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Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies Program

The Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies Program in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has been performing autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants since 1995 and is the only such program in New Jersey that is part of an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Transplants are performed for patients with a variety of illnesses, including acute and chronic leukemias, myelodysplasia, various types of lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma, amyloidosis and related diseases. Our skilled team of hematologist/oncologists, advanced practice nurses, bone marrow transplant coordinators, oncology nurse navigators, and social workers come together to make sure their patients have the best care, tailored to individual needs.

Blood and marrow transplants and follow-up care are coordinated with the patient and referring physician, and when appropriate the follow-up care take place locally.  Patients can be seen at Rutgers Cancer Institute in New Brunswick or at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, in Livingston as part of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Consult Clinic.

The Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies Program has a strong working relationship with the National Marrow Donor Program and is accredited by the National Marrow Donor Program and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). The program is rated as an “Excellent Program” by the American College of Surgeons.

Clinicians in the Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies Program focus on novel ways to prevent graft-versus-host disease; improve umbilical cord blood transplants; and develop cellular therapies with less toxicity than standard transplants. And our Oncology Nurse Navigators and transplant coordinators help guide patients through their cancer journey by coordinating care, answering questions, and serving as an important member of their care team.

 

Dr. Braunschweig headshotIra Braunschweig, MD, Chief, Section of Transplant and Cell Therapy, Rutgers Cancer Institute; Chief of the Transplant and Cell Therapy Service of the RWJBarnabas Health Oncology Service Line; Director for Cell Therapy and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital


Hematologist/Oncologists

Dr. Braunschweig headshotIra Braunschweig, MD, Chief, Section of Transplant and Cell Therapy, Rutgers Cancer Institute; Chief of the Transplant and Cell Therapy Service of the RWJBarnabas Health Oncology Service Line; Director for Cell Therapy and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Andrew M. Evens, DO, MBA, MSc, Associate Director for Clinical Services, Rutgers Cancer Institute; System Director of Medical Oncology and Oncology Lead for Combined Medical Group, RWJBarnabas Health
Kevin David, MD, Director, Lymphoma Program


Radiation Oncologist

Rahul R. Parikh, MD, Medical Director, Laurie Proton Therapy Center

 

Nursing Leadership

Sharon Dillard, RN, MS, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Malignant Hematology & Pediatrics
Jennifer Hadjar, MSN, RN, OCN, Director of Nursing, Malignant Hematology & Pediatrics

Advanced Practice Providers

Josephine Machado, APN, Advanced Practice Nurse
Alissa Gabel, APN, Advanced Practice Nurse
Jennifer Lerner, APN, Advanced Practice Nurse
Tara McCabe, APN, Advanced Practice Nurse
Shelly Clavis, APN, Advanced Practice Nurse, Proceduralists
Anne Tyno, APN, Advanced Practice Nurse, In-patient BMT, Medical Oncology


Nurses and Support Services

Alicia Golej, RN
Joyce Herrera, RN
Jennifer Edmonds, RN
Stephanie Beers, RN
KiraLynn Voitle, RN
Jacqueline Manago, RN, BMT Coordinator
Victoria Pardun, RN, BMT Coordinator
Stephanie Karpoff, RN, BMT Coordinator
Christina Lackey, RN, Navigator
Kathleen Kafka, RN, Research
Samantha Campanella, LCSW, OSW-C, Social Worker
Tracy Meissner, RD, Nutritionist


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