DePalma, Helene

Associate Professor
Health Professions

Phone: 718-262-2273
Office Location: SC-004A

Office Hours 
Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 
Fridays 12:00-1:00 


MS Fordham University Adult Education and Human Resource Development 2011 
BS State University of New York at Albany Medical Technology 1980 
Helene DePalma is an associate professor in York College’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program in the Department of Health Professions. She teaches courses in Immunohematology, Hematology, Molecular Pathology and Laboratory Management. Her professional experience includes over 25 years of laboratory management in various hospital and blood center clinical laboratories. Her expertise and research interests include laboratory management, quality assurance and transfusion medicine, particularly blood group genomics.

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Laboratory Science
Laboratory Management
Immunohematology/Transfusion Medicine
Quality Assurance/Regulatory Compliance

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Lomas-Francis, C., DePalma, H.. "DNA-based assays for patient testing: their application, interpretation, and correlation of results." Immunohematology. 24(4) 2008: 180-189.

Mally P, Golombek S, Mishra R, Nigam S, Mohandas K, DePalma H, et al.. "Association of necrotizing enterocolitis with elective packed red blood cell transfusions in stable, growing, premature neonates." Am J Perinatol. 23 2006: 451-458.

Montecalvo M, Lee MS, DePalma H, Wynn P, et al.. "Seroprevalence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1, Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus in patients having major surgery." Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 16 1995: 627-632.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Reid, ME and DePalma H. "Molecular testing for blood groups in transfusion medicine." Immunohematology: Principles and Practice. 3rd edition. 2009: 95-106.

Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

DePalma H, Vege S, Hu Z, Burgos A, Hue-Roye K, Lomas-Francis C, and Westhoff C.. "Identification Of Novel JK*B Variants (Abstract).." Transfusion. 54 Suppl 2014: S71-030L.

DePalma H, Strauss D, Corvino, T, et al.. "The Labeling of Antigen Negative Blood and Subsequent Discrepancies: A Retrospective Review (Abstract)." Transfusion. 52 Suppl 2012: S36-020C.

Hue-Roye, K, Lomas-Francis, C, DePalma, H.. "Multiplex assays: Too many primers can lead to suboptimal results (Abstract)." Transfusion. 50 Suppl 2010: 152A.

Hue-Roye K, Patel P, DePalma H, Lomas-Francis C, Charles-Pierre D, Reid ME. "DNA-based assays fill a reagent void to identify V/VS− and Js(a−) blood donors (Abstract)." Transfusion. 49 Suppl 2009: 121A-122A.

J. Schwartz, H. DePalma, K. Kapoor et al.. "Anti-A titers in group O single donor platelets: to titer or not to titer." Transfusion. 43 Suppl 2003: 115.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Overview and Serologic Case Studies " April 2015, April 2014: New York Blood Center, Current Practice in Transfusion Medicine Lecture Series.

" What’s In Your Blood Bank Toolkit? A Case Study Approach to Resolving Serological Challenges " June 2014: American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Spring Seminar.

" Blood Group Systems " April 2013: Pathology Residents Lecture Series, New York Blood Center.

" Molecular Methods in the Blood Bank " March 2013: Department of Pathology, Hospital for Special Surgery.

" Blood Bank Case Studies " June 2012: ASCLS-NY Spring Seminar.

" Blood Group Antigens and Antibodies " February 2011: NY Presbyterian-Cornell campus, Hematology/Oncology Fellows.

" Molecular Methods in Immunohematology " September 2011: NY Presbeterian-Columbia Campus, Department of Pathology.

" Introduction to Molecular Methods in Immunohematologu " February 2011: New Jersey Society of Blood Bank Professionals, Winter Seminar.

" Molecular Biology Coming Your Way " October 2007: AABB Annual Meeting.

" Management and Efficiencies in Transfusion Services " April 2005: American Society of Clinical Pathologists Teleconference Series.

Offices Held In Professional Societies

President, Blood Banks Association of New York State: 2001-2003.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Blood Banks Association of NY State Annual Meeting Planning Committee: 2014-2015.

Volunteer reviewer, student poster abstracts, American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, Education Scientific Assembly: 2014-2015.

AABB Molecular Testing Laboratories Standards Program Unit: 2013-present.

8th edition of the AABB Standards for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories (work product of the AABB IRL Standards Program Unit): published October 2013.

CUNY-Hunter Advisory Board, MS in Biomedical Lab Management Program: 2012-present.

AABB Immunohematology Reference Laboratories Standards Program Unit: 2011-present.

Auxiliary Panel,NY State Education Department State Board for Clinical Laboratory Technology: 2005-present.

AABB Annual Meeting Education Program Unit Committee: 2004-2008.

Volunteer accreditation inspector, AABB and College of American Pathologists: 2004-present.

New York State Licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist: 2006-present.

DePalma, Helene

DePalma, Helene
Associate Professor
Health Professions