Blood and Marrow Transplant

Care team

Your team will include a transplant oncologist (sometimes called an “attending physician”) and a registered nurse who specializes in blood and marrow transplant. At some visits, you might see an advanced practice provider or a registered dietitian. A team coordinator schedules your visits. 

If you have complications or side effects during your engraftment and recovery, we can call in other Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) specialists to help. For example, if you have skin, heart or digestive issues, we might call in a dermatologist, cardiologist or gastroenterologist. 

We also have experts who can help you with dental care, pain services, physical therapy, Child Life Services and integrative medicine. Supportive care providers, such as psychologists or social workers, are available if you need them. If you or your family members do not speak English, we can arrange for specially-trained medical interpreter services.

“By the time patients come in for their first appointment, they have already been through a lot. It doesn’t help that there is so much misinformation reported. We will get them good information, help them understand the process and provide the best care possible.”
— Filippo Milano, MD, PhD, Associate Director, Cord Blood Transplant Program

What each team member does

Transplant oncologist

This physician specializes in blood and marrow transplants (BMTs) and will oversee your treatments. A transplant oncologist sees you on a regular schedule to check how your cancer responds to treatment and how you are overall. You may also hear this provider referred to as your “attending physician.” 

Advanced practice provider (APP)

These health care professionals work closely with your transplant oncologist. There are two types: physician assistants (PAs) and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). They help provide and coordinate your treatment and can see you without your physician. They also help manage any effects of your disease and treatment.

Team nurse (RN)

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

 

Registered dietitian

Registered dietitians are credentialed food and nutrition experts. To earn this title, they must go through a lot of training and formal education, including doing an internship and passing a national registration exam. Registered dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy, which means they use an evidence-based approach to treat and help patients manage medical conditions through diet and nutrition. 

Pharmacist

SCCA pharmacists fill the medications prescribed by your physician. They will teach you the right way to take your medications, and they can tell you what side effects may happen and what to do if you have side effects.

Social worker

SCCA social workers are professionals who are trained to offer support to patients who have received a cancer diagnosis, are going through cancer treatment or are in recovery. They also work with people who are at high risk for cancer. Oncology social workers are key team members who have the knowledge and resources to help connect you with the right resources, such as psychiatry and psychology services, to support you through preventive care or treatment. 

Team coordinator

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

Find provider profiles

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

 

