Dr. Michael D. Strong








Dr. Strong graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He served 20 years in the US Navy during which he received a PhD from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Strong began his career in 1965 as the Supervisor of the Blood Bank of the 1600-bed Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During 15 years of research at the Naval Medical Research institute in Bethesda, Maryland, he was involved in the establishment of the Organ and Bone Marrow Transplantation units of the Army and Navy; Histocompatibility, Clinical Immunology and Tissue Banking Programs at the National Naval Medical Center; and the institution of the National Marrow Donor Program.

Dr. Strong retired from the Navy in 1985 and moved to Seattle to become Vice-President of Research and Development at Genetic Systems, a biotech company. He joined the Puget Sound Blood Center in 1988 to establish the Northwest Tissue Center. He served in different capacities at the Blood Center, including Director of Laboratories and Chief Operating Officer and retired from the center in 2007. He retired in 2009 as a Research Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

During his more than 40 year career, Dr. Strong has written for more than 400 publications, including more than 65 book chapters in blood and tissue banking and has lectured at over 35 universities and hospitals on six continents. He currently serves as the North American Editor of the Journal of Cell and Tissue Banking. He has served on several boards including the American Association of Tissue Banks and the Northwest Organ Procurement Agency, and as President of the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks). He currently Chairs the U.S. Biovigilance Network Steering Committee of the AABB.

Additionally, Dr. Strong has conducted tissue bank training programs as an expert for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, India and Brazil. He has been a consultant for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he has served on the Blood Products Advisory Committee.

Dr. Strong is the recipient the DeGowin Lectureship in Blood Banking from the University of Iowa and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Americas Blood Centers, the AATB, the Asia Pacific Association of Surgical Tissue Banks and AABB.