Ahmed Coovadia, BSc, MLT (CSMLS), CLS (NCA)

Ahmed Coovadia graduated from the University of Waterloo and Toronto Institute of Medical Technology. He began his career in medical technology at Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre (SWCHSC) in Haematology and Blood Bank.

During his tenure, his roles changed from primarily a bench technologist to manager of the Blood and Tissue Bank. Ahmed has served on various committees, such as the Antibody Club, CSTM Conference Chair 1996, and President of the HEMOCARE Users Group 1995-97. Ahmed was the President of the Canadian Society of Transfusion Medicine (2004 - 2005).

Ahmed is an active member of the AABB Accreditation Program and was among the first group to receive assessor status for Quality Management Program-Laboratory Services, Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (QMP-LS OLA).

Ahmed completed the centralization of three transfusion services as part of the amalgamation process and served as the manager responsible for the laboratory services quality plan development and implementation at Sunnybrook.

He is currently the CBS Hospital Liaison Specialist for Central Ontario.

Selected Publications

Xenocostas A, Callum JL, Coovadia AS, Reis MD. Prolonged in vitro hemolysis of EDTA-anticoagulated blood after a delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction. Transfusion. 2002 Aug;42(8):1086-8.

Lin Y, Callum JL, Coovadia AS, Murphy PM. Transfusion of ABO-nonidentical platelets is not associated with adverse clinical outcomes in cardiovascular surgery patients. Transfusion. 2002 Feb;42(2):166-72.

Callum JL, Kaplan HS, Merkley LL, Pinkerton PH, Rabin Fastman B, Romans RA, Coovadia AS, Reis MD. Reporting of near-miss events for transfusion medicine: improving transfusion safety. Transfusion 2001 Oct;41(10):1204-11. Callum JL, Pinkerton PH,

Coovadia AS, Thomson AE, Dewsbury F. An evaluation of the process and costs associated with targeted lookbacks for HCV and general notification of transfusion recipients. Transfusion 2000 Oct;40(10):1169-75. Coovadia AS, Armstrong C, Chan R, Pinkerton PH. Assessment of an instrument for automated reagent and specimen dispensing in blood banking. Transfus Sci 1997 Dec;18(4):517-22.