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.

Educational Videos

Winship patients and physicians collaborated with Be The Match® to create a series of patient-centered educational videos about bone marrow transplantation. Along with managing the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world, Be The Match has a team dedicated to supporting patients, caregivers, family members and friends, before, during and after a transplant.

Two of the collaborative videos are embedded on this page, "What is a blood or marrow transplant?" and "What are the types of transplants?" Visit the Be The Match website to view the full series of patient experience videos.

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Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

  • Hematologist
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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

  • Psychiatric Oncologist
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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

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD
Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • A Registered Dietitian, Ms. Boyea provides blood cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Winship with personalized nutrition advice.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-7991

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

  • Hematologist
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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

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) 778-1900

Christopher R. Flowers MD

  • Hematologist
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Christopher R. Flowers MD

Christopher R. Flowers MD

  • Dr. Flowers specializes in the treatment of lymphoid malignancies.
  • Director of the Emory Lymphoma Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University; Scientific Director, Winship Research Informatics , Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-3942

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

Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD

  • Hematologist
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Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD

Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD

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 Waldenstr√∂m's macroglobulinemia.
  • Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-5871

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

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Sandra J. Karem LCSW
Sandra J. Karem LCSW

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

  • At Winship, Ms. Karem works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center team, the hematology (leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma) teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Hematology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5899

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Hematologist
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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 and Section Chief, Ambulatory Infusion Centers, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-4964

H. Jean Khoury MD

  • Hematologist
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H. Jean Khoury MD

H. Jean Khoury MD

  • Dr. Khoury is an established authority in hematological malignancies, particularly leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes.
  • Director, Division of Hematology, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-5871

Vamsi K. Kota MD

  • Hematologist
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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

  • Hematologist
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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

  • Hematologist
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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 and Vice Chair for Education, 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

  • Hematologist
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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) 778-3921

Kendelle Miller LCSW, ACM

  • Social Worker
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                                 Kendelle Miller LCSW, ACM
Kendelle Miller LCSW, ACM

Kendelle Miller LCSW, ACM

  • Ms. Miller provides clinical social work for patients with hematological malignancies and who are treated at the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and BMT, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5535

Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

  • Hematologist
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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

Brittany Szabo RN, BSN

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

Brittany Szabo RN, BSN

Rachel Veldman RN, BSN, OCN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Rachel Veldman RN, BSN, OCN
Rachel Veldman RN, BSN, OCN

Rachel Veldman RN, BSN, OCN

Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

  • Hematologist
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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
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