Lee Grabner, ART (CSMLS)

I began my career in Hematology at the Winnipeg General Hospital (now Health Sciences Centre), advancing from bench technologist to clinical laboratory instructor to charge technologist. During those 16 years I obtained my ART in Hematology.

In 1989 I assumed the role of Coordinator of the Blood Transfusion Service at the Health Sciences Centre (HSC). The Health Sciences Centre is a tertiary care teaching hospital comprised of 5 hospitals. It is designated the Manitoba trauma centre, the centre for solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, and most hospital-based pediatric care in the province. It also provides programs such as adult and pediatric oncology, cardiac, vascular, trauma surgery and women’s health. The HSC is part of a centralized transfusion service (CTS) unique in Canada.

In 2006 I accepted the position of Laboratory Manager for Diagnostic Services at Canadian Blood Services - Winnipeg Centre. CBS Winnipeg Centre provides centralized transfusion services to 2 tertiary care hospitals, 4 community hospitals, and 2 health centres in Winnipeg as well as 70 hospitals in rural Manitoba and also provides reference services for Northwestern Ontario and 6 Manitoba crossmatching sites. The CTS is based in the Diagnostic Services Crossmatch Laboratory. CBS Winnipeg Centre is situated on the HSC campus.

We also provide a centralized provincial perinatal testing service based out of the Manitoba Rh Program Laboratory and national HPA, HLA and HNA testing provided by the Platelet Immunology Laboratory.


Member AABB

Member CSTM

2006 - present Member, Transfusion Medicine Nurse Expert Resource Group, Blood Programs, Manitoba Health

2002 Member, Transfusion Medicine Working Group on Quality Improvement, Blood Programs, Manitoba Health

1998 – present Assessor/Inspector for the Manitoba Quality Assurance Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba

1996 – 2003 Member, Transfusion Medicine Working Group, Manitoba Quality Assurance Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba

2000 – 2001 Member, Manitoba Hepatitis C Blood Recipient Notification Project, Blood Programs, Manitoba Health

1994 – 1996 Vice President, President, Past President, Manitoba Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (MSMLT)