Lirong Qu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology

Dr. Qu is a member of the Institute for Transfusion Medicine.

Office Location:
University of Pittsburgh
Institute of Transfusion Medicine
3636 Blvd of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Contact Information:
Office Telephone: 412-209-7428
Pager: 412-958-4246
Fax: 412-209-7325
Email: qul@upmc.edu

Education

  • MD - Huabei Medical College for the Coal Industry, Tangshan, Hebei, PR China, 1983
  • PhD - University of Pittsburgh, 1994

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Qu has eight years of experience in clinical transfusion medicine. As an assistant medical director previously and an Interim Medical director as of November 2011, Dr. Qu oversees the daily operation of a large Centralized Transfusion Service (CTS) at The Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM). CTS serves four teaching hospitals and 10 community hospitals in the greater Pittsburgh area, transfusing more than 115K red cells and 100K platelets annually. Dr. Qu is the program director for the Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship program at Department of Pathology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Research Interests

See the Selected Publications section for Dr. Qus research expertise and accomplishments.

Certifications

  • ECFMG Certificate by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate
  • Clinical Pathology: The American Board of Pathology
  • Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine: The American Board of Pathology

Specialties

Clinical Pathology, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

Awards and Honors

  • 1995 - Outstanding Student Award, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1995 - Best Doctoral Dissertation of the Year, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2002 - Young Investigator Award, Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists
  • 2007 - National Blood Foundation 1 year Grant award
  • 2008 - Nominated for Clinical Pathology Teaching Faculty of the Year, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Pathology
  • 2010 - Nominated for Clinical Pathology Teaching Faculty of the Year, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Pathology
  • 2011 - Nominated for Clinical Pathology Teaching Faculty of the Year, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Pathology

Selected Publications

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Dr. Qu's publications on PubMed

  1. Qu L, Rowe DT, Donnenberg AD, Griffin DL, Triulzi DJ. 2009. Effects of Storage and Leukoreduction on Lymphocytes and EBV Genome in Platelet Concentrates. Transfusion. 49:1580-3.
  2. Qu L, Jenkins F, Triulzi DJ. 2010. Human herpesvirus 8 genomes and seroprevalence in United States blood donors. Transfusion. 50:1050-56.
  3. Qu L, Triulzi DJ, Rowe DT, Jenkins FJ. 2011. Detection of HHV-8 (Human Herpesvirus 8) Genomes in Induced Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMNC) from US Blood Donors. Vox Sanguinis. 100:267-71.
  4. Xiong Z, Cavaretta J, Qu L, Stolz DB, Triulzi D, Lee JS. 2011. Red Cell Microparticles Show Altered Inflammatory Chemokine Binding and Release Ligand Upon Interaction with Platelets. Transfusion. 51:610-21.
  5. Qu L, Kiss JE, Dargo G, Carcillo JA. 2011. Outcomes of previously healthy pediatric patients with fulminant sepsis-induced multisystem organ failure receiving therapeutic plasma exchange. J Clin Apher. 26:208-13.
  6. Donadee C, Raat NJ, Kanias T, Tejero J, Lee JS, Kelley EE, Zhao X, Liu C, Reynolds H, Azarov I, Frizzell S, Meyer EM, Donnenberg AD, Qu L, Triulzi D, Kim-Shapiro DB, Gladwin MT. 2011 Nitric oxide scavenging by red blood cell microparticles and cell-free hemoglobin as a mechanism for the red cell storage lesion. Circulation. 124:465-76.
  7. Wang RR, Triulzi DJ, Qu L. 2012. Effects of prestorage versus poststorage leukoreduction on the rate of febrile nonhemolytic transfusion reactions to platelets. Am J Clin Path. Manuscript accepted.