Elena Nedelcu, MD

Clinical Professor in Medicine
Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Elena Nedelcu brings two decades of experience in clinical pathology, transfusion medicine, hematology diagnostics and cellular therapies. Her main interests are medical and post-graduate education, patient safety and quality in transfusion service, and cellular therapies.

She earned her medical degree at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania and completed post-doctoral research in ex vivo expansion of cord blood cells and in utero transplantation of ontogenically diverse stem cells at a biotechnology company and University of California, San Diego. Dr. Nedelcu is board certified in Clinical Pathology, Hematology-Pathology and Transfusion Medicine and serves in AABB Global Transfusion Forum, Education Committee, The Blood Project Advisory Board, and the quality working group of the International Society for Blood Transfusion. She completed Clinical Pathology training at Harbor-University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Hematopathology and Cellular Therapy fellowships at UC Davis, and Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

At UCSF, she is the medical director of the UCSF Berkeley Cancer Center Laboratory, co-director and assistant medical director of the Transfusion Services at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and UCSF Medical Center, respectively. Dr. Nedelcu is the program director of the Herbert Perkins Cellular Therapy and Transfusion Medicine fellowship, and co-director of the Transfusion Medicine Elective and the Cellular Therapy Elective for the 4th year UCSF medical students.

Prior to coming to UCSF, she was Assistant Professor in Hematology-Pathology, Transfusion Medicine and Clinical Immunology at University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston where she also served as the Quality Chief Officer for the Clinical Pathology division and was part of the team who established the Hemotherapy clinical service.

She is passionate about bringing forth education about blood as a diagnostic and therapy tool to underserved and minority students and is part of UCSF Program for Investigation and Training for Careers in Healthcare (PITCH) and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) Summer Student Research Program (SSRP).


A Pediatric Patient with a Complicated History of Sickle Cell Trait.

Clinical chemistry

Nedelcu E, Wiencek JR, Pierre CC

Transfusion medicine and blood banking education and training for blood establishment laboratory staff: A review of selected countries in Africa.


Rambiritch V, Vermeulen M, Bell H, Knox P, Nedelcu E, Al-Riyami AZ, Callum J, van den Berg K, Education Subcommittee of the AABB Global Transfusion Forum

Global survey of transfusion medicine curricula in medical schools: Challenges and opportunities.


Al-Riyami AZ, Louw VJ, Indrikovs AJ, Nedelcu E, Bakhtary S, Eichbaum QG, Smit Sibinga CT, Education Subcommittee of the AABB Global Transfusion Forum

Quality Improvement in Transfusion Practice of Orthotopic Liver Transplantation Reduces Blood Utilization, Length of Hospital Stay, and Cost.

American journal of clinical pathology

Nedelcu E, Wright MF, Karp S, Cook M, Barbu O, Eichbaum Q

PIFA PLUSS P4 Assay for Screening of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia.

Laboratory medicine

Compton FB, Alrabeh R, Nguyen LQ, Nedelcu E, Wahed A, Nguyen ND

Acute autoimmune hemolytic anemia due to anti-Ena autoantibody successfully treated with rituximab.


Nedelcu E, Desai M, Green J, Bensing KM, Turner A, Head D, Young PP

Short-Term Experience with Off-Pump Versus On-Pump Implantation of the HeartWare Left Ventricular Assist Device.

ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992)

Gregoric ID, Radovancevic R, Akay MH, Jezovnik MK, Nathan S, Patel M, Patel JA, Nedelcu E, Nguyen ND, Loyalka P, Kar B

Post-operative bleeding risk stratification in cardiac pulmonary bypass patients using artificial neural network.

Annals of clinical and laboratory science

Huang RS, Nedelcu E, Bai Y, Wahed A, Klein K, Tint H, Gregoric I, Patel M, Kar B, Loyalka P, Nathan S, Radovancevic R, Nguyen AN

How do we manage cardiopulmonary bypass coagulopathy?


Welsh KJ, Nedelcu E, Bai Y, Wahed A, Klein K, Tint H, Gregoric I, Patel M, Kar B, Loyalka P, Nathan S, Loubser P, Weeks PA, Radovancevic R, Nguyen AN

Mobile computing platform with decision support modules for hemotherapy.

American journal of clinical pathology

Huang RS, Nedelcu E, Bai Y, Wahed A, Klein K, Gregoric I, Patel M, Kar B, Loyalka P, Nathan S, Loubser P, Weeks PA, Radovancevic R, Nguyen AN

Clinical and serological responses following plasmapheresis in bullous pemphigoid: two case reports and a review of the literature.

Blood transfusion = Trasfusione del sangue

Chang B, Tholpady A, Huang RS, Nedelcu E, Bai Y

Interpretation of coagulation test results using a web-based reporting system.

Laboratory medicine

Quesada AE, Jabcuga CE, Nguyen A, Wahed A, Nedelcu E, Nguyen AN

Comparison between 1-needle technique versus 2-needle technique for bone marrow aspiration and biopsy procedures.

Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine

Al-Ibraheemi A, Pham T, Chen L, Syklawer E, Quesada A, Wahed A, Nedelcu E, Nguyen AN

Standardized protocol to identify high-risk patients undergoing therapeutic apheresis procedures.

Journal of clinical apheresis

Lu Q, Nedelcu E, Ziman A, Bumerts P, Fernando L, Schiller G

Thrombopoietin enhances generation of CD34+ cells from human embryonic stem cells.

Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio)

Srivastava AS, Nedelcu E, Esmaeli-Azad B, Mishra R, Carrier E

Chimerism and tolerance post-in utero transplantation with embryonic stem cells.


Moustafa ME, Srivastava AS, Nedelcu E, Donahue J, Gueorguieva I, Shenouda SS, Minev B, Carrier E