Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center

As the oldest and largest program in Georgia, Winship's Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center offers you a healthcare team with decades of experience in transplantation and a dedication to providing the most up-to-date and best care possible.

Outcomes for blood cancer patients receiving bone marrow and stem cell transplants have dramatically improved over the last decade because of better practices and therapies.

Our transplant experts initiate many of these new practices and therapies, so you know you’re getting the latest, most effective treatments available.

Located on the Plaza level of the Winship Cancer Institute, our specialized doctors and staff care for patients from consultation through transplant to comprehensive follow-up with a focus on quality of life and support. Our multidisciplinary bone marrow transplant teams include hematologists, pathologists, advanced practice nurses, and oncology nurses with expertise in blood or hematological cancers like leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

Our multiple myeloma team recently won the MMRF Accelerator Award for the exceptional contributions to the rapid completion of clinical trials supported through the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium.

The benefits of our comprehensive Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program include:

  • Our team is internationally known for research and treatment of blood cancers and blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome.
  • Our program is a full service, dedicated transplant center performing autologous, related and unrelated donor transplants.
  • Our specialists meet regularly to review individual patient cases.
  • Our comprehensive center provides support services before, during and after transplant.
  • Our teams have performed over 4,000 transplants.
  • Our researchers collaborate in clinical research and basic science through leading national and international organizations.
  • Our center enables your participation in clinical trials that offer you the newest knowledge in stem cell biology and transplant immunology.

In a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, a patient's diseased bone marrow is destroyed by high doses of chemotherapy, and then healthy bone marrow stem cells are infused into the bloodstream.

The new stem cells migrate to the cavities of the large bones and begin producing healthy, normal blood cells. The type of transplant you receive depends on your disease and the availability of a suitable donor.

Autologous (self-transplant): A patient's own cells are collected and frozen for later use. Autologous transplants are most commonly performed for lymphomas, multiple myeloma, testicular cancer and leukemia.

Syngeneic (identical twin transplant): Stem cells are donated by an identical twin, which is an ideal donor because of the matching genetic identity between donor and recipient.

Allogeneic (donor transplant): Stem cells are collected from a relative or an unrelated donor whose tissue type matches closely with that of the patient, or from umbilical cord blood. Allogeneic transplants are most commonly done for 
leukemias and bone marrow or immune system failure diseases.

At Winship, our Bone Marrow Transplant Center treats leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and plasma cell disorders; sickle cell anemia, testicular cancer and bone marrow failures.

If you have been diagnosed with a blood cancer or hematological malignancy, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Once you've made your appointment, we want to help you prepare. Learn more about your first visit.

Referring physicians, please use the BMT referral line at 1 (800) 889-9616. For information about clinical trials through the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center, call (404) 778-3708 to speak with one of our research coordinators.

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Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

  • Dr. Al-Kadhimi specializes in the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndrome and other blood cancers, and is a part of the team at the Blood Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology , Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Daniela  Casbourne  FNP-C, AOCNP
Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS

  • Medical Oncologist
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Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS

Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS

  • Dr. Cohen's clinical focus is on the treatment of Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, where he manages both newly diagnosed patients as well as those requiring stem cell transplantation and treatment for relapsed disease.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

  • Social Worker
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                                 Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)
Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Kimberly A. Curseen MD
Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Natia Esiashvili MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Natia Esiashvili MD
Natia Esiashvili MD

Natia Esiashvili MD

  • Dr. Esiashvili specializes in the treatment of complex pediatric cancers and hematological malignancies in adults.
  • Associate Professor and Chief Quality Officer, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Christopher R. Flowers MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Christopher R. Flowers MD

Christopher R. Flowers MD

Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP
Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

  • As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Gleason works with patients with multiple myeloma and graft versus host disease and is a team member of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD
Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

  • Dr. Heffner's clinical interests include bone marrow transplant, Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and Waldenström's macroglobulinemia.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Neera Jagirdar CCRC

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
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                                 Neera Jagirdar CCRC
Neera Jagirdar CCRC

Neera Jagirdar CCRC

Anand P. Jillella MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Anand P. Jillella MD
Anand P. Jillella MD

Anand P. Jillella MD

  • Dr. Jillella is a national leader in bone marrow transplantation and has led the development of a strategy to decrease induction mortality for acute promyelocytic leukemia.
  • Associate Director for Community Outreach, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Jonathan L. Kaufman MD
Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Dr. Kaufman's practice includes treating lymphoma and multiple myeloma patients at Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Medical Director of the Ambulatory Infusion Centers, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

H. Jean Khoury MD

  • Hematologist
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H. Jean Khoury MD

H. Jean Khoury MD

Nassoma King PA

  • Physician Assistant
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Nassoma King PA

Nassoma King PA

Vamsi K. Kota MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Vamsi K. Kota MD
Vamsi K. Kota MD

Vamsi K. Kota MD

  • Dr. Kota specializes in chronic myeloid leukemia, myeloproliferative neoplasms, acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, myelofibrosis and transplant.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Amelia A. Langston MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Amelia A. Langston MD
Amelia A. Langston MD

Amelia A. Langston MD

  • A bone marrow transplant specialist, Dr. Langston treats patients with leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and other blood cancers.
  • Medical Director and Section Chief, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Mary Jo Lechowicz MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Mary Jo  Lechowicz MD
Mary Jo Lechowicz MD

Mary Jo Lechowicz MD

  • Dr. Lechowicz is the primary investigator for a number of trials at Emory University with regard to improvement of care in lymphoma, particularly related to transplantation and patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Celia Lett NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Celia Lett NP
Celia Lett NP

Celia Lett NP

Sagar Lonial MD, FACP

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Sagar Lonial MD, FACP
Sagar Lonial MD, FACP

Sagar Lonial MD, FACP

  • Internationally recognized as a leading authority in multiple myeloma treatment and research, Dr. Lonial collaborates with leadership as Chief Medical Officer to coordinate and enhance clinical services and patient care throughout Winship.
  • Chief Medical Officer, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Social Worker
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Joy McCall LCSW

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Located at the Winship Cancer Institute, Ms. McCall works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center, hematology and gynecologic cancer teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5899

Alice Mullins LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Alice Mullins LCSW
Alice Mullins LCSW

Alice Mullins LCSW

  • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Mullins specializes in assisting patients affected by hematologic malignancies and with those undergoing bone marrow transplantation.
  • Social Worker, Hematology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5559

Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP
Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

  • As part of the hematology care team at Winship, Dr. Nooka specializes in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Melanie Simon NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Melanie Simon NP
Melanie Simon NP

Melanie Simon NP

Brittany Szabo RN, BSN

  • BMT Nurse Navigator
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                                 Brittany Szabo RN, BSN
Brittany Szabo RN, BSN

Brittany Szabo RN, BSN

Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP
Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

  • Dr. Waller specializes in bone marrow transplants for acute leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative neoplasms, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, sickle cell disease and in the management of graft-versus-host disease.
  • Director, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900