Bone Marrow Transplantation

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    The Bone Marrow Transplantation program is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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    Director

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    Stella M. Davies, MBBS, PhD, MRCP
    Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    513-636-2469

    stella.davies@cchmc.org

    Stella M. Davies, MBBS, PhD, MRCP

    Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    Jacob G. Schmidlapp Endowed Chair

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2469

    Fax: 513-636-3549

    Email: stella.davies@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Education and Training

    MBBS: University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, 1981.

    Clinical and Fellowship Training: The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle General Hospital and Great Ormond St. Hospital, 1981 to 1985.

    PhD: University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, 1989.

    Pediatric Fellowship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1989 to 1993.

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    Team Experts

    Jacob (Jack) J.H. Bleesing, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4266

    Fax: 513-636-3549

    Email: jack.bleesing@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Immunobiology; translational research; immunologic methods development

    Research Interests

    Clinical investigation of primary immunodeficiency disorders (with emphasis on disorders of immuno dysregulation and B-cell disorders); immuno-reconstitution following blood and marrow transplantation; diagnostic immunology (with emphasis on flow cytometry) 

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1989.

    PhD: University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2002.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1993.

    Fellowship: Allergy/Immunology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, 1995.

    Fellowship: Clinical Laboratory Immunology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 2001.

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    Sharat Chandra, MBBS, MD, MRCPCH

    Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4266

    Email: sharat.chandra@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Blood and marrow transplant, malignant and primary immune deficiency disorders.

    Education and Training

    MBBS: Andhra Medical College, University of Health Sciences, Visakhapatnam, India.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, 1998-2001; University Hospitals of Leicester, South Warwickshire Hospitals NHS, United Kingdom, 2003-2006; University of South Alabama, 2006-2009.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2009-2012.

    Certification: MD (Pediatrics), 2001; Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH), 2006; Board Certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, 2009; Board Certified in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology by the American Board of Pediatrics, 2013.

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    Christopher E. Dandoy, MD

    Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8424

    Email: christopher.dandoy@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Quality Improvement; pulmonary hypertension after bone marrow transplantation

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Utah, 2007.

    Residency: Miami Children’s Hospital, 2010.

    Chief Residency: Miami Children’s Hospital, 2011.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2010.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology Oncology, 2011-present.

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    Javier El-Bietar, MD

    Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2105

    Email: javier.el-bietar@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric bone marrow transplantation

    Biography

    Javier El-Bietar, MD, received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies. He then pursued residency training in general pediatrics at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn New York where he received an Excellence in Research Award. He continued training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, where he conducted research exploring the in vitro enhancement of antigen specific cytotoxic T cells used in adoptive immunotherapy. He spent an additional clinical training year with Texas Children's Hospital and the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy following the bone marrow transplant fellowship curriculum. After completion, he joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s in the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency in 2013. His clinical and research interests include exploring new treatment strategies for post-hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated co-morbidities.

    Education and Training

    MD: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, 2006.

    Residency: Pediatrics, State University of New York, Downstate, Brooklyn, New York, NY.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX.

    Board Certification: Pediatrics, 2009; Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2013.

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    Alexandra (Lisa) H. Filipovich, MD
    Ralph J. Stolle Chair, Clinical Immunology

    513-803-3218

    lisa.filipovich@cchmc.org

    Alexandra (Lisa) H. Filipovich, MD

    Ralph J. Stolle Chair, Clinical Immunology

    Director, Immune Deficiency and Histiocytosis Program

    Medical Director, Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-3218

    Fax: 513-803-1969

    Email: lisa.filipovich@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Primary immunodeficiencies; BMT for primary immunodeficiencies; hemophagocytic lymphocytosis; post-BMT immune reconstruction

    Research Interests

    Biology and genetics of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis; investigation of hematopoietic cell transplantation for genetic immunodeficiencies; immunoreconstitution following pediatric stem cell transplantation

    Biography

    Lisa Filipovich, MD, began her career at the University of Minnesota where she received her medical degree in 1974 and completed fellowships in both immunopathology and pediatric immunology. She became a professor of pediatrics and served for 10 years as the head of the Division of Immunology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Filipovich came to Cincinnati Children’s in 1996. She is currently the Ralph J. Stolle Chair in Clinical Immunology and the director of the Immune Deficiency and Histiocytosis program. She also serves as the medical director of the Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Dr. Filipovich has a special interest in histiocytic disorders, especially hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). Other interests include bone marrow transplant for primary immune deficiencies and post-BMT immune reconstitution. She serves as president of the Histiocyte Society, an international group of more than 200 physicians and scientists who are committed to improving the lives of patients with histiocytosis through research.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1974.

    Residency: University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN 1975-1978.

    Fellowship: Immunopathology, Departments of Pediatrics, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota 1978-1979.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota 1979-1980.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1980.

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    Grants

    Gene Therapy for SCID-X1 Using Self-Inactivating Gamma. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2010-Aug 2015. #U01 AI 087628.

    Rare Diseases Clinical Consortia for the Rare Diseases. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2009-Aug 2014. #U54 AI 082973.

    Hypoxia and potassium channel activity in T Lymphocytes. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jun 2009-Jun 2014. #R01 CA 095286.

