Dr. Michelle Zeller

Division of Hematology & Thromboembolism

Michelle Zeller


Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism, Department of Medicine

Director of Operations, Transfusion Medicine Training Program




Academic (or Research or Clinical) Interests

Dr. Michelle Zeller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism, McMaster University, and a Medical Officer for Canadian Blood Services. She is the Program Director for the Transfusion Medicine Training Program, a Royal College accredited Area of Focused Competence (AFC Diploma) at McMaster University.

Dr. Zeller graduated with a Medical Degree from the University of Toronto in 2007. She continued her postgraduate training at the University of Western Ontario, obtaining her FRCPC in Internal Medicine (2011) and Hematology (2012). Dr. Zeller achieved a Masters in Health Professions Education through the University of Masstricht, Nl (2014) and completed training in Transfusion Medicine through McMaster University (2015) prior to joining the Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism (2015). Dr. Zeller obtained her Transfusion Medicine AFC Diploma of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (DRCPSC) in 2016.

Her clinical interests include iron deficiency anemia and hemochromatosis. Her research interests include outcomes-based assessment in medical education, informed consent and blood product utilization. She is involved in developing a data-driven research program to facilitate relevant and efficient access to data for assessing knowledge translation activities, quality improvements projects and patient safety initiatives.

Selected Publications

  1. Zeller MP, Barty R, Dunbar NM, Elahie A, Flanagan P, Garritsen H, Kutner JM, Pagano MB, Pogłód R, Rogers TS, Staves J, van Wordragen-Vlaswinkel M, Zwaginga JJ, Murphy MF, Heddle NM, Yazer MH; Biomedical Excellence for Safey Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative. An international investigation into AB plasma administration in hospitals: how many AB plasma units were infused? The HABSWIN study. Transfusion. 2018 Jan;58(1):151-157. Doi: 10.1111/trf.14368. Epub 2017 Oct 14
  2. Michelle P. Zeller and Madeleine Verhovsek. Treating iron deficiency. CMAJ. 2017 Mar 13;189(10).
  3. Zeller MP, J. Sherbino, L. Whitman, R. Skeate and DM Arnold. Design and Implementation of a Competency-Based Transfusion Medicine Training Program in Canada. Transfusion Medicine Reviews. 2016;30(1):30-6
  4. Zeller MP, NM Heddle, JG Kelton, K Hamilton, G Wang, N Sholapur, J Carruthers, C Hsia, N Blais, L Toltl, C Hamm, M Pearson, and DM. Arnold. Use of Intravenous Immune Globulin for Immune Thrombocytopenia Following the Introduction of Thrombopoietin Receptor Agonists. Transfusion. 2016;56(1):73-9
  5. Zeller MP, Khalid S. Al Habsi, Mia Golder, Geraldine M. Walsh, and William P. Sheffield. Plasma and Plasma Protein Product Transfusion: A Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation Symposium. Transfusion Medicine Reviews. 2015;29(3):181–94
  6. Zeller MP, Cristancho S, Mangel J, Goldszmidt M. Back to Anatomy: Improving Landmarking Accuracy of Clinical Procedures Using a Novel Approach to Procedural Teaching. Southern Medical Journal 2015;108(6):310-7
  7. Zeller MP, Al Habsi K, Heddle N. Prophylactic Platelet Transfusions: Should they be a treatment of the past? Current Opinion in Hematology 2014;21(6):521-527
  8. Zeller MP, Goldszmidt M, Mangel J, et al. Bare Bones: A Return to Anatomy for Teaching Bone Marrow Biopsy and Aspirate Procedures. Teaching module with video, instructor’s guidelines and power point presentation. Mededportal Publication May 13, 2015 https://www.mededportal.org/publication/10091