CII Investigator recognized at the American Red Cross National Awards

The Hall of Service, American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. hosted a recognition dinner on March 20, 2013 in honor of exceptional works with the American Red Cross.  Dr. Pantalos was an honoree at the event.  

Dr. George Pantalos, Ph.D. is a member of the River Valley Blood Services Region Advisory Board, a dedicated platelet donor, a member of the region’s A-Team (Apheresis Team), a member of the Diversity Committee, and chair of the Community Outreach Committee.  He has served on the Platelet Advisory Group and as a first aid and disaster relief volunteer.  He is currently a professor of Surgery and Bioengineering and Principal Investigator at the University of Louisville/Jewish Hospital’s Cardiovascular Innovation Institute.

Dr. Pantalos began donating blood 30 years ago while a student at the Ohio State University.  Since 2000, in the River Valley Region  he has made more than 160 platelet and whole blood donations.  His platelet donations in the past 12 months put him in the top 15 percent of the region’s platelet donors.

During a conversation with a fellow professor, Dr. Pantalos learned a student activist group was initiating a committee in protest of the “MSM” blood donor deferral policy on the University of Louisville campus.  He joined with the student group to submit a petition to the FDA on the MSM deferral and has become a promoter of Red Cross blood drives on campus.  Thus, the efforts of Dr. Pantalos helped save 1,000 annual blood donations.

He isn’t just an activist; he’s also a researcher.  In collaboration with NASA, he took a Red Cross “Resuscitation Annie” educational mannequin on a NASA simulator to develop CPR methods to be used during times of weightlessness.

Always ready to help the Red Cross achieve its mission  Dr. Pantalos is someone you can always count on to represent the Red Cross well and help us advance our presence in the community.

We congratulate Dr. Pantalos on his exceptional work with the American Red Cross.