 2007: Evaluation of Different Criteria for Triggering Individual-Donation Nucleic Acid Testing. Transfusion, 49(6):1160-1170, June 2009 (accepted 12/23/08). Epub 2009 Mar 20, PMID: 19320866, doi: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2009.02127.x
  • Custer B, Kamel H, Kiely NE, Murphy EL, Busch MP. Associations Between WNV Infection and Symptoms Reported by Blood Donors Identified Through Nucleic Acid Test Screening. Transfusion, 49(2):278-88, Feb 2009 (accepted 8/18/08) 2008 (accepted 8/18/08) PMID: 19389211, Epub 2008 Nov 3. doi: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2008.01952.x
  • Linnen JM, Vinelli E, Sabino EC, Tobler LH, Hyland C, Lee T-H, Kolk DP, Broulik AS, Collins CS, Lanciotti RS, Busch MP. Dengue Viremia in Blood Donors from Honduras, Brazil, and Australia. Transfusion, 48(7):1355-1362, July 2008 (accepted Mar 31, 2008). PMID: 18503610 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Epub 2008 May 22. doi: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2008.01772.x
  • Utter GH, Lee T-H, Rivers RM, Montalvo L, Wen L, Chafets DM, Reed WF, Busch MP. Microchimerism Decades after Transfusion among Combat-Injured U.S. Veterans from the Viet Nam, Korean, and World War II Conflicts. Transfusion, 48(8):1609-15, Aug 2008 (accepted 3/1/08,). PMID: 18503616 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]. Epub 2008 May 22. DOI: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2008.01758.x
  • Busch MP, Kleinman SH, Tobler LH, Kamel HT, Norris PJ, Walsh I, Matud JL, Prince HE, Lanciotti RS, Wright DJ, Linnen JM, Caglioti S. Viral and Antibody Dynamics in Acute West Nile Virus Infection. J Infect Dis, 198(7):984-993, Oct 1 2008 (accepted 28 Mar 2008). Epub 2008 Aug 25. PMID: 18729783 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Selected Awards

  • 2005 President’s Award, Society for the Advancement of Blood Management
  • 2005 Emily Cooley Award, American Association of Blood Banks
  • 2007 Visiting Professor, Rita & Taft Schreiber Lecture, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • 2000 inaugural Karen Williams Memorial Lecturer, South Central Association of Blood Banks

Additional Information

Michael P. Busch, MD, PhD
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF; Director, Blood Systems Research Institute; Senior Vice President, Research and Scientific Affairs, Blood Systems, Inc.
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Blood Systems Research Institute

Contact Information

  • Blood Systems Research Institute
  • 270 Masonic Avenue
  • San Francisco, CA 94118

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Other UCSF Organizational Association(s)


  • AIDS Research Institute (ARI): Basic Science Committee
  • Steering Committee; Executive Council

Affiliated faculty member

  • UCSF / UCB Institute for Global Health
  • UCSF GI Liver Center
  • Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
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