Born in rural Illinois in a farming environment, Dr. Sutor went to Colorado College for an undergraduate degree in Biology, then on to Emory University for medical school. She moved to Dallas, Texas for residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at UT Southwestern, which included a concentrated year of training in transfusion medicine and blood banking.  Dr. Sutor joined the faculty at UT Southwestern after graduation, first as the associate blood bank director at Parkland Hospital, then joining Carter BloodCare, the community blood center, as their contracted medical director. She is currently Vice President of Medical and Technical Services at Carter BloodCare, as well as a medical director at Transplant Services Center, the eye and tissue bank for UT Southwestern. Dr. Sutor has a wide variety of interests that include resident and fellow education, laboratory management and administration,  blood donation and collection issues, apheresis, and hematopoietic progenitor cell collection and processing.


Medical School
Emory University School of Medicine (1985)
Parkland Memorial Hospital (1986), Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1990), Pathology

Research Interest

  • Applied techniques in transfusion medicine
  • Blood component therapy and non-transfusional implications of blood group antigens
  • Blood donor eligibility and collection and donor unit processing and testing
  • Donor and therapeutic apheresis
  • Hematopoietic progenitor cell collection and processing for transplantation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Variations in hemoglobin measurement and eligibility criteria across blood donation services are associated with differing low-hemoglobin deferral rates: a BEST Collaborative study.
Zalpuri S, Romeijn B, Allara E, Goldman M, Kamel H, Gorlin J, Vassallo R, Grégoire Y, Goto N, Flanagan P, Speedy J, Buser A, Kutner JM, Magnussen K, Castrén J, Culler L, Sussmann H, Prinsze FJ, Belanger K, Compernolle V, Tiberghien P, Cardenas JM, Gandhi MJ, West KA, Lee CK, James S, Wells D, Sutor LJ, Wendel S, Coleman M, Seltsam A, Roden K, Steele WR, Bohonek M, Alcantara R, Di Angelantonio E, van den Hurk K, Transfusion 2020 Feb
West nile virus infection incidence based on donated blood samples and neuroinvasive disease reports, northern Texas, USA, 2012.
Cervantes DT, Chen S, Sutor LJ, Stonecipher S, Janoski N, Wright DJ, Busch MP Emerging Infect. Dis. 2015 Apr 21 4 681-3
A case of masquerading alloantibodies: the value of a multitechnique approach.
Wennersten P, Sutor LJ Immunohematology 2014 30 3 117-20
Low CD34 collection from a healthy blood progenitor cell donor: a case report
MA Refaai, RM Cusick, G Paranjape, LJ Sutor J Clin Apher 2009 24 6 262-264
Physician decisions after-hours in the hospital blood bank: component selection.
LJ Sutor and G Paranjape. Lab Med 2006 37 9 563-6
Transfusion Medicine
LJ Sutor In: The Handbook of Clinical Pathology, 2nd ed, ed by RW McKenna and JH Keffer 2000 ASCP Press, Chicago 421-45
Therapeutic apheresis
RM Bradley and LJ Sutor In Essentials of Pediatric Intensive Care, 2nd edition, ed: DL Levin, FC Morriss 1997 Churchill-Livingstone, NY 1562-6
Adverse reactions to blood transfusion
LJ Sutor and HS Kaplan In Conns Current Therapy - 1995, ed: RE Rakel, 1995 W.B. Saunders Co, Philad 398-401
Blood bank tests and blood component usage
Sutor, L In: Handbook of Clinical Pathology, ed: JS Sandstad, RW McKenna and JH Keffer 1992 ASCP, Chicago
Infectious disease - immunologic tests section on HIV testing.
Sutor, L In: Handbook of Clinical Pathology, ed: JS Sandstad, RW McKenna and JH Keffer 1992 ASCP, Chicago

Honors & Awards

  • Chair, Donor Health and Safety Committee
    AABB (2021)
  • Board of Directors
    America's Blood Centers (2019-2022)
  • Chair, Scientific Medical Technical Committee
    America's Blood Centers (2019-2020)
  • Board of Governors
    American Association of Tissue Banks (2018-2020)
  • Chair, Physicians Council
    American Association of Tissue Banks (2018-2020)
  • Board of Directors
    South Central Association of Blood Banks (2016-2018)
  • Larry L. Trow Memorial Educational Award
    South Central Association of Blood Banks (2016)
  • Board of Directors
    America's Blood Centers (2012-2015)
  • President
    North Texas Society of Pathologists (2010)
  • Vernie A. Stembridge Annual teaching Award
    University of Texas Southwestern Department of Pathology Housestaff (1995)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Blood Banks (1987)
  • American Association of Tissue Banks (2004)
  • American Medical Association (1983)
  • American Society for Apheresis (1991)
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (1988)
  • College of American Pathologists (1988)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (1989)
  • International Society for Cellular Therapy (1995)
  • South Central Association of Blood Banks (1989)
  • Texas Medical Association (1989)