School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine


Martin Bluth, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director of the Transfusion Service, Director of the Translational Research
Harper University Hospital
Detroit Medical Center
3990 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 745-1869
Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking
Administrative Contact
Brenda Batts
Phone: (313) 577-1102

Dr. Bluth practices clinical pathology. His expertise includes biomarker discovery and utility, transfusion medicine, artificial blood/blood alternatives, and translational medicine and commercialization. Dr. Bluth is specifically responsible for the transfusion service.

Research Interests

Dr. Bluth’s research interests covers a broad scope including immunology/inflammation, pancreatology, biomarker discovery, glycolipid based anti-inflammatory therapy, role of IgE in viral diseases and cancer, and blood derived stem cell propogation. Dr. Bluth is responsible for the education and training involved in the medical, basic science and translational research in the department. In addition to scholarly peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Bluth served as an Associate Editor of McPherson and Pincus: Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods (for 21st Ed and 22nd ed). He is the Editor in chief/founding editor of the Journal of Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine and the Journal of Blood Medicine (Dove Medical Press – Auckland, New Zealand).

Medical Education Responsibilities

Undergraduate Program:
Lecturer of undergraduate medical school laboratory medicine module

Pathology Residency Program:
Training Faculty in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Bank, Clinical Chemistry and Translational research


1.    Sleiman JN, Kohlhoff SA, Roblin PM, Wallner S, Gross R, Hammerschlag MA, Zenilman ME, Bluth MH. Antimicrobial activity of sophorolipids. Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science 2009;39:60-63.

2.    Smith-Norowitz TA, Josekutty J, Lev-Tov H, Norowitz KB, Kohlhoff S, Silverberg JI, Nowakowski M, Durkin HG, Bluth MH. Long term persistence of IgE anti-varicella zoster virus in pediatric and adult serum post chicken pox infection and after vaccination with varicella virus vaccine. International Journal of Biomedical Sciences 2009;5:353-358.

3.    Cheung WW, Bluth MJ, Johns C, Kahn S, Lin YY, Bluth MH. Peripheral blood mononuclear cell gene array profiles in patients with overactive bladder. Urology 2010;75:896-901.

4.    Viterbo D, Zenilman ME, Bluth MH. Comparison of HIS and GST tagged versions of recombinant pancreatitis associated protein 2 (PAP2) in modulation of inflammatory responses.  Inflammation Research  2010;59:827–835.

5.    Smith-Norowitz TA, Wong D, Kusonruksa M, Norowitz KB, Joks R, Durkin HG, Bluth MH. Long term persistence of IgE anti-influenza virus antibodies in pediatric and adult serum post vaccination with influenza virus vaccine International Journal of Medical Sciences 2011; 8: 239-244