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DePalma, Helene

DePalma, Helene

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor
Health Professions

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

Office Hours  
Wednesdays  1:00-2:00 
Thursdays  12:00-2:00 


Degree Institution Field Dates
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

Caruccio L and DePalma H. "Basic Genetics." Modern Blood Banking and Transfusion Practices, 7th edition. 2019: chapter 2.

Pham H, Williams L, DePalma H. "Pretransfusion Testing." Transfusion Medicine, Apheresis, and Hemostasis: Review Questions and Case Studies; 1st edition. 2017: .

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

H. DePalma, S. Vege, C. Lomas-Francis, S. Corby, and C.M. Westhoff. "A Novel ABO Allele Identified in a Reagent Donor Encodes an A Subgroup Phenotype." Transfusion. 59 Suppl S3 2019: P-IM-35.

Aeschlimann J, Lomas-Francis, C, Vege S, Sidhu M, DePalma H, Westhoff CM. "Discordance Between Historical Type, DNA Prediction and Serologic Reagents Reveals New GYPB*S Variant Allele." Transfusion. 59 Suppl S3 2019: P-IM-27.

DePalma H, Parsi M, Godbey E, Westhoff CM. "Historical Test Results: Process Considerations for Labeling Red Cells with Non-ABO/D Antigens (Abstract)." Transfusion. 58 Suppl S2 2018: IGT79.

DePalma H, Lomas-Francis C, Wilson-Sandberg K, Velliquette RW, Vege S, Westhoff CM. "Unexpected Antigen Typing Discrepancies in Testing of DAT+ RBCs with Monoclonal Reagents." Transfusion. 57 Suppl S3 2017: C34-AO3D.

DePalma H, Vege S, Lomas-Francis C, Velliquette RW, Westhoff CM. "Two Novel Non-coding Changes in JK*A Silence Antigen Expression." Transfusion. 56 Suppl S4 2016: SP322.

DePalma H, Vege S, Lomas-Francis C, Velliquette RW, Chou S, Westhoff CM. "Variant E Alleles (EIV) as a Cause of E Typing Discrepancies." Transfusion. 56 Suppl S4 2016: SP338.

Velliquette R, Vege S, Lomas-Francis C, Hu Z, Wieting W, DePalma H, Charles-Pierre D, Hue-Roye K, Westhoff C.. "RhC Typing Discrepancies In Minority Donors." Transfusion. 55 Suppl 2015: S33-020C.

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

" Transfusion Medicine, Hemostasis, Apheresis, and Cellular Therapy Review Session for Trainees " October 2018: AABB Annual Meeting.

" Back to Basics: What Do You Want Your Entry Level Technologist to Know? " June 2018, June 2017: ASCLS-NY Spring Seminar.

" Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Overview and Serologic Case Studies " April 2018, April 2017, April 2016, April 2015, April 2014: New York Blood Center, Current Practice in Transfusion Medicine Lecture Series.

" What Should I Do Next? A Case Study Approach to Blood Bank Problem- Solving " November 2015: ASCLS Region I Seminar.

" Get to Know Sickle Cell Disease: Talk With the Experts " April 2015: York College Division of Student Development and the Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network.

" 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

Board member, American Society for Clinical Lab Science-NY: 2017-2018.

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

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Volunteer reviewer, AABB abstracts for Annual Meeting: May 2019.

10th ed of the AABB Standards for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories (work product of the AABB IRL Standards Program Unit): published October 2017.

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

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

9th ed of the AABB Standards for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories (work product of the AABB IRL Standards Program Unit): published October 2015.

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.

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.

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.