Yvette C. Tanhehco, MD

Expertise in: 
Pathology - Clinical
Board Certifications: 
Clinical Pathology, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
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The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life; the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician.
--William J. Mayo

Dr. Tanhehco is an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She has been a faculty member and attending physician in the Division of Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapy since 2012. She is also the Assistant Director of Transfusion Medicine, Director of Cellular Therapy and Medical Director of Hemotherapy/Apheresis at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Tanhehco received her BA degree in Biological Sciences with concentrations in Microbiology and Molecular and Cell Biology from Cornell University. She then pursued graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she earned her PhD degree in Viral Oncology. Her interest in clinical care and medicine led her to the University of Pittsburgh where she obtained her MD degree. She did her residency in Clinical Pathology and fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she also obtained a MS degree in Translational Research. She is board certified by the Americal Board of Pathology in Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine.

Dr. Tanhehco is an active member of several societies including the American Association of Blood Banks, American Society for Apheresis and College of American Pathologists. She was a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and was chosen as one of the 2016 Leading Physicians of the World.

Email: yct2103@cumc.columbia.edu

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Apheresis
  • Cellular Therapy
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Transfusion Medicine

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Assistant Director of Transfusion Medicine
  • Medical Director of Hemotherapy
  • Director of Cellular Therapy

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Taiwanese


  • Female

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  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
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  • PPO
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  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

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  • Capital District Physician Health Plan


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  • HMO
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  • Medicare Managed Care
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Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
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  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
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  • Vytra

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

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  • MagnaCare


  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
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  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
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United Health Care

  • Columbia Employee POS
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship: 2012 Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania

Board Certifications

  • Clinical Pathology
  • Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

Honors & Awards

1998 Golden Key International Honour Society

1999 Distinction in All Subjects, Cornell University

2004 Honorable mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

2005 Summer Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes

2016 Leading Physicians of the World

2016 Leading Physicians of the World


Selected Publications

Tanhehco YC, Schwartz J, Linenberger ML. Defining the Quality of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Products - The Devil is in the Details. Transfusion 2015; 55(10): 2300-2303.

Paroder-Belenitsky M and Tanhehco YC. Extracorporeal photopheresis drive tube leak due to end‐user misload. Transfusion 2015; 55(8):1829.

Metjian A, Tanhehco YC, Aqui N, Bhoj V, Jamensky L, Marques M, Onwuemene O, Pham HP, Arepally G. The Thrombotic Microangiopathy Registry of North America (TRNA): A United States Multi-Institutional TMA Network. J Clin Apher 2016; 31(5):448-53.

Tanhehco YC, Weisberg S, Schwartz J. Pancreatic Islet Autotransplantation for Nonmalignant and Malignant Indications. Transfusion 2016; 56(3):761-770.

McMahon CM, Tanhehco YC, and Cuker A. Inappropriate documentation of heparin as an allergy in the medical record due to misdiagnosis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia: frequency and consequences. J Thromb Haemost 2017; 15(2):370-374.

Tanhehco YC, Arepally G, Metjian, A. Novel therapeutic approaches for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Curr Opin Hematol 2017;24(6):521-528.

Tanhehco YC, Bhatia M. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy in sickle cell disease: where are we now? Curr Opin Hematol 2019; 26(6):448-452.

Thibodeaux SR, Tanhehco YC, Irwin L, Jamensky L, Schell K, O’Doherty U. More efficient exchange of sickle cell red blood cells can be achieved by exchanging the densest red blood cells: An ex vivo proof of concept study. Transfus Apher Sci 2019 Feb;58(1):100-106.

Tanhehco YC, Zantek ND, Alsammak M, Chhibber V, Li Y, Becker J, Wu DW, Foster T, Wehrli G. Vascular access practices for therapeutic apheresis: Results of a survey. J Clin Apher 2019 Oct;34(5):571-578.

Karafin MS, Hendrickson JE, Kim HC, Kuliya-Gwarzo A, Pagano MB, Perumbeti A, Shi PA, Tanhehco YC, Webb J, Wong E, Eichbaum Q. Red cell exchange for patients with sickle cell disease: an international survey of current practices. Transfusion 2020 Jun 24. Doi:10.1111/trf.15863. Online ahead of print.

Tanhehco YC and Schwartz J. How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Cellular Therapy at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Transfusion 2020 Jun 24. Doi:10.1111/trf.15956. Online ahead of print.