Leo J McCarthy

Leo J McCarthy

Leo J McCarthy
Department of Medicine & Pediatrics
Indiana University, USA


Leo J McCarthy, M.D. an expert on the history of blood transfusion, and Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medicine and Pediatrics continue research and lectures on transfusion. In 1991, Dr McCarthy became a Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, which was established in 1654, and in 1994 he became a fellow in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Dr. McCarthy created and endowed the Annual McCarthy Lecture in Transfusion Medicine in 1997 at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he, also, established an accredited fellowship in Transfusion Medicine in collaboration with the Indiana Blood Centre. At the 1997 Indiana Association of Blood Banks he received the Victor H. Muller Award to acknowledge his contributions to transfusion medicine, blood banking and transfusion services.

In 2000 he became an alumnus member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society Nebraska Chapter. He was honoured in 2001 with the IUPUI campus-wide Glenn W. Irwin, JR., M.D. Excellence Recognition Award.

In 2002 he received John Elliot Memorial Award that recognizes an individual for outstanding service to the American Association of Blood Banks, an international, not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of science and the practice of transfusion medicine. One year later in recognition of his mastery of and passion for transfusion medicine, he became a Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest awarded by the Governor.

Dr. McCarthy, the formerly director of Transfusion Medicine for Indiana University School of Medicine for three decades, now produces scholarly works on the history of transfusion. Dr. McCarthy has created two unique, graphic visions of blood transfusion throughout history. The Timeline of the History of Transfusion and the Indiana University School of Medicine Library are pleased to present this original graphic of the time line on the history of transfusion.

Research Interest

History of Blood Transfusion, Medicine and Pediatrics.