    Michael S. Grimley, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-5917

    Fax: 513-803-1969

    Email: michael.grimley@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Bone marrow transplantation for primary immunodeficiencies; cord blood transplants; leukemia

    Education and Training

    MD: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 1992.

    Residency: Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland, AFB, TX, 1995.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1999.

    Certification: General Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

    Licenses: Ohio, Texas.

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    Sonata Jodele, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-1565

    Fax: 513-636-3549

    Email: sonata.jodele@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Bone marrow transplantation

    Education and Training

    MD: Vilnius University School of Medicine, 1988-1994.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Downstate HSC at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, 1998-2001.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Saban Research Institute, Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2001-2004.

    Certifications: Pediatrics, 2001; Pediatric Hematology / Oncology, 2004.

    Licenses: California, 2001-present; Ohio, 2004-present.

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    Michael B. Jordan, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7287

    Fax: 513-803-1969

    Email: michael.jordan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Histiocytic disorders: HLH and LCH

    Research Interests

    Better understanding histiocytic disorders and developing novel therapies for them; regulation of the immune response; immunotherapy of cancer

    Education and Training

    MD: UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX, 1993.

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Dallas, 1996.

    Fellowship: The Children's Hospital (Denver), 2002.

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1996; Sub-board of Pediatric Heme/Onc, 2002.

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    Pooja Khandelwal, MD

    Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-9063

    Email: pooja.khandelwal@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric bone marrow transplantation; acute graft versus host disease

    Research

    Acute graft versus host disease biology; treatment of steroid refractory acute graft versus host disease; management of refractory autoimmune cytopenias in the post-transplant setting

    Education and Training

    MD: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India, 2005.

    Residency: University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, 2010.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2013.

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    Ashish R. Kumar, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-1631

    Fax: 513-636-3549

    Email: ashish.kumar@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Childhood cancer and blood disorders; immune deficiency

    Research Interests

    Leukemia biology; cancer biology

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    Biography

    Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from L.T.M. Medical College, Mumbai, India, his PhD in anatomy and cell biology from the University of Iowa, pediatric residency training at the Mayo Clinic and fellowship in pediatric hematology / oncology / BMT at the University of Minnesota. He was appointed to the faculty of the University of Minnesota in the Department of Pediatrics where he was a member of the programs in pediatric leukemia and global pediatrics. As a faculty of the Masonic Cancer Center, he was also part of the Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer research program. Dr. Kumar’s laboratory is engaged in researching the biology of infant leukemia. Discoveries made in his laboratory have significantly enhanced the current understanding of leukemia.

    Education and Training

    MD: LTM Medical College, Mumbai, India.

    Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

    Fellowship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

    PhD: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

    Certification: General Pediatrics; Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Subspecialty.

    Licenses: State of Ohio; State of Minnesota.

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    Rebecca A. Marsh, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-9063

    Email: rebecca.marsh@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2008.

    Residency: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, 2006.

    MD: Rush Medical College 2003.

    BS: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1998.

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    Grants

    Studies to Determine why XIAP Deficiency leads to HLH. Clinical Immunology Society. Jul 2010 - Jun 2012,

    Parinda A. Mehta, MD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4913

    Fax: 513-803-1969

    Email: parinda.mehta@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2005.

    Residency: Upstate Medical University (UMU) - State University of New York (SUNY), Syracuse, NY, 2002.

    MD: G.S. Medical College and K.E.M Hospital, Mumbai, India, 1993.

    BA: Graduated from Parle College, Mumbai, India, 1988.

    Certification: Board Certification: Pediatrics, 2002; Board Certification: Pediatric Hematology Oncology; License: State of Ohio.

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    Kasiani C. Myers, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7287

    Email: kasiani.myers@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    Dr. Myers received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and pursued training in pediatrics and hematology/oncology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. After completion of her postdoctoral training, she joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s in the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency. She is a recipient of the Procter Scholar Award to support her translational research in the field of Fanconi anemia.

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Michigan, 2000.

    MD: Case Western Reserve University, 2004.

    Post-Doctoral: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2010.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2007.

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    Lisa K. Petiniot, MD
    Hospitalist, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    lisa.petiniot@cchmc.org

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    Lisa K. Petiniot, MD

    Hospitalist, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

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    Education and Training

    MD: University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Medicine, Madison, WI.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Rheumatology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.


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    Gregory H. Wallace, DO
    Staff Physician, Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    513-636-0038

    gregory.wallace@cchmc.org

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    Gregory H. Wallace, DO

    Staff Physician, Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    Phone: 513-636-0038

    Email: gregory.wallace@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Child abuse and neglect; Y STR DNA; anal injuries 

    Education and Training

    DO: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, WV 1981.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Todd's Babies and Children, Chief Resident, John Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

    Certification: Pediatrics AAP 1989.

    APRNs

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    Laura Diggs, APRN, CFNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Bone Marrow Transplant and Immune Deficiencies

    513-636-6698

    laura.diggs@cchmc.org

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    Laura Diggs, APRN, CFNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Bone Marrow Transplant and Immune Deficiencies

    Phone: 513-636-6698

    Email: laura.diggs@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, 1998