The Stem Cell Transplantation Program has performed more than 6,500 stem cell and bone marrow transplants for the treatment of cancer since our program began in 1972. Our experts are highly regarded in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplants, and will work to address your needs throughout treatment and beyond.
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the Stem Cell Transplantation program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center is one of the largest and most experienced stem cell transplant programs in the world. We have performed more than 6,500 transplants for the treatment of blood cancers and related disorders since our program began in 1972. Our center-specific outcomes have been recognized as among the best in the United States.
The doctors, researchers, and patient care staff in our treatment team are highly regarded in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplant procedures. They will collaborate with our hematologic malignancies care teams and your referring physician to create the most effective treatment strategies.
An experienced team of dedicated stem cell transplant specialists will follow you through the continuum of transplant services in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Stem cell transplantation refers to a procedure where healthy stem cells are transplanted from one individual to another, or using an individual's own stem cells. Sources of stem cells include bone marrow, peripheral blood or umbilical cord blood. You may hear the procedure referred to as a bone marrow transplant (BMT) or peripheral blood stem cell transplant (PBSCT) or umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT), depending on the source of the cells that are transplanted.
Hematopoietic stem cells can grow into any of the cells found within the bloodstream. They make blood cells and the components that your immune system needs to function. During a transplant, your body is infused with healthy stem cells which then grow and produce all of the different parts of the blood that both your body and your immune system need.
You may need a stem cell transplant when:
When you undergo a stem cell transplant, doctors replace your stem cells with healthy new stem cells from a volunteer stem cell donor. Here’s a brief overview of what happens:
In some cases, your own stem cells may be suitable for the procedure; this is called an autologous transplant. If you need stem cells from a donor (an allogeneic transplant) we will help coordinate that process through our comprehensive donor services program. Your physician will decide what type of transplant should be used for your treatment and the source of the transplanted stem cells.
The Stem Cell Transplantation program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Boston, Massachusetts combines the clinical expertise, focus, and innovation of one of the nation's leading cancer centers with the world-class care and services of one of the nation's leading hospitals. This collaboration enables us to provide superior care and support to our patients and their families.
Your treatment team will work closely together to provide the highest standard of patient care. As a patient, you and your family will play an active role in decisions about your treatment plan.
Our team of stem cell transplant specialists are dedicated to excellent and compassionate care. Throughout your treatment, you and your family will have access to support services and education programs, patient and family resource centers, financial counseling, and short- and long-term housing. A variety of services and complementary programs support your care, including:
Our providers work together across a range of specialty areas to coordinate fully integrated, personalized care. A dedicated team of clinicians that specializes in your type of blood cancer works with you throughout your treatment, from diagnosis through long-term follow-up and specialized survivorship support.
Patients receive world-class care from a team of specialists, including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, hematopathologists, infectious disease specialists, hematologists, physician assistants, nurses, oral surgeons, pharmacists, nutritionists, physical therapists, search coordinators, care coordinators, financial counselors, and clinical social workers.
Your entire care team has extensive experience in stem cell transplantation. Our specialists work closely together and collaborate regularly to ensure that your care plan offers the best possible outcomes and that all your needs are met.
Joseph Antin, MD, Chief, Stem Cell Transplant Program617-632-2525
Robert J. Soiffer, MD, Co-Chief, Stem Cell Transplant ProgramHematologic Oncology Treatment Center Chief617-632-3667
Edwin Alyea, MD, Associate Director617-632-3903
Amy Emmert, MScPH, Senior Director, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Cell Therapies617-632-3876
Edwin Alyea, MDKenneth Anderson, MDJoseph H. Antin, MDPhilippe Armand, MD, PhDJames Bradner, MDJennifer R. Brown, MD, PhDCorey Cutler, MD, MPH, FRCPCMatthew Davids, MD David C. Fisher, MDArnold S. Freedman, MDIrene Ghobrial, MDBrett Glotzbecker, MDVincent Ho, MDEric Jacobsen, MDCaron Jacobson, MDJohn Koreth, MBBS, D PhilAnn LaCasce, MDAndrew Lane, MD, PhDJacob Laubach, MDJens Lohr, MDNikhil Munshi, MDClaudia Paba-Prada, MDPaul Richardson, MDJerome Ritz, MDRobert Sackstein, MD, PhDRobert L. Schlossman, MDMargaret Shipp, MDRobert J. Soiffer, MDCatherine Wu, MDRushdia Yusuf, MD
Glenn Dranoff, MDJerome Ritz, MDCatherine Wu, MD
Patricia Byrne, RNToni Dubeau, RNIrene Heffernan, RN, BSN, OCNKathleen Finn, RNKathleen McDermott, RNHeidi DiPietro, RNKristen Cummings, RN
Melissa Cochran, MS, FNPVirginia Dalton, NPBonne Dirr, NPTina Flaherty, NPAmy Joyce, MSN, NP, AOCNJanet Kunsman, NPMary McKenney, NPKim Noonan, NPKatherine Stephans, RN, MS, CS, OCNBarbara Virchick, NPMichele Walsh, DNP
Muriel Gannon, RNMildred Pasek, RN, OCN, MMSue Stephenson, RN, OCN
Sara Close, PA-C, Chief PAColleen Brown, PA-CKendra Church, PA-CShauna Curran, PA-CDonna Fitzgerald, PA-CJeffrey Hellman, PA-CKate Kunstel, PA-CAlexis Landry, PA-CJanice MacGillivray, PA-CKelsey Moore, PA-CHeidi Niell, MS, PA-CKerri Rall, MS, PA-CJennifer Starr, PA-COlivia Weale, PA-CDeborah Yolin Raley, PA-C
Catherine AndradeGail DelaneyPamela Kostaras, Operations ManagerBlossom MarshallJennifer Millett
Cindy Albert, Manager, Stem Cell Donor ServicesKimberly Allen, Stem Cell Transplant Search CoordinatorJane Antin, Stem Cell Transplant Search CoordinatorGreg Bourdeau, Stem Cell Transplant Search Lead CoordinatorPeg Coles, Donor Collection CoordinatorLeigh Catalogna, Donor Services RecruiterZarine Fernandez, Stem Cell Transplant Search CoordinatorLisa Koed, Donor Center CoordinatorPatricia Kovalski, Donor Center CoordinatorPeggy Powers, Donor Collection Coordinator
Mary Lou Hackett, MSW, LICSWLarisa Patacchiola, MSW, LICSW, OSW-CKaren Skversky, MSW, LICSWAmanda Weber, MSW, LCSWTammy Weitzman, MSW, LICSW
Darlene Holland, BSW, LSW
Cinda Gaumer, RN, BSN
John Abbatematteo, RNEileen Almeida, RN Alice Morrison, RNTerri O’Sullivan, RN
Shana CuddyRaquel GajoneraKevonyia PerkinsLisa QuashieDenyzes Williams
We are committed to increasing access to stem cell transplant procedures, making it safer and more effective for patients, reducing transplant-related complications and improving immune system recovery.
Our stem cell transplant clinical trials are nationally recognized for major advances in cancer treatment as a result of our research, including:
We're also home to the Connell and O'Reilly Families Cell Manipulation Core Facility, which is New England's only state-of-the-art cell manipulation facility. This facility processes hematopoietic stem cells for transplant, generate modified tumor cells as therapeutic vaccines, and prepare immune cell populations for adoptive therapy.
Learn about current stem cell transplant clinical trials at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center
For stem cell and bone marrow transplant inquiries, please call 617-632-5138.
Center for Hematologic Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation ProgramDana-Farber Cancer Institute450 Brookline Ave., D1B30Boston, MA 02215
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