Elena Nedelcu, MD

Title(s)Professor, Laboratory Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address513 Parnassus Avenue, HSW, #M501
San Francisco CA 94143
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    Dr. Elena Nedelcu brings two decades of experience in clinical pathology, transfusion medicine, hematology diagnostics and cellular therapies. Her main interests are medical and post-graduate education, patient safety and quality in transfusion service, and cellular therapies.

    She earned her medical degree at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania and completed post-doctoral research in ex vivo expansion of cord blood cells and in utero transplantation of ontogenically diverse stem cells at a biotechnology company and University of California, San Diego. Dr. Nedelcu is board certified in Clinical Pathology, Hematology-Pathology and Transfusion Medicine and serves in AABB Global Transfusion Forum, Education Committee, The Blood Project Advisory Board, and the quality working group of the International Society for Blood Transfusion. She completed Clinical Pathology training at Harbor-University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Hematopathology and Cellular Therapy fellowships at UC Davis, and Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    At UCSF, she is the medical director of the UCSF Berkeley Cancer Center Laboratory, co-director and assistant medical director of the Transfusion Services at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and UCSF Medical Center, respectively. Dr. Nedelcu is the program director of the Herbert Perkins Cellular Therapy and Transfusion Medicine fellowship, and co-director of the Transfusion Medicine Elective and the Cellular Therapy Elective for the 4th year UCSF medical students.

    Prior to coming to UCSF, she was Assistant Professor in Hematology-Pathology, Transfusion Medicine and Clinical Immunology at University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston where she also served as the Quality Chief Officer for the Clinical Pathology division and was part of the team who established the Hemotherapy clinical service.

    She is passionate about bringing forth education about blood as a diagnostic and therapy tool to underserved and minority students and is part of UCSF Program for Investigation and Training for Careers in Healthcare (PITCH) and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) Summer Student Research Program (SSRP).

