Medical Advisory Council

Accumen’s Medical Advisory Council is comprised of physician subject matter experts that provide clinical guidance across our best-in-class service lines, serving as a resource for Accumen’s clients throughout the partnership. This diverse group of physicians are recognized thought leaders with extensive experience in patient blood management, transfusion medicine and test utilization.

Medical Advisory Council

Stacey Valentine, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Pediatrics PBM

Jay Menitove, MD

Medical Director, West Region, cPBM

Richard Treat, MD

Medical Director, East Region, cPBM

Irwin Gross, MD

Sr. Medical Advisor, cPBM

Carolyn Burns, MD

Medical Director, Central Region, cPBM

Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA

Medical Director, cPBM
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Andrew Fletcher, MD, MBA, CPE, CHCQM, FCAP

Medical Director, Laboratory Stewardship

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Stacey Valentine, MD, MPH

Medical Director, Pediatrics PBM
Stacey L. Valentine, MD, MPH is a pediatric critical care physician at UMass Memorial Medical Center and an associate professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her clinical interests include anemia, blood transfusions, and pediatric acute lung injury. Dr. Valentine chose to pursue medicine early on, earning her medical degree from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, after which she pursued residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital for pediatrics. During her residency and fellowship, Dr. Valentine took care of patients who made a significant impact on her. Dr. Valentine began to focus more and more on ways to use patient blood management to not only treat anemia, but also to potentially avoid blood transfusions when possible. The Pediatric Critical Care Transfusion and Anemia Expertise (TAXI) was born out of discussions with the Pediatric Critical Care Blood Research Network. Dr. Valentine co-led the initiative, the goal of which was to create international recommendations for transfusion in critically ill children. TAXI led to the start of research into blood transfusions in pediatric critical care patient and the TAXI team developed more than 100 recommendations for pediatric transfusion practice. Dr. Valentine is a nationally recognized speaker, published author, and respected thought leader in the field of pediatric Patient Blood Management.

Jay Menitove, MD

Medical Director, West Region, cPBM

Jay Menitove, MD extended an internal medicine/hematology background into a patient outcome-focused blood banking career. In his more than 160 publications, the emphasis spanned minimizing transfusion transmitted infections to maximizing transfusion appropriateness Dr. Menitove served as the CEO and Medical Director of a major mid-western regional blood center. He is an Associate Editor of Transfusion. As a Medical Director at Accumen, Dr. Menitove will bring his passion for transfusion safety and blood product stewardship to Accumen partner hospitals. As a well published author and nationally recognized speaker in the field of transfusion medicine brings tremendous expertise and credibility to the team.

Richard Treat, MD

Medical Director, East Region, cPBM
Richard Treat, M.D. is Medical Director for the eastern United States for Accumen, Inc. He has been directly involved with Patient Blood Management (PBM) at the Medical College of Georgia, the University of Alabama Medical Center and most recently at Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Foundation facility. He has experienced a transition in programs from bloodless surgery to blood conservation to patient blood management in his years of practice. After developing the PBM program at Fairview Hospital Dr. Treat was part of the team which initiated such a program for all the CCF hospitals in Cleveland. He joined the Accumen PBM team so he could continue to apply his skill and commitment in this area to expand his efforts and involvement to continue improvement in blood and blood product use. He thinks this effort which improves patient safety and health care costs is one of the most important programs in healthcare today.

Irwin Gross, MD

Sr. Medical Advisor, cPBM

Irwin Gross is Senior Medical Director at Accumen Inc. Dr. Gross is a nationally recognized speaker and published author in Patient Blood Management and Transfusion Safety. Prior to his role as Senior Medical Director at Accumen, Dr. Gross served as the Chief of Pathology at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC, where he started the patient blood management program in 2006), Medical Director of Laboratories at Affiliated Laboratories, Inc., and as Medical Director of Transfusion Services from 1987 through 2014.

Carolyn Burns, MD

Medical Director, Central Region, cPBM

Carolyn Burns, M.D. is a Board-Certified Pathologist (AP/CP) and served as Medical Director/Chief of Pathology for the Jewish Hospital Healthcare System, Dept. of Pathology in Louisville, KY. from 1991-2011. This included medical directorship of Surgical Pathology, Transfusion Service, Patient Blood Management Program, Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, and Tissue Services for this 5-hospital system. She is on the Advisory Board and guest lecturer for the Bellarmine University Clinical Laboratory Science Program and serves as the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the American Red Cross Blood Center, River Valley Region.

Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA

Medical Director, cPBM

Dr. Shander is one of the world’s leading experts on bloodless medicine and patient blood management. He is Emeritus Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Hyperbaric Medicine at Englewood Health in Englewood, NJ as well as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Shander is a founding member, Advisory Director, and Past President of the Society for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management (SABM). In addition, he currently lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to patient blood management and his more than 200 peer reviewed publications have appeared in several prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals.