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Theresa A. Nester, M.D.

Professional Bio

Dr. Nester is the Associate Medical Director for the Bloodworks Northwest. She serves as medical director of the centralized transfusion service and the Immunohematology reference laboratory. She is board-certified in transfusion medicine and has 15 years of experience covering therapeutic apheresis patients.

Patient Care Bio

  • Consultant on all transfusion service and therapeutic apheresis issues.

Awards & Honors

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

Current Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine
    Department of Laboratory Medicine
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Active Medical Staff Privileges
    University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA
  • Active Medical Staff privileges
    Seattle Childrens Hospital
  • Associate Medical Director
    Bloodworks Northwest, Seattle, WA
  • Medical Director, Crossmatch and Red Cell Reference Laboratories
    Bloodworks Northwest, Seattle, WA

Board Certified Specialties

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • Transfusion Medicine


  • MD | Medicine | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 1994
  • BA | Chemistry | Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 1988

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

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

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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