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photo Franklin A. Bontempo, MD


Associate Professor of Medicine


Phone: 412-586-9875

Office: Falk Medical Building
3601 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-586-9875
Fax: 412-586-9726
Administrative Assistant:
Linda Mazefsky
Address: Medical Arts Building
Suite 503
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-648-6466
Fax: 412-864-2663
Education and Training
BS, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1972
M.D., Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1972
Internship, Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 1977
Residency, Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1979
Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1982
Clinical Interest
Dr. Bontempo is a hematologist and attending physician at several UPMC facilities, providing on-call services for hospital consultations and also seeing patients at the Hillman Cancer Center. Additionally, he sees patients for consultation of coagulation issues at the outpatient clinic of The Institute For Transfusion Medicine, provides coagulation interpretations of blood samples that are processed through the coagulation laboratory from across the tri-state region in assisting other physicians with test result interpretations, diagnoses, and treatment plans. He specializes in the treatment of myeloproliferative disease, a bone marrow disorder that can evolve into leukemia. Dr. Bontempo is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology. He is the Medical Director of the coagulation laboratory at The Institute For Transfusion Medicine, the Associate Director of the Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania, and serves on the advisory board of the Hemostasis and Vascular Biology Institute. A prominent speaker in local, regional, and national forums, Dr. Bontempo is an educator and mentor to the many medical students, residents, and fellows that participate in the Coagulation Rotation which has become a standard course offering of the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Selected Publications:
Triulzi DJ, Bontempo FA, Kiss JE, Winkelstein A. Transfusion support in liver transplantation. Transfusion Science. 1993; 14(4): 345-52.
Logan TF, Virji MA, Gooding WE, Bontempo FA, Ernstoff MS, Kirkwood JM. The pathogenesis of disseminated intravascular coagulation in sepsis. Journal of the American Medical Association. 1994; 271(6): 427-8.
Bontempo FA, Hassett AC, Faruki H, Steed DL, Webster MW, Makaroun MS. The factor V Leiden mutation: spectrum of thrombotic events and laboratory evaluation. Journal of Vascular Surgery. 1997; 25(2): 271-5.
Ragni MV, Dodson SF, Hunt SC, Bontempo FA, Fung JJ. Liver transplantation in a hemophilia patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Blood. 1999; 93(3): 113-4.
Ragni MV, Bontempo FA. Increase in hepatitis C virus load in hemophiliacs during treatment with highly active antiretroviral therapy. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1999; 180(6): 2027-9.
Ragni MV, Bontempo FA, Hassett AC. von Willebrand disease and bleeding in women. Haemophilia. 1999; 5(5): 313-7.
Kottke-Marchang K, Bontempo FA. A positive in vitro assay is required to diagnose heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Medical Clinics of North American. 2003; 87(6): 1215-24.
McMahon C, Abu-Elmagd K, Bontempo FA, Kant JA, Swerdlow SH. JAK2 V617F mutation in patients with catastrophic intra-abdominal thromboses. American Journal of Clinical Pathology. 2007; 127(5): 736-43.
Suresh S, Demirci FY, Jacobs E, Kao AH, Rhew EY, Sanghera DK, Selzer F, Sutton-Tyrrell K, McPherson D, Bontempo FA, Kammerer CM, Ramsey-Goldman R, Manzi S, Kamboh MI. Apolipoprotein H promoter polymorphisms in relation to lupus and lupus-related phenotypes. Journal of Rheumatology. 2009; 36(2): 315-22.
Bai L, Guo J, Bontempo FA 3rd, Eiseman JL. The relationship of phthalocyanine 4 (pc 4) concentrations measured noninvasively to outcome of pc 4 photodynamic therapy in mice. Photochemcical Photobiology. 2009; 85(4): 1011-9.