Mission statement:

It is the mission of the Apheresis Program to be a leader in the provision of apheresis therapies, to provide the highest quality of care, to participate in clinical research and to support and promote the vision and strategic goals of the UC San Diego Health.


Hillcrest Basement room L-040, 9 West, as well as at Moores Cancer Center and Rady's Children's Hospital

Number of Beds: 

14 total treatment areas

Scope of Practice/Type of Patients:

Our patient demographic is Neurological Diseases (MS, NMO, MG), Oncology,/Hematology, Transplant, and Autoimmune diseases. We have a mix of staff including RNs, Administrative assistants, Nurse Manager and Nephrologists.

The types of procedures done on these units are: Therapeutic Plasmapheresis, Photopheresis, red Blood Cell Exchanges, Stem Cell Collection, WBC depletion and collection, Platelet depletion, and LDL. We use machines such as the Optia Aphereis Machine, Cellex Photopheresis Machine, and Kaneka LDL pheresis machine.

Highlights of the Unit:

The Apheresis team received the 2017 Nursing Team of the year Award. Staff participate and have submitted several abstracts to the CRRT (Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy), ASFA (American Society for Apheresis), ANNA (American Nephrology Nurse Association) conferences.

Staff participated in the Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk, “Light the Night” for Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Breast Cancer (Susan G Komen) Walk, National Kidney Foundation walk, UCSD Moores Cancer Center Annual Luau and Long Board Invitational. American Heart Association Heart Walk. Sickle Cell Foundation Walk.

Ideal candidates:

An ideal candidate will have a background in apheresis/acute dialysis and /or recent inpatient experience and experience with strong IV skills. Work effectively in both team-focused environment and sensitive to cultural diversity. Must have strong critical thinking and communication skills. Qualification in Apheresis Exam (QIA) which over half of our staff nurses have passed.

Training Programs:

We hold the annual EAAT conference (Essentials and Advances in Apheresis Therapies) in February and offer training programs for physicians and advanced practice nurses for Apheresis throughout the year.