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​The​Highest Quality Apheresis Procedur​es 

Apheresis Associates of Northern Virginia, LLC. offers all you need for a successful donation from start to finish.

Our clients receive the absolute best care available.

Our nurses achieve the highest cell populations with the highest purity.

99.9% of all donations are done peripherally within 5 hours, with low to no ACD-A side effects, making us one of the leading apheresis clinics in the country.

We are a fully equipped independent clinic with more than 65 years of

combined experience in apheresis and an unmatched commitment to outstanding quality patient care and compliance with international quality standards.

Our clinic is located just outside the Nation’s Capital, close to 3 major airports, and across the street from a level one trauma center.

Prompt response and guaranteed one-day collection.

Spectra Optia (TerumoBCT) equipment helps us achieve exceptional efficiency in cell separation and always meet our collection goals.


How We Started

The FPA apheresis service, founded in 2002, was contracted to become part of the NMDP network in 2004. Soon, it became well-known for service. By 2005, the apheresis service was the busiest NMDP HPC apheresis collection site.

The service has collected well over 2,300 products for NMDP. During that time, it had only nine line placements, maintaining the lowest line placement rate in the network.

In 2010, the apheresis service was acquired by the private group Apheresis Associates of Northern Virginia, LLC. Since that time, the service has continued to be one of the world’s top collection sites and win awards from NMDP. This includes the Donor Management Innovation Award in 2011. In 2012, we added the Gift of Life Registry.

We are accredited for Adult Peripheral Blood Cellular Therapy Product Collection and began biotherapy collections (apheresis) in 2016. In 2017, we added DKMS registry. In 2018, we began CAR-T collections.

AANOVA meets continual key performance metrics. We were a participant at the NMDP Quality System Audit Program. Donors have the best possible experience at AANV. Average annual collections are 280 HPC, MNC, and apheresis.

Staff Members 

  • Abdus Salam, MD, PhD - Medical Director

  • Cathy Layden, RN - Manager

  • Brendan Moore, RN - Apheresis Nurse

  • Sue Lyons, RN - Apheresis Nurse

  • Jim Robinson, RN - Apheresis Nurse

  • Susan Fritzel, HP(ASCP) - RA/QA Officer, President

  • Jackie Bailey, NP - Nurse Practitioner

  • Tremecca Perrington, PA - Physician Assistant

  • Suzanne Blevins, SM(ASCP) - CEO


Certifications and Awa​rds

  • Designated one of the first National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® Centers of Excellence (Certification Program Now Discontinued), 2019

  • Inaugural year participant in Be The Match BioTherapies® Quality System
    Audit Program (QSAP), 2018

  • Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), Peripheral Blood Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Adult, accredited since 2015

  • College of American Pathologists’, CAP, Laboratory Accreditation Program, accredited 2014

  • Donor Management Innovation Award for 2011 from NMDP BeTheMatch

  • Consistent Recipient of the NMDP Performance Leader Award

  • One Time NMDP Lifetime Achievement Award (for collecting more than 2,000 HPC
    Apheresis Products)

  • Exceeding 3,000 HPC, Apheresis products for patients worldwide



I wanted to take this opportunity to sing the praises of your Center and of the two people working the day I was there for my stem cell collection - "M" mostly took care of me. She was AWESOME!

They both were.

My experience couldn't have gone any better or smoother. They were both so nice, so patient, so calm (which kept me calm --- as I was extremely nervous upon my arrival). The unknown can be so scary. They couldn't have been any more accommodating, efficient & professional. It was obvious to both myself and my husband they both love their jobs and are very, very good at it. You have two gems in those women. I hope you reward and take care of them, as you should do whatever you can to hang onto them.

It was truly a remarkable process to have been a part many, many ways. I felt honored to be a part of such a wonderful process/program. I told my husband after having gone through my experience, that I plan on being an advocate in my own way, for the stem cell/bone marrow program.

If anyone should ever ask if they can talk to someone who has gone through the stem cell collection, please feel free to give out my cell number, I'd be happy to talk to them. I myself thought about asking if there was someone I could talk to before I went for the collection.

I hope you have a wonderful day and year. Please keep up the good work and take care of those ladies­ they are WONDERFUL! (May 9, 2019)

-Apheresis Associates of Northern Virginia, LLC. Client

All of Our Donors Are Heroes

Apheresis Associates of Northern Virginia, L.L.C.​





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