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Fred V. Plapp, MD, PhD

Frederick Plapp portrait
Clinical Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
fplapp@kumc.edu

Professional Background

Following completion of his residency, he joined the faculty of the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine, where he practiced Pathology five years. Then, he became Assistant
Medical Director of the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. In 1987, Dr. Plapp became a Clinical Pathologist at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He served as Medical Director of Saint Luke’s Regional Laboratories since 1991. In September 2015, he became a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Kansas University Medical Center, where he serves as medical director of laboratory medicine.

He co-founded ClinLab Navigator, LLC and created the web site, ClinLabNavigator.com, which is a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals containing more than 900 laboratory test interpretations and guidelines. He published a textbook entitled Essentials of Transfusion Medicine. His primary areas of
academic interest are clinical chemistry, immunology, transfusion medicine and
apheresis.

Education and Training
  • MD, M.D., University of KansasMedicalCtr
  • PhD, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
  • BA, BA, University of Kansas, Lawerence, Kansas
  • Other, Pathology, American Board of Pathology
  • Residency, Pathology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Other, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Internship, Pathology, University of Chicago Hospitals & Clinics, Chicago, Illisnois
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts License, Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
  • State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts of Missouri License, State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts of Missouri
Professional Affiliations
  • Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, Member, 1994 - Present
  • American Association of Blood Banks, Blood Data Committee, Member, 1991 - 1992
  • American Association of Blood Banks, Technical Manual Committee, Member, 1991 - 1992
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Member, 1989 - Present
  • Metropolitan Medical Society, Board of Directors, Member, 1986 - 1987
  • American Association of Blood Banks, Scientific Abstracts Committee, Ad-Hoc Member, 1984 - 1987
  • Heart of America Blood Bank Association, Vice President, 1983 - 1984

Research

Overview

Dr Plapp and his colleagues invented the solid phase red
cell adherence method for pre-transfusion serologic testing that is presently
marketed as Capture P and Capture R by Immucor Inc. in Norcross, GA. The
American Association of Blood Banks recognized this work by awarding the Morton
Grove-Rasmussen Memorial Award.

He is currently involved in applied clinical research in laboratory medicine

Publications
  • Plapp, F., V, Rachel, J., M, Beck, M., L, Sinor, L., T. 1985. Dipstick ABO grouping. Transfusion, 25, 475
  • Beck, M., L, Sinor, L., T, Rachel, J., M, Plapp, F., V. 1985. Solid phase ABO grouping using saliva. Medical Laboratory Sciences (42), 86-87
  • Rachel, J., M, Sinor, L., T, Tawfik, O., W, Summers, T., C , Beck, M., L, Bayer, W., L, Plapp, F., V. 1985. A solid phase red cell adherence test for platelet crossmatching. Medical Laboratory Sciences (42), 194-195
  • Plapp, F., V, Sinor, J., M, Sinor, L., T. 1986. Dipsticks for determining ABO blood groups. Lancet, 1465-1466
  • Rachel, J., M, Summers, T, Sinor, L., T, Plapp, F., V. 1988. Use of a solid phase red cell adherence method for pre-transfusion platelet compatibility testing. American Journal of Clinical Pathology (90), 63-68
  • Rachel, J., M, Zucker, M., L, Fox, C., M, Plapp, F., V. 2007. Monoclonal B-cell Lymphocytosis in Blood Donors. British Journal of Haematology (139), 832-836
  • Shim, Y., K, Rachel, J., M, Ghia, P, Boren, J, Faima, A, Dagklis, A, Venable, G, Kang, J, Degheidy, H, Plapp, F., V, Vogt, R., F, Menitove, J., E, Marti, G., E. 2014. Monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis in healthy blood donors: and unexpectedly common finding. Blood, 9 (123), 1319-1326
  • Doering, T., A, Plapp, F, Crawford, J., M. 2014. Establishing an Evidence Base for Critical Laboratory Values. American Journal of Clinical Pathology (142), 617-628
  • Ye, Z, Wolf, L., A, Plapp, F., V. 2019. Risk of RBC alloimmunization in multiple myeloma patients treated Daratumumab. Vox Sanguinis
  • Plapp, Fred. 2020. The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Summary, A Special Supplement from The Pathologist. https://thepathologist.com/subspecialties/the-covid-19-pandemic-a-summary