Patient care

Theresa A. Nester, M.D.

Professional Bio

Dr. Nester is the Co-Chief Medical Officer for the Bloodworks Northwest. She serves as Medical Director of Integrated Transfusion Services, and the Immunohematology Reference, & Donor Testing Laboratories. Dr. Nester also serves as the Program Director of the Blood Banking / Transfusion Medicine fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is board-certified in transfusion medicine and has 25 years of experience directing laboratories and consulting on patients with complex transfusion needs.

Patient Care Bio

  • Consultant on all transfusion service and therapeutic apheresis issues.

Current Appointments

  • Co-Chief Medical Officer (Bloodworks Northwest)
  • Medical Director, Integrated Transfusion Services, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory, Red Cell Genomics Laboratory, & Donor Testing Laboratory (Bloodworks Northwest)
  • Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine (University of Washington)
  • CLIA Director (Bloodworks Integrated Transfusion Service Laboratory, Renton Donor Testing Laboratory & Evergreen Transfusion Service Laboratory)
  • Active Medical Staff Privileges: EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Medical Center, & Virginia Mason Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
  • Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine


  • Fellowship | Institute for Transfusion Medicine | Pittsburgh, PA, 2001
  • MD | Medicine | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 1994
  • BA | Chemistry | Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 1988

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

  • Internal Medicine Intern, Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY, 1994-1995
  • Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Resident, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1995-1999
  • Transfusion Medicine Fellow, University of Pittsburgh/ Institute for Transfusion Medicine
    Pittsburgh, PA, 2000-2001

Awards & Honors

  • 1988: Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1999: Associated Regional & University Pathologists (A.R.U.P.) Resident’s Award for accomplishments while serving as assistant medical director over blood donor and
    apheresis services.
  • 2005, 2006, & 2012: University of Washington Dept. of Laboratory Medicine Faculty of the Year for excellence in teaching.

theresa nester

Bloodworks Northwest
921 Terry Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Main line: (206) 292-6500
Direct line: (206) 689-6511
Apheresis: (206) 689-6555

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