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Akiko Shimamura, MD, PhD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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  • Director, Bone Marrow Failure and Myelodysplastic Syndrome Program, Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
  • Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Interests

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Bone marrow failure
  • Cancer predisposition
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)

Diseases Treated

Contact Information

  • Appointments888-733-4662 (New Pediatric Patients)
    617-632-3270 (Established Pediatric Patients)
  • Fax617-730-0934


Children with rare disorders, such as bone marrow failure and MDS, deserve the same level of medical care and the same chance to live a healthy life as children with more common disorders. We are striving to identify the causes of bone marrow failure and MDS to develop better treatments for these disorders. We partner with the patient, the family, and the referring physicians to work together as a team to develop and implement an individualized medical plan. My research spans basic scientific studies and clinical studies with the goal of improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients with bone marrow failure and MDS. Our patients benefit from access to the exciting scientific and clinical advances and cutting edge technologies developed by researchers at Harvard.

Board Certification:

  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 1997


  • Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, Pediatrics

Medical School:

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine

Recent Awards:

  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) Frank A. Oski Memorial Lectureship recipient, 2020
  • Boston Combined Residency Program Faculty Teaching Honor Roll, 2017-2018, 2019-2020


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