John D. Roback, MD, PhD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Center for Transfusion and Cellular Therapy, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Blood Bank
Emory University Hospital
Research Program
Cancer Immunology


Board certified in pathology, John D. Roback, MD, PhD, has practiced at Emory Healthcare since 1996.


Dr. Roback received his MD from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, IL and his PhD in Experimental Pathology from The University of Chicago in Chicago, IL. For his post-doctoral training, he completed a Residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and Emory University School of Medicine in  Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.


The focus of Dr. Roback's laboratory is basic and translational research investigations with an emphasis on improved transfusion medicine clinical practice. The primary ongoing projects that have been or are currently NIH-funded include: 1) Utilization of murine models of lethal murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV) disease to develop improved, clinically applicable methods for adoptive antiviral immunotherapy and post-transplant vaccination to for bone marrow transplant recipients; 2) Development of novel, innovative methods and devices to perform pretransfusion testing of blood components; and 3) Development of improved PCR methods for screening blood and hematopoietic stem cell products for CMV infectivity.


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Dr. Roback has received the following awards:

  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, 2002-2003
  • New Enterprise Award (1st place out of 70 entries), 2001
  • National Blood Foundation Scholar, 2000

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