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Dr. Millicent Sutton Named Medical Director
Financial Advisor & Reference Lab Manager Also Appointed

May 2011


Community Blood Services announces the appointment of Millicent Sutton, MD as its new medical director. Dr. Sutton will replace Ronald Walsh, MD who is leaving to pursue other professional challenges.

In addition, Pascal George and Denden Alcantara, formerly with New York Blood Center, have joined the Community Blood Services’ team. Mr. George comes on board as senior financial advisor and Ms. Alcantara as manager of the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory.

Dr. Sutton, who resides in White Plains, New York, has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of pediatric hematology/oncology and transfusion medicine. She previously served as director of Transfusion Medicine Service and Hudson Valley Blood Services at New York Blood Center. Prior to that, she had directed the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York and the Pediatric Sickle Cell Program at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, also in New York.

Dr. Sutton received her BA in chemistry from Dillard University in Louisiana and her MD from Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. Her post graduate training included fellowships in pediatric hematology at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, in pediatric oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, and in transfusion medicine at New York Blood Center. Click here to see Dr. Sutton’s curriculum vitae.

In addition, Dr. Sutton has conducted clinical research on sickle cell disease for which she received an award from the Sickle Cell Trust Foundation for her outstanding contributions. In 2005, she was named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal.

Pascal George, Senior Financial Advisor

As senior financial advisor, Mr. George will oversee the blood center’s financial department. A resident of Bedford, New York, Mr. George has more than 20 years experience in the hospital and biologics industries. He previously worked in a variety of positions at New York Blood Center, where he was executive director, Clinical Services and vice president, Blood and Medical Operations.

George holds a BS degree in math and science from College Militarie de St-Cyr-l’Ecole, France, an MBA equivalent in management from the ESSEC International Business School and an MBA in health care administration from Wharton Business School.

Denden Alcantara, Reference Laboratory Manager

Denden Alcantara, MS MT(ASCP)SBB will manage the center's Immunohematology Reference Lab (IRL) which performs complex and special serological techniques for antibody investigation. The IRL also facilitates providing rare antigen negative red cell units to chronically transfused patients.

Ms. Alcantara has more than a decade of experience in the field of transfusion medicine, specializing in immunohematology and blood banking. She previously worked at New York Blood Center (NYBC) as the senior immunohematologist of the Laboratory of Immunohematology and Genomics under the mentorship of two of the world's most renowned immunohematologists, Dr. Marion Reid and Christine Lomas-Francis. With the guidance of her mentors, Ms. Alcantara's research paper on the JAL (Rh48) antigen earned her the 2008 AABB Fenwal SBB Scholarship Award and the 2009 Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center SBB Scholarship Award.

Prior to NYBC, she worked in the blood bank of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City as the chief blood bank technologist.

Ms. Alcantara completed the Specialist in Blood Banking program of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston, Texas. She also an MS degree in forensic examination from Touro College.

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