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Christopher P. Stowell, MD, PhD

Associate Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Director of Blood Transfusion Services

Associate Professor in Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Stowell is Associate Director of Training and Education for the Clinical Pathology Residency Program, and Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program.

Department of Pathology
Clinical Interests
Transfusion medicine
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Board Certifications
Clinical Pathology/Laboratory Medicine, American Board of Pathology
Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine, American Board of Pathology
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Stowell serves as Associate Director for Clinical Pathology Resident Training, and Associate Director of the Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Stowell received his PhD in Biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University and his MD from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Clinical Pathology and a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in both specialties. His research focuses on the clinical and physiologic outcomes of red blood cell transfusion.  He is currently the site Principal Investigator for an NHLBI-funded multi-center study of the clinical effects of transfusing red blood cells stored for shorter or longer periods of time to patients undergoing complex cardiac surgery.  He is also the co-Principal Investigator on an ancillary study examining tissue oxygen saturation and microcirculatory blood flow in these patients.


Dr. Stowel researches the perioperative use of erythropoietin, hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers, and the clinical effects of red blood cell (RBC) Storage. For more information about research concepts, co-authors, and to see a timeline, visit Dr. Stowell's profile at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

  1. Effects of Red-Cell Storage Duration on Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery Steiner M, N Engl J Med. 2015 Apr 9;372(15):1419-29.
  2. Autologous transfusion of stored red blood cells increases pulmonary artery pressure. Berra L, Pinciroli R, Stowell CP, Wang L, Yu B, Fernandez BO, Feelisch M, Mietto C, Hod EA, Chipman D, Scherrer-Crosbie M, Bloch KD, Zapol WM., Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Oct 1;190(7):800-7.
  3. A Man with Paraneoplastic Retinopathy plus Small Fiber Polyneuropathy Associated with Waldenstr?m Macroglobulinemia (Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma): Insights into Mechanisms. Liu Y, Magro C, Loewenstein JI, Makar RS, Stowell CP, Dzik WH, Hochberg EP, Oaklander AL, Sobrin L., Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2014 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print]
  4. Adverse effects of hemorrhagic shock resuscitation with stored blood are ameliorated by inhaled nitric oxide in lambs*. Baron DM, Beloiartsev A, Nakagawa A, Martyn T, Stowell CP, Malhotra R, Mayeur C, Bloch KD, Zapol WM. Crit Care Med. 2013 Nov;41(11):2492-501.

Thanking donors for the gift of life

MGH Hotline 10.02.09 It is estimated that one in 10 patients admitted to the MGH will need a blood transfusion. A patient having a coronary bypass requires an average of one to five units of blood, while a patient receiving a liver transplant may require up to 100 units.

Celebrating the re-signing of Mass General's charter through a lifesaving blood donation

Commemorate the re-signing of the original Mass General charter on February 25, 2011 by donating blood on a Mass General bloodmobile at the Massachusetts State House and McLean Hospital.

First donor in new location

The MGH Blood Donor Center opens in its temporary location on White 12.

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Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-2815
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