Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program
Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program
Area of interest
My clinical and research interests involve improving outcomes for those pediatric recipients who require hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for the possibility of long-term survival. These patients include those requiring autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants, regardless of the stem cell source. The number of pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplants performed each year is a smaller number than the number performed by our adult colleagues; indications for transplantation also vary between adults and pediatrics.
With this knowledge in mind, I believe that my responsibility as a clinical researcher is to insure that our program is participating in collaborative studies through the Childrens Oncology Group (COG), the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, and the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium in order to help move the field of pediatric transplantation forward.
Clinical research interests include improving outcomes for pediatric patients with hematologic malignancies, solid tumors, brain tumors, and non-malignant diseases using hematopoietic stem cell transplant as a therapeutic modality. Since my arrival at UNC, several COG studies involving transplantation have been opened, and a single versus double cord blood unit transplantation protocol for hematologic malignancies has obtained IRB approval.
Awards and Honors
- 1996 Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
- 1998 Grant Morrow Resident/Fellow Research Award, Columbus, Ohio
- 1999 Childrens Research Symposium: Clinical Research First Place, Columbus, Ohio
- 1999 Resident Teaching Award, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Columbus, Ohio
- 2008 Outstanding Physician of the Year, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee