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Stem Cell Transplant Care Team

  • stem cell transplantation care team

  • Our providers work together across a range of specialty areas to provide fully coordinated, 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 are followed by the same attending physician and nurse practitioner throughout their treatment — enabling continuity of care, a strong patient-care team relationship, and clear and easy access for patients and their local providers.

    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.

    Our 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. Your team will also be in communication with your local oncologist throughout your treatment and during your post-transplant care.

    Stem Cell Transplantation Leadership

    Robert J. Soiffer, MD, Chief, Division of Hematologic Malignancies; Co-Chief, Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies

    Catherine J. Wu, MD, Chief, Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies

    Edwin Alyea, III, MD, Director of Clinical Strategy, Hematologic Malignancies

    Joseph Antin, MD, Chief, Stem Cell Transplantation Emeritus

    Corey Cutler, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Medical Director, Stem Cell Transplantation Program; Director of Clinical Research, Stem Cell Transplantation; Director, Stem Cell Transplantation Survivorship Program

    Vincent Ho, MD, Director of Clinical Operations, Stem Cell Transplantation

    John Koreth, MBBS, DPhil, Director of Translational Research, Stem Cell Transplantation

    Rizwan Romee, MD, Director, Haploidentical Transplantation Program

    Amy Emmert, MScPH, Vice President, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Cell Therapies

  • Medical Oncology

    Edwin P. Alyea, MD

    Director, Clinical Strategy, Hematologic Malignancies

    Kenneth C. Anderson, MD

    Program Director, Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center and LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics

    Joseph H. Antin, MD

    Chief, Stem Cell Transplantation, Emeritus

    Philippe Armand, MD, PhD

    Chief, Division of Lymphoma

    Giada Bianchi, MD


    Jennifer R. Brown, MD, PhD

    Director, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Center

    Corey S. Cutler, MD, MPH, FRCPC

    Medical Director, Adult Stem Cell Transplantation Program

    Matthew S. Davids, MD, MMSc

    Associate Director, Center for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

    David C. Fisher, MD

    Institute Physician

    Arnold S. Freedman, MD

    Institute Physician

    Irene Ghobrial, MD

    Director, Michele & Steven Kirsch Laboratory

    Vincent T. Ho, MD

    Director of Clinical Operations, Stem Cell Transplantation

    Eric D. Jacobsen, MD

    Clinical Director, Adult Lymphoma Program

    Caron A. Jacobson, MD

    Medical Director, Immune Effector Cell Therapy Program

    Austin I. Kim, MD


    John Koreth, MBBS, DPhil

    Director of Translational Research, Stem Cell Transplantation

    Ann S. LaCasce, MD, MMSc

    Director, Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare Hematology-Medical Oncology Fellowship Program

    Andrew A. Lane, MD, PhD

    Director, Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm Center

    Jacob Laubach, MD, MPP

    Clinical Director, Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center

    Nikhil C. Munshi, MD

    Director of Basic and Correlative Science, Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center

    Sarah Nikiforow, MD, PhD

    Technical Director, Immune Effector Cell Therapy Program

    Paul G. Richardson, MD

    Clinical Program Leader and Director of Clinical Research, Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center

    Jerome Ritz, MD

    Executive Director, Connell and O'Reilly Families Cell Manipulation Core Facility

    Rizwan Romee, MD

    Director, Haploidentical Donor Transplantation Program

    Margaret A. Shipp, MD

    Douglas S. Miller Chair in Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Robert J. Soiffer, MD

    Chair, Executive Committee for Clinical Programs

    Catherine J. Wu, MD

    Chief, Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies
  • Other Members of Your Care Team

    Oncology nurse navigator

    The oncology nurse navigator, a key point of contact for clinical issues, works collaboratively with your physician and other team members to coordinate and oversee your treatment plan, and will play a key role in your treatment both before and after transplant. He/she also functions as an educational resource for you and your family.

    Rachel Beaver, RN
    Lisa Brennan, BSN, RN
    Stacey Chuma, RN
    Marissa Cummins, RH
    Kathleen Finn, RN
    Erin Grady, RN
    Kathleen McDermott, RN
    Kathryn Newcombe, BSN, RN

    Stem cell transplant nurse practitioner/physician assistant (NP/PA)

    A stem cell transplant nurse practitioner or physician assistant is a mid-level practitioner who will be an integral part of your outpatient care, and in some cases will assist with your care as an inpatient. You will meet with an NP/PA at the time of your first outpatient follow-up visit after transplant. Working closely with your transplant physician, the NP will be responsible for managing your care, including complications, medications, and education.

    Josie Bazemore, NP
    Sara Close, PA-C, Auto Transplant PA
    Virginia Dalton, NP
    Bonne Dirr, NP
    Tina Flaherty, NP
    Lauren Gurschick, NP, Engineered Cell Therapy Clinician
    Amy Joyce, MSN, NP, AOCN
    Mary McKenney, NP
    Kim Noonan, NP
    Kaitlen Reyes, DNP, FNP, RN
    Emily Scranton, NP
    Patricia Severns, ANP, BC, OCN
    Katherine Stephans, RN, MS, CS, OCN
    Lisa Stewart, NP
    Barbara Virchick, NP

    Stem cell transplant research nurse

    If you are participating in a clinical trial, the research nurse will give you information about the trial, as well as coordinate the plan and requirements of the protocol with your medical care and transplant plans.

    Dana Breashears, RN
    Jennifer Brock, RN
    Sue Stephenson, RN, OCN

    Inpatient stem cell transplant physician assistant

    A physician assistant (PA) in partnership with the inpatient attending transplant physician will be a part of your daily medical care while you are in the hospital.

    Shauna Curran, PA-C (Chief PA)
    Dakota Blauvelt, PA-C
    Kendra Church, PA-C
    Bryan Danilchuk, PA-C
    Jennifer Demaree, PA-C
    Hilary Donahue, PA-C
    Raquel Donnelly, PA-C
    Linnea Fulton, PA-C
    Kristine Gauthier, PA-C
    Erin Grzywna, PA-C
    Laura House, PA-C
    Megan Krug, PA-C
    Alexis Landry, PA-C
    Tim Lens, PA-C
    Alexandra Lynch, PA-C
    Janice MacGillivray, PA-C
    Kimberly MacKenzie, PA-C
    Shawn Maguire, PA-C
    Bronwyn Mastrangelo, PA-C
    Kelly O'Connell, PA-C
    Kerri Rall, PA-C
    Andrea Ramsey, PA-C (Chief PA)
    Christine Shevchenko, PA-C
    Caitlin Stanford, PA-C
    Jennifer Starr, PA-C

    Stem cell transplant oral medicine team

    You must see a dentist and have a dental evaluation before your admission (even if you wear dentures). A member of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Division of Oral Medicine and Dentistry team will review the dental evaluation prior to transplant, as well as routinely monitor your oral health while you are in the hospital.

    Hani Mawardi, DMD, DMSc
    Stephen Sonis, DMD, DMSC
    Nathaniel Treister, DMD, DMSc
    Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH
    Sook-Bin Woo, DMD, MMSc

    Transplant clinical coordinator

    A transplant clinical coordinator will work with you before transplant to create a schedule to make sure your pre-tests are completed on time. You may call your clinical coordinator with any non-medical questions you have; the clinical coordinator can also serve as a liaison with members of your care team, such as clinicians.

    Robert Durand
    Grace Garbrecht
    Pamela Kostaras, Operations Manager
    Blossom Marshall
    Gabriela Mesa-Jonassen
    Vickie Shidler
    Stephanie Yip

    Stem cell transplant donor services

    If you are an allogeneic stem cell transplant patient in need of a related or unrelated stem cell donor, the donor services team will provide support with this process.

    Eric Jacobsen, MD, Donor Services Medical Director
    Susanne Smith, PA-C, Donor Services Clinician
    Cindy Albert, Associate Director, Stem Cell Transplant Donor Services
    Jane Antin, Donor Services Financial Coordinator
    Cristina Balboni, Stem Cell Transplant Donor Search Coordinator
    Lauren Bein, Stem Cell Transplant Donor Search Coordinator
    Greg Bourdeau, Stem Cell Transplant Donor Search Coordinator, Supervisor
    Shana Cuddy, Stem Cell Transplant Donor Collection Coordinator
    Lisa Koed, Be The Match/NMDP Donor Center Coordinator
    Patricia Kovalski, Be The Match/NMDP Donor Center Coordinator
    Michelle Noiles, PA-C, Donor Services Clinician
    Peggy Powers, Stem Cell Transplant Donor Collection Program, Supervisor
    Anna Rubin, Donor Collection Coordinator
    Leigh Sullivan, Be The Match/NMDP Donor Education & Community Engagement Specialist
    Kathryn Silva, Stem Cell Transplant Donor Collection Coordinator

    Your Care Coordination Team

    Clinical social worker

    A clinical social worker can provide counseling and emotional support to you and your family to help you cope with concerns or issues that may arise before, during, or after transplant. He/she can also discuss community resources available; refer to you the Dana-Farber resource specialists, if appropriate; and connect you to additional supports.

    Holly Barron, MSW, LICSW
    Kelly Drummond, MSW, LICW
    Darlene Holland, BSW, LSW
    Larisa Patacchiola, MSW, LICSW, OSW-C

    Ambulatory pharmacy resource specialist

    A pharmacy resource specialist is available to assist you and your caregivers prior to transplant, while you are an inpatient, and after transplant to help identify and address pharmacy assistance needs.

    Hillary Prescott, PharmD

    Ambulatory RN care coordinator

    The ambulatory RN care coordinator may provide care facilitation prior to admission in order to anticipate needs in advance of discharge to help ensure a smooth transition home.

    Cinda Gaumer, RN, BSN

    Inpatient RN care coordinator

    The inpatient RN care coordinator provides care facilitation, discharge planning, and utilization management. He or she will also work with you and your family to plan for your transition from the hospital to the home setting.

    Alice Morrison, RN
    Terri O’Sullivan, RN

    Ambulatory resource specialist

    A hematologic oncology/BMT resource specialist will work with you to identify and help to arrange short-term accommodations (for example, nearby hotels), transportation, parking, and referrals to community-based programs.

    Hannah Kitzmiller

    Inpatient resource specialist

    A hematologic oncology/BMT resource specialist will work with you to identify and help to arrange short-term accommodations (for example, nearby hotels), transportation, parking, and referrals to community-based programs.

    Mary O’Neill-Kerrigan

    Financial counselor

    A financial counselor will provide support and guidance in handling the costs of your transplant care. The counselor's role is to make the financial side of your transplant as stress-free as possible. He or she may also be able to direct you to sources of financial assistance outside of Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

    Tonya Ferguson
    Raquel Gajonera
    Melissa Montrond
    Kevonyia Perkins
    Lisa Quashie
    Denyzes Williams