Faisal Mukhtar

Faisal Mukhtar, M.D.

Medical Director Transfusion Services

Business Email: fmukhtar@ufl.edu

About Faisal Mukhtar


Dr. Faisal Mukhtar is Medical Director of Transfusion Services at Shands Hospital at University of Florida Blood Bank as well as Staff Cytopathologist. He also holds an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine.

Dr. Mukhtar earned his medical degree from Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He then pursued his Anatomic/Clinical Pathology residency at Howard University and Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C. After pathology residency he joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham to pursue fellowships in surgical pathology and cytopathology in Birmingham, AL. He then pursued fellowship in blood banking / transfusion medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/ Institute of Transfusion Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA.

He is quadruple board certified i.e., Anatomical pathology, Clinical Pathology, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine and Cytopathology.

He joined the University of Florida Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine in January 2015 as a faculty member, after serving as Medical Director of Blood Bank and Staff Pathologist for 2 ½ years at Howard University Hospital, Washington DC.

As Medical Director Transfusion Service, Dr. Mukhtar is responsible for ensuring the Quality Assurance and Control plan is carried out in an appropriate manner for the blood bank. Medical Director provides continuous feedback to the Manager and other technical staff in order to provide better patient care and meet the needs of patients and customers. Medical Director provides clinical consultation to medical staff and intervene in complex quality or patient care issues. Medical Director provides guidance and direction in the selection of instruments, test, methods, kits and computer software. Medical Director is required to review and approve validation of instrumentation or software, new and revised procedures as well as evaluating and determining the type of blood products will be made available for the patient. Medical Director is responsible for overseeing the implementation and adherence to the quality program. This is to include periodic monitoring and review of quality documents (Proficiency Testing, Incident /Variance reports, SUF Quality Improvement Reports, Patient Safety Reports for SUF and Transfusion Committee Dashboard Reports.

Dr Mukhtar’s research interests are in the areas of immunohematology, stem cell and solid organ transplants, blood program management/utilization, fine needle aspiration cytology including EUS/EBUS and use of screening test for prevention of gynecological malignancy.

He is a member of Association of Advancement in Blood and Biotherapies, College of American Pathologists and American Society of Clinical Pathology.


2023 · FindaTopDoc
Exemplary Teacher Award
2018 · The University of Florida College of Medicine

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
BMS6631 Hematology
Teaching Philosophy
I am deeply involved in teaching Pathology residents, Hematology fellows, medical students pathology assistant students and many other trainees. My accomplishments in teaching, advising, and instructional aspects have been challenging yet extraordinarily rewarding. First, the majority of my teaching accomplishments have come in the form of lectures I have given to pathology residents, medical school students, and dental school students. I have given didactic lectures on various blood groups, transfusion reactions, pretransfusion testing and evidence-based guidelines for blood product transfusions.

Board Certifications

  • Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
    American Board of Pathology
  • Cytopathology
    American Board of Pathology
  • Pathology – Anatomic and Clinical
    American Board of Pathology

Clinical Profile

As a part of my clinical service, I am responsible for a substantial part of the education of residents and fellows in the pathology department. I participated in a lab for second year medical students and participated in clerkship rotations involving fourth year medical students in Transfusion Medicine. I was also actively involved in the education of the hematology oncology fellows and maternal-fetal medicine fellows rotating in Blood Bank as a part of elective rotation for couple of weeks. I give yearly didactic lectures to Hematology Oncology fellows, Anesthesia residents and fellows, and physician’s assistant students.

I also serve as the Staff Cytopathologist at UF Health Shands Anatomical Pathology Laboratory, which processes both medical and gynecology cytology including FNA, body fluids and part of gynecological pathology service covering cervical biopsies. It also includes the Cytopathology Consultation Service.

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • Blood Banking
  • Cytopathology
Areas of Interest
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Gynecological cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Transplant services
  • Traumatic Injury

Research Profile

I am involved in several research projects with pathology residents and fellows as a part of Pathology training requirement. I am investigator in several projects in Blood Banking and Cytopathology. I have collaborated with various departments including Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care, Anesthesiology, Fetal-Maternal Medicine and Bone Marrow transplant.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)


Areas of Interest
  • Cytopathology
  • Transfusion Medicine


Bing-Neel syndrome: a rare neurological complication of Waldenström macroglobulinaemia.
BMJ case reports. 17(1) [DOI] 10.1136/bcr-2023-255268. [PMID] 38182164.
Prevalence of non 16/18 high risk human papilloma virus as a quality metric in gynecological cytology.
Diagnostic cytopathology. 52(7):377-380 [DOI] 10.1002/dc.25327. [PMID] 38651180.
Understanding and Overcoming the Pitfalls in Cytopathological Diagnosis of Hyalinizing Trabecular Tumor of Thyroid.
International journal of surgical pathology. 32(1):91-96 [DOI] 10.1177/10668969231166295. [PMID] 37050854.
Validation and implementation of telecytology at an academic medical center using digital cameras and Microsoft Teams software
Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology. [DOI] 10.1016/j.jasc.2024.04.004.
Adding Automation and Independent Dual Verification to Reduce Wrong Blood in Tube (WBIT) Events.
American journal of clinical pathology. 158(2):212-215 [DOI] 10.1093/ajcp/aqac031. [PMID] 35304892.
Improved management of placenta accreta spectrum disorders: experience from a single institution
Journal of Perinatal Medicine. 50(3):286-293 [DOI] 10.1515/jpm-2021-0263.
Effects of a Single Rapid Infusion System on Platelet Function in Stored Whole Blood: An Ex Vivo Study.
Cureus. 13(7) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.16518. [PMID] 34430129.
Evaluation of A plasma for incompatible patients.
Transfusion. 61(2):375-378 [DOI] 10.1111/trf.16170. [PMID] 33219552.
Effect of single operator cholangioscopy on accuracy of bile duct cytology.
Diagnostic cytopathology. 48(12):1230-1236 [DOI] 10.1002/dc.24553. [PMID] 32770823.
Rapid Resolution of Severe Vaping-induced Acute Lipoid Pneumonia after Corticosteroid Treatment.
American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine. 202(2):e32-e33 [DOI] 10.1164/rccm.201909-1826IM. [PMID] 32142357.
Soluble antigens in plasma allow mismatched transfusion without hemolysis
Transfusion. 58(4):1006-1011 [DOI] 10.1111/trf.14510. [PMID] 29392728.
Safety of the use of group A plasma in trauma: the STAT study.
Transfusion. 57(8):1879-1884 [DOI] 10.1111/trf.14139. [PMID] 28597478.
Frozen section evaluation of margins in radical prostatectomy specimens: a contemporary study and literature review.
Annals of diagnostic pathology. 24:11-8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2016.08.002. [PMID] 27649947.
Diagnostic error assessment and associated harm of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration of neuroendocrine neoplasms of the pancreas.
Cancer cytopathology. 121(11):653-60 [DOI] 10.1002/cncy.21332. [PMID] 23839928.


Fellowship – Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
2012 · Institute for Transfusion Medicine/ University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Fellowship – Cytopathology
2011 · University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fellowship – Selective Pathology
2010 · University of Alabama at Birmingham
Residency – Pathology
2009 · Howard University
Internship – Pathology
2006 · Howard University
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
2000 · Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan

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