Our Apheresis Team

The apheresis team consists of physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, certified apheresis technicians, and medical assistants who closely collaborate with other clinicians on the health care team to provide optimal care. The apheresis team includes:


  • Ravi Sarode, M.D., Medical Director
  • Amena Usmani, M.D., M.B.A.
  • James Burner, M.D.
  • Nicole De Simone, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director

Physician Assistants

  • Matt Strunk
  • Shiney Valiyparambil

Nursing Staff and Technologists

The apheresis program is supported by a dedicated team of nurses and technologists who have specialized in performing apheresis procedures. In addition to their specialized training, the majority of our nurses have intensive care unit experience. Our apheresis staff are involved on many hospital committees to continually improve patient care, actively involved in research to further the knowledge of apheresis and lead various volunteering projects.