Blood and Marrow Transplant

Care team

Patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) are taken care of by physicians, advanced practice providers, registered nurses and other specialists who specialize in bone marrow transplant and are among the best in the nation. We surround you with experts who focus solely on bone marrow transplant, day in and day out.

Find provider profiles

Meet the caring, dedicated people who take care of you and your family at SCCA.

 

Frederick R. Appelbaum, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Merav Bar, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, cellular immunotherapy, long-term follow-up
Antonio Bedalov, MD, PhD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Pooja Bhattacharyya, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Transplant
Melinda A. Biernacki, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Holly R. Burton, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Autologous stem cell transplant, allogeneic stem cell transplant, cellular immunotherapy
Ryan D. Cassaday, MD
Physician
Cellular immunotherapy, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Thomas R. Chauncey, MD, PhD
Physician
Treats leukemia with bone marrow transplantation
Amanda L. Christian, ARNP, MSN, BSN, DNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Bone marrow transplantation, long-term follow-up
Bruce E. Clurman, MD, PhD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, hematologic malignancies
David G. Coffey, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, multiple myeloma, Amyloidosis, Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
Laura S. Connelly-Smith, MBBCh, DM
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, long-term follow-up, leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), Apheresis and Cellular Therapy, extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP)
Andrew J. Cowan, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, multiple myeloma, amyloidosis, Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
H. Joachim Deeg, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN)
Meredith Durbin, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Bone marrow transplantation
Mary E. Flowers, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, long-term follow-up
George E. Georges, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, autoimmune disease
Ajay K. Gopal, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, b cell malignancies, lymphoma, radioimmunotherapy
Damian J. Green, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, cellular immunotherapy, multiple myeloma, amyloidosis, Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
Leona A. Holmberg, MD, PhD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Aliscia Kemennu, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Bone marrow transplantation
Hans-Peter Kiem, MD, FACP
Physician
Cellular Immunotherapy
Kristen B. Kindsvogel, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Graft versus host disease, long-term follow-up
Elizabeth F. Krakow, MD, MSc
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, transplant transitional care clinic
Joanne L. Lang, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Acute critical care complications associated from bone marrow transplant and immunotherapy; inpatient bone marrow transplant and immunotherapy
Stephanie J. Lee, MD, MPH
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, long-term follow-up
Edward N. Libby, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, multiple myeloma, amyloidosis, Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
Michael L. Linenberger, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, Hematology, leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), Apheresis and Cellular Therapy, Waldenström's Macroglobulinemia
David G. Maloney, MD, PhD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, lymphoma, cellular immunotherapy
Marco Mielcarek, MD, PhD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Stephanie Orth, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Transplant
Ivy Palas, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Pediatric bone marrow transplantation
Effie W. Petersdorf, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, immunogenetics
Krystle Peterson, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Acute care of transplant and immunotherapy patients
Jerald P. Radich, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Stanley R. Riddell, MD
Physician
Immunotherapy
Natalie Riotto, PA-C, MOT
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Acute graft-versus-host disease management, high risk leukemia
Rachel B. Salit, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, long-term follow-up
Courtney Sanderson, MCHS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Bone marrow transplantation
Brenda M. Sandmaier, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Bart L. Scott, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN)
Alexandra Sele, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Hospital management of complications from BMT/IMTX including GVHD, CRS, ICANS
Lev Silberstein, MD, PhD
Physician
Acquired bone marrow failure disorders
Mohamed L. Sorror, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Kate H. Sortun, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Bone marrow transplantation
Emily Stevens, MD, PhD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Derek L. Stirewalt, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Rainer F. Storb, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, reduced-intensity conditioning
Joan M. Suver, PA-C, MHS
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Chronic graft-versus-host disease management, late effects management
Whitney D. Thomas, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Bone marrow transplantation
Brian Till, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, lymphoma, cellular immunotherapy
Cameron J. Turtle, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA
Physician
Cellular immunotherapy
Masumi Ueda, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, long-term follow-up
Phuong T. Vo, MD
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation
Roland B. Walter, MD, PhD, MS
Physician
Bone marrow transplantation, leukemia
Edus H. Warren, MD, PhD
Physician
Lymphoma, global oncology
Chenie Xu, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Bone marrow transplantation

What each team member does

Advanced practice provider (APP)

These health care professionals work closely with your physician in the clinic. There are two types: physician assistants (PAs) and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). They help provide and coordinate your treatment and can see you independently from your physician. They also help manage the effects of your disease and treatment.

Attending physician / transplant oncologist

This physician specializes in bone marrow transplants and will oversee your treatments.

Your attending physician:

  • Meets you for an initial consultation, which includes reviewing your medical records and talking with you about your treatment options and make recommendations for you and your referring provider. 
  • Meets you for your arrival conference where they will discuss your treatment plan, your transplant process and any questions you have.
  • Meets you for your data-review conference to explain results of your evaluation, answer your questions and get your official consent to move ahead with a transplant.
  • Sees you on a regular schedule to check how your disease responds to treatment and how you are overall.
  • Offers you ways to prevent, relieve and cope with side effects of treatment — like medicine to help with nausea.
  • Coordinates with the rest of your care team if you need other types of treatment.
Dietitian

During your medical evaluation, you may meet with a dietitian. Dietitians at SCCA have specialized training and knowledge about nutrition for cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship. Most have earned a Master’s degree in their related field and are certified as specialists in Oncology Nutrition by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the crediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Infusion nurse

You receive any infusions in a dedicated area of the clinic. Cancer nurses who specialize in infusions give these treatments. They also check you during each infusion. They respond to any medical issues that come up and help keep you comfortable.

Pharmacist

Your pharmacist ensures the appropriateness and accuracy for all medications prescribed as well as providing education to you about side effects

Registered nurse (RN)

Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician.. They also assist with procedures and treatments. Nurses are resources for you and your caregiver. They answer questions and help with a wide range of topics, like how to cope with side effects or get other services you need at SCCA.

There are a few types of nurses you will work with as a transplant patient:

  • Transplant nurse
    • At the initial consultation, the transplant nurse will answer your questions, explain the transplant process in depth and offer you a tour of our clinic and facilities.
    • Is is available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your caregiver.
  • Transition Services nurse
    • Will help you prepare for the transitions that will occur throughout your transplant process — such as the transition from your inpatient hospital stay, if you have one, to outpatient care at the SCCA clinic and then to care at home. 

 

Social worker

A social worker at SCCA can help you and your caregiver navigate the health care system, develop coping strategies and connect you with other resources.

Team coordinator

Your team coordinator works closely with you and your physician. They serve as your scheduler.