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    1. Differentiating patient characteristics between platelet refractory patients with and without antibodies to human leukocyte antigens. Transfusion. 2024 02; 64(2):210-215. Liu K, Stephens L, Nedelcu E, Bakhtary S. PMID: 38168737.
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    2. A Pediatric Patient with a Complicated History of Sickle Cell Trait. Clin Chem. 2022 10 06; 68(10):1245-1248. Nedelcu E, Wiencek JR, Pierre CC. PMID: 36201643.
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    3. A Single-Center Description of Pediatric Transfusion Reactions and Preventable Patient Harm. Hosp Pediatr. 2021 11; 11(11):e334-e338. Johns C, Bakhtary S, Wu R, Nedelcu E. PMID: 34635509.
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    4. Transfusion medicine and blood banking education and training for blood establishment laboratory staff: A review of selected countries in Africa. Transfusion. 2021 06; 61(6):1955-1965. Rambiritch V, Vermeulen M, Bell H, Knox P, Nedelcu E, Al-Riyami AZ, Callum J, van den Berg K, Education Subcommittee of the AABB Global Transfusion Forum. PMID: 33738810; PMCID: PMC8217161.
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    5. CRISPR/Cas9 for the Clinician: Current uses of gene editing and applications for new therapeutics in oncology. Perm J. 2020 12; 24:1-3. Boland J, Nedelcu E. PMID: 33482972; PMCID: PMC7849285.
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    6. Global survey of transfusion medicine curricula in medical schools: Challenges and opportunities. Transfusion. 2021 02; 61(2):617-626. Al-Riyami AZ, Louw VJ, Indrikovs AJ, Nedelcu E, Bakhtary S, Eichbaum QG, Smit Sibinga CT, Education Subcommittee of the AABB Global Transfusion Forum. PMID: 33091965; PMCID: PMC7894143.
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    7. Overtransfusion of Autologous Blood Identifies Opportunities for Improving Patient Blood Management. Cureus. 2019 Mar 07; 11(3):e4202. Perez A, Bakhtary S, Nedelcu E, Manuel S. PMID: 31114721; PMCID: PMC6505729.
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    8. Quality Improvement in Transfusion Practice of Orthotopic Liver Transplantation Reduces Blood Utilization, Length of Hospital Stay, and Cost. Am J Clin Pathol. 2019 03 01; 151(4):395-402. Nedelcu E, Wright MF, Karp S, Cook M, Barbu O, Eichbaum Q. PMID: 30535323; PMCID: PMC6593127.
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    9. PIFA PLUSS P4 Assay for Screening of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia. Lab Med. 2019 Jan 01; 50(1):73-77. Compton FB, Alrabeh R, Nguyen LQ, Nedelcu E, Wahed A, Nguyen ND. PMID: 30085261.
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    10. Acute autoimmune hemolytic anemia due to anti-Ena autoantibody successfully treated with rituximab. Transfusion. 2018 01; 58(1):176-180. Nedelcu E, Desai M, Green J, Bensing KM, Turner A, Head D, Young PP. PMID: 29023757.
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    11. Short-Term Experience with Off-Pump Versus On-Pump Implantation of the HeartWare Left Ventricular Assist Device. ASAIO J. 2017 Jan/Feb; 63(1):68-72. Gregoric ID, Radovancevic R, Akay MH, Jezovnik MK, Nathan S, Patel M, Patel JA, Nedelcu E, Nguyen ND, Loyalka P, Kar B. PMID: 27676411.
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    12. Bioinformatics Analysis to Determine Prognostic Mutations of 72 de novo Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cases from the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) with 23 Most Common Mutations and no Abnormal Cytogenetics. Ann Clin Lab Sci. 2015; 45(5):515-21. Welsh KJ, Nedelcu E, Wahed A, Bai Y, Dasgupta A, Nguyen A. PMID: 26586702.
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    13. Post-operative bleeding risk stratification in cardiac pulmonary bypass patients using artificial neural network. Ann Clin Lab Sci. 2015; 45(2):181-6. Huang RS, Nedelcu E, Bai Y, Wahed A, Klein K, Tint H, Gregoric I, Patel M, Kar B, Loyalka P, Nathan S, Radovancevic R, Nguyen AN. PMID: 25887872.
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    14. How do we manage cardiopulmonary bypass coagulopathy? Transfusion. 2014 Sep; 54(9):2158-66. Welsh KJ, Nedelcu E, Bai Y, Wahed A, Klein K, Tint H, Gregoric I, Patel M, Kar B, Loyalka P, Nathan S, Loubser P, Weeks PA, Radovancevic R, Nguyen AN. PMID: 24942083.
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    15. Mobile computing platform with decision support modules for hemotherapy. Am J Clin Pathol. 2014 Jun; 141(6):834-40. Huang RS, Nedelcu E, Bai Y, Wahed A, Klein K, Gregoric I, Patel M, Kar B, Loyalka P, Nathan S, Loubser P, Weeks PA, Radovancevic R, Nguyen AN. PMID: 24838328.
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    16. Clinical and serological responses following plasmapheresis in bullous pemphigoid: two case reports and a review of the literature. Blood Transfus. 2014 Apr; 12(2):269-75. Chang B, Tholpady A, Huang RS, Nedelcu E, Bai Y. PMID: 24931844; PMCID: PMC4039711.
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    17. Interpretation of coagulation test results using a web-based reporting system. Lab Med. 2014; 45(4):347-60. Quesada AE, Jabcuga CE, Nguyen A, Wahed A, Nedelcu E, Nguyen AN. PMID: 25316668.
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    18. Comparison between 1-needle technique versus 2-needle technique for bone marrow aspiration and biopsy procedures. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2013 Jul; 137(7):974-8. Al-Ibraheemi A, Pham T, Chen L, Syklawer E, Quesada A, Wahed A, Nedelcu E, Nguyen AN. PMID: 23808470.
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    19. Exclusive use of acid citrate dextrose for anticoagulation during extracorporeal photopheresis in patients with contraindications to heparin: an effective protocol. J Clin Apher. 2008; 23(2):66-73. Nedelcu E, Ziman A, Fernando LP, Cook K, Bumerts P, Schiller G. PMID: 18286495.
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    20. Standardized protocol to identify high-risk patients undergoing therapeutic apheresis procedures. J Clin Apher. 2008; 23(3):111-5. Lu Q, Nedelcu E, Ziman A, Bumerts P, Fernando L, Schiller G. PMID: 18521857.
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    21. Thrombopoietin enhances generation of CD34+ cells from human embryonic stem cells. Stem Cells. 2007 Jun; 25(6):1456-61. Srivastava AS, Nedelcu E, Esmaeli-Azad B, Mishra R, Carrier E. PMID: 17379761.
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    22. Chimerism and tolerance post-in utero transplantation with embryonic stem cells. Transplantation. 2004 Nov 15; 78(9):1274-82. Moustafa ME, Srivastava AS, Nedelcu E, Donahue J, Gueorguieva I, Shenouda SS, Minev B, Carrier E. PMID: 15548963.
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