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Carter BloodCare CMO Dr. Laurie Sutor announces 2024 retirement

Recognized for over four decades of service and excellence in the medical field    

Dr. Laurie J. Sutor, Vice President of Medical Services and Chief Medical Officer for Carter BloodCare, has announced her retirement for 2024.

Her planned retirement next August will cap a 30-year career with Carter BloodCare and more than 40 years in health care. As CMO for one of the largest blood programs in Texas, Dr. Sutor leads the Department of Medical Services, a team of medical directors with training and expertise in blood banking and transfusion medicine.

In addition, Dr. Sutor’s leadership responsibilities include Carter BloodCare’s departments of Clinical Apheresis, Reference and Transfusion, Procedure Development, Donor Notification, and the Cellular Therapy Laboratory.

Dr. Sutor also serves as Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where she practices and teaches blood banking and transfusion medicine, and Medical Director at the Transplant Services Center, a full-service tissue bank on the UT Southwestern campus that procures, processes, stores and distributes tissue allografts.

“Dr. Sutor’s long-standing relationship with the university represents all that is good about Carter BloodCare in the halls of academia. That’s been an incredibly valuable contribution,” said Dr. Merlyn Sayers, President and CEO of Carter BloodCare. “Carter BloodCare has so many interfaces with the community – volunteers, businesses, places of worship, schools – and Dr. Sutor has contributed to every one of those interfaces. The professionalism, dedication and creativity she has brought to Carter BloodCare and the community we serve is beyond compare.”

Education

She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and her medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Following an anatomic and clinical pathology internship at Dallas’ Parkland Memorial Hospital, she completed her residency at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, with specialty training in transfusion medicine and blood banking. 

Dr. Sutor is board certified by the American Board of Pathology and has an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Leadership and recognition

She is a distinguished member of several leading professional associations, including the American Association of Blood Banks, the American Association of Tissue Banks, the American Medical Association, the American Society for Apheresis, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, the Dallas County Medical Society, the International Society for Cellular Therapy, the South Central Association of Blood Banks and the Texas Medical Association.

Throughout her career, Dr. Sutor has held leadership roles with many regional and national medical professional groups. These include President of the North Texas Society of Pathologists, Chair of the Scientific Medical Technical Committee with America’s Blood Centers, Chair of the Physician’s Council with the American Association of Tissue Banks, Chair of the Council of Science and Public Health for the Texas Medical Association, member and Treasurer of the Board of Directors with America’s Blood Centers, and member of the Board of Directors of Blood Centers Exchange (BCx).

Awards and recognition include the Larry L. Trow Memorial Educational Award, presented by the South Central Association of Blood Banks, and the Vernie A. Stembridge Annual Teaching Award from the University of Texas Southwestern Department of Pathology.

Dr. Sutor is the published author of numerous research articles to expand the awareness and in-depth understanding of transfusion medicine, blood component usage, therapeutic apheresis and many other crucial disciplines.