Jeannie Callum

Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology


Queen's University
201b, 88 Stuart Street, Kingston, Ontario Canada K7L 2V7
Research Interests
Clinical Interests
Transfusion Medicine
Appointment Status

Professional Memberships

  • International Society of Blood Transfusion
  • Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine
  • The American Association of Blood Banks
  • The Canadian Hematology Society
  • The American Society of Hematology

Jeannie Callum is on Twitter: @jeanniecallum

Jeannie L. Callum, MD, FRCPC, is a Transfusion Medicine Specialist and Hematologist at Kingston Health Sciences Center and Professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University.

She also serves as the lead for the QUEST transfusion research program at the University of Toronto and is a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.

Her primary interests in transfusion medicine include error tracking, blood utilization, and the management of the coagulopathy associated with traumatic injury and post cardiac surgery. She was involved in the development of the U.S. Biovigilance Network and the Canadian Transfusion Error Surveillance System. She has been involved with numerous transfusion clinical trials including ABLE, PROPPR, FIIRST, TACS, FIBRES, ROC-TXA, FARES and FiiRST-2.

She has written extensively about issues in transfusion medicine, publishing more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and authoring numerous book chapters. She also was the lead author on the Provincial (Ontario) transfusion handbook titled “Bloody Easy,” now preparing its fifth edition. In addition, she is on the editorial board for the “Transfusion Medicine Reviews” and “Transfusion” journals.

She earned her medical degree and completed a fellowship in internal medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition, Callum received transfusion medicine fellowship training with Canadian Blood Services.

Research Synopsis

Research focus: blood utilization, hemostasis in the bleeding patient, and transfusion-related errors.

Selected Publications

Peel JK, Trudeau J, Tano R, Jadunandan S, Callum J, Moussa F, Lin Y. Determining Optimal Treatment to Correct Preoperative Anemia and Reduce Perioperative Allogeneic Blood Transfusions in Cardiac Surgery: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2021 Jan 5:S1053-0770(20)31391-4. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2020.12.044. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33483268. Co-Author.

Pendergrast J, Armali C, Callum J, Cserti-Gazdewich C, Jiwajee A, Lieberman L, Lau W, Lin Y, Parmar N, Pavenski K, Riden LS, Shehata N, Willie-Ramharack K, Tomlinson G, Tong TN, Binnington B, Branch DR; QUEST Research Program. A prospective observational study of the incidence, natural history, and risk factors for intravenous immunoglobulin-mediated hemolysis. Transfusion. 2021 Jan 12. doi: 10.1111/trf.16232. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33433931. Co-Author.

Kron AT, Collins A, Cserti-Gazdewich C, Pendergrast J, Webert K, Lieberman L, Zeller MP, Harding SR, Nahirniak S, Prokopchuk-Gauk O, Lin Y, Mendez B, Armali C, Lee C, Watson D, Arnott D, Xun F, Blain H, Panchuk H, Hughes H, Chorneyko K, Angers M, Pilutti N, Lett R, Dowsley S, Ruijs T, Cupido T, Kichinko, Thompson T, Afshar-Ghotli Z, and Callum J. A prospective multi-faceted interventional study of blood bank technologist screening of red blood cell transfusion orders: The START study. Transfusion 2021 Jan 10. doi: 10.1111/trf.16243. Online ahead of print. Senior Author.

Raza S, Amaral AC, Pang J, Moussa F, Shelton D, Notario L, Harrington H, Callum JL, Yip PM. Reducing redundant creatine kinase testing in cardiac injury. BMJ Open Qual 2020 Dec;9(4):e001182. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2020-001182.

Mok G, Hoang R, Khan W, Pannell D, Peng H, Tien H, Nathens A, Callum J, Karkouti K, Beckett A, da Luz LT. Freeze-dried plasma for major trauma – systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery: 2020 Nov 3. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003012. Online ahead of print. Co-Author.

Zuckerman J, Coburn N, Callum J, Mahar AL, Zuk V, Lin Y, McLeod R, Turgeon AF, Zhao H, Pearsall E, Martel G, Hallet J. Declining use of red blood cell transfusions for gastrointestinal cancer surgery: A population-based analysis. Ann Surg Oncol 2020 Nov 9. Online ahead of print. Co-Author.

Hryciw N, Joannidis M, Hiremath S, Callum J, Clark EG. Intravenous albumin for mitigating hypotension and augmenting ultrafiltration during kidney replacement therapy. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol 2020 Oct 28. Online ahead of print. Co-Author.

Khandelwal A, Lin L, Cserti-Gazdewich C, Al Moosawi M, Armali C, Arnold D, Callum J, Dallas KL, Lieberman L, Pavenski K, Rioux-Masse B, Shehata N, Shih AW, Pendergrast J. TACO-BEL-3: a feasibility study and a retrospective audit of diuretics for patients receiving blood transfusions at ten hospital. Vox Sang 2020 Oct 26. Online ahead of print. Co-Author.

Tong TN, Blacquiere M, Sakac D, Burke-Murphy E, Yi Q, Callum J, Cserti-Gazdewich C, Parmar N, Shehata N, Pavenski K, Lau W, Lin Y, Lieberman L, Branch DR, Pendergrast J. The utility of a monocyte monolayer assay in the assessment of intravenous immunoglobulin-associated hemolysis. Transfusion. 2020 Oct 22. doi: 10.1111/trf.16131. Online ahead of print. Co-Author.

Hill-Strathy M, Pinkerton PH, Thompson TA, Wendt A, Collins A, Cohen R, Owens W, Cameron T, Lin Y, Lau W, Lieberman L, Callum J. Evaluating the appropriateness of platelet transfusions compared with evidence-based platelet guidelines. An audit of platelet transfusions at 57 hospitals. Transfusion. 2020 Oct 20. doi: 10.1111/trf.16134. Online ahead of print. Senior Author.



Sunnybrook Research Institute

Kingston Health Sciences Centre

University of Toronto

Queen's University

Honours and Awards

Education Abstract Award. Keating Paper of the Year Award (Winner). 13th Annual Academic Day, Divisions of Hematology and Hematopathology, University of Toronto (2020 - 2021)

The Leo Stevens Excellence In Leadership Award, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto (2017 - 2018)

J.G. Scott Award of Excellence in Hematology Teaching, Haematology, Dept of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (2013 - 2014)

LMP Teaching Award in Graduate Education, Dept of Lab. Medicine & Pathobiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (2012 - 2013)