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Stem Cell Transplant

The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program treats patients with various types of cancer and hematological diseases, including:

  • Leukemia (Acute and Chronic)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Severe aplastic anemia
  • Myelodysplasia and Myelofibrosis

The program operates a six-bed inpatient unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital as well as a pre- and post-transplant outpatient clinic at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/UMHC—University of Miami Hospital & Clinics. A new inpatient unit will be opening at Sylvester/UMHC in a 9,600 sq ft space on the fourth floor with eight beds, two ICU beds, and four apheresis chairs.

The Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program (SCTP), which treats patients from 17 to 75 years old, is led by Krishna Komanduri, M.D., who also co-leads the Tumor Immunobiology Program at Sylvester. The Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program was established in 1992 and is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). In May 2010, Sylvester/UMHC opened an Ambulatory Treatment Center designed for the unique needs of stem cell transplant patients. This outpatient treatment center has a dedicated waiting room and phlebotomy area, as well as exam rooms and a infusion area capable of handling infusions and transfusions required for the care of recently transplanted patients.

Before starting any type of treatment, you will meet with one of our transplant physicians and other members of our multidisciplinary transplant team to determine if a stem cell transplant is recommended for you. To make an appointment with a specialist, please call the “Ask for Ana” patient access program at 305-243-5302.

To support stem cell research for cancer, Sylvester dedicated the Kalish Family Endowed Chair in Stem Cell Transplantation in 2010. The generous gift of the Kalish family will support Dr. Komanduri’s clinical and academic activities. Dr. Komanduri’s laboratory research is currently supported by grants from the National Institute of Health and, in collaboration with Ian McNiece, Ph.D., the Bankhead-Coley Research Program.

The Sylvester Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program also offers opportunities to participate in clinical trials, including those developed by the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, a consortium of academic stem cell transplant programs.

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