Naveed  Ali, MD
Naveed Ali, MD
Physician
Jordan  Anderson, DNP, ARNP, ACNP-AG
Jordan Anderson, DNP, ARNP, ACNP-AG
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Frederick R. Appelbaum, MD
Frederick R. Appelbaum, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Ciana N. Baron, MSPAS, PA-C
Ciana N. Baron, MSPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Alexandre  Barsoukov, ARNP
Alexandre Barsoukov, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Melinda A. Biernacki, MD
Melinda A. Biernacki, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Hira  Bluestone, PA-C
Hira Bluestone, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Stefanie M. Bouma, PA-C
Stefanie M. Bouma, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Holly R. Burton, PA-C
Holly R. Burton, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Paul A. Carpenter, MBBS
Paul A. Carpenter, MBBS
Physician
Medical Oncology
Ryan D. Cassaday, MD
Ryan D. Cassaday, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Aude G. Chapuis, MD
Aude G. Chapuis, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Victor A. Chow, MD
Victor A. Chow, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Ashley N. Clark, PA-C
Ashley N. Clark, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Kevin L. Coleman, PA-C
Kevin L. Coleman, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Laura S. Connelly-Smith, MBBCh, DM
Laura S. Connelly-Smith, MBBCh, DM
Physician
Medical Oncology
Jason  Cooper, MD, PhD
Jason Cooper, MD, PhD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Andrew J. Cowan, MD
Andrew J. Cowan, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
H. Joachim Deeg, MD
H. Joachim Deeg, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Kristine C. Doney, MD
Kristine C. Doney, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Dow M. Dunbar, MPH, MS, PA-C
Dow M. Dunbar, MPH, MS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Meredith  Durbin, ARNP
Meredith Durbin, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
David K. Eastwold, PA-C
David K. Eastwold, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Mary E. Flowers, MD
Mary E. Flowers, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Erica E. French, PA-C
Erica E. French, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Jessica  Fugate, PA-C
Jessica Fugate, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Jordan  Gauthier, MD, MSc
Jordan Gauthier, MD, MSc
Physician
Medical Oncology
Kristin M. Geary, ARNP, MSN
Kristin M. Geary, ARNP, MSN
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
George E. Georges, MD
George E. Georges, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Ajay K. Gopal, MD
Ajay K. Gopal, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Damian J. Green, MD
Damian J. Green, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Rebecca  Hayman, PA-C
Rebecca Hayman, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Geoffrey  Hill, MB, ChB, MD
Geoffrey Hill, MB, ChB, MD
Physician
Hematology Oncology
Alexandre V. Hirayama, MD
Alexandre V. Hirayama, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Leona A. Holmberg, MD, PhD
Leona A. Holmberg, MD, PhD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Misha A. Host, PA-C
Misha A. Host, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Norene  Huang, PA-C, MCHS
Norene Huang, PA-C, MCHS
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Peter M. Johnson, PA-C
Peter M. Johnson, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Rupinder  Kaur, ARNP, MSN
Rupinder Kaur, ARNP, MSN
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Aliscia  Kemennu, PA-C
Aliscia Kemennu, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Hans-Peter  Kiem, MD, FACP
Hans-Peter Kiem, MD, FACP
Physician
Medical Oncology
Kristen B. Kindsvogel, ARNP
Kristen B. Kindsvogel, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Elizabeth F. Krakow, MD, MSc
Elizabeth F. Krakow, MD, MSc
Physician
Medical Oncology
Joanne L. Lang, ARNP
Joanne L. Lang, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Lina  Lee, ARNP
Lina Lee, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Sarah S. Lee, MD
Sarah S. Lee, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Stephanie J. Lee, MD, MPH
Stephanie J. Lee, MD, MPH
Physician
Medical Oncology
Regina  Lengerman, PA-C
Regina Lengerman, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Edward N. Libby, MD
Edward N. Libby, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Michael L. Linenberger, MD
Michael L. Linenberger, MD
Physician
Hematology, Medical Oncology
David G. Maloney, MD, PhD
David G. Maloney, MD, PhD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Marc Evan  Matsui, PA-C, MMSc
Marc Evan Matsui, PA-C, MMSc
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Shelly  Mentzer, MMS, PA-C
Shelly Mentzer, MMS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Marco  Mielcarek, MD, PhD
Marco Mielcarek, MD, PhD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Filippo  Milano, MD, PhD
Filippo Milano, MD, PhD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Ross K. Miner, PA-C
Ross K. Miner, PA-C
Advanced Practice Provider
Physician Assistant
Tuan N. Nguyen, PA-C
Tuan N. Nguyen, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Johnnie J. Orozco, MD, PhD
Johnnie J. Orozco, MD, PhD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Stephanie L. Pearson, PA-C
Stephanie L. Pearson, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Effie W. Petersdorf, MD
Effie W. Petersdorf, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Krystle  Peterson, PA-C
Krystle Peterson, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Jerald P. Radich, MD
Jerald P. Radich, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Leah  Roess, PA-C
Leah Roess, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Rachel B. Salit, MD
Rachel B. Salit, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Courtney  Sanderson, MCHS, PA-C
Courtney Sanderson, MCHS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Brenda M. Sandmaier, MD
Brenda M. Sandmaier, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Bart L. Scott, MD
Bart L. Scott, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Alexandra  Sele, ARNP
Alexandra Sele, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Grace  Sevilla, PA-C
Grace Sevilla, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Mazyar  Shadman, MD, MPH
Mazyar Shadman, MD, MPH
Physician
Medical Oncology
Mohamed L. Sorror, MD
Mohamed L. Sorror, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Kate H. Sortun, ARNP
Kate H. Sortun, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Derek L. Stirewalt, MD
Derek L. Stirewalt, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Rainer F. Storb, MD
Rainer F. Storb, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Rose  Sullivan-Springhetti, PA-C
Rose Sullivan-Springhetti, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Hematology Oncology
Lilian  Tang, PA-C
Lilian Tang, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Whitney D. Thomas, PA-C
Whitney D. Thomas, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Brian  Till, MD
Brian Till, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Gurpreet  Tiwana, ARNP
Gurpreet Tiwana, ARNP
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Advanced Practice Provider
Diane   Tseng, MD, PhD
Diane Tseng, MD, PhD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Cameron J. Turtle, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA
Cameron J. Turtle, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA
Physician
Medical Oncology
Masumi  Ueda, MD
Masumi Ueda, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Maria J. Verdugo, PA-C
Maria J. Verdugo, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Hematology Oncology
Phuong T. Vo, MD
Phuong T. Vo, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Roland B. Walter, MD, PhD, MS
Roland B. Walter, MD, PhD, MS
Physician
Medical Oncology
Kate L. Whitelaw, PA-C
Kate L. Whitelaw, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Michael  Wilson, PA-C
Michael Wilson, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Chenie  Xu, PA-C
Chenie Xu, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Albert C.  Yeh, MD
Albert C. Yeh, MD
Physician
Medical Oncology
Christine  Yennaco, PA-C, MPH, MCHS
Christine Yennaco, PA-C, MPH, MCHS
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider
Julie A. Zirkle, PA-C
Julie A. Zirkle, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Advanced Practice Provider