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Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Offering compassionate, innovative care for children with leukemia, lymphoma, recurrent cancers, inherited metabolic diseases, congenital immunodeficiencies, and blood disorders.

The Duke Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in both established techniques and research initiatives.

Under the direction of Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, our physicians have performed over 2,500 autologous and allogeneic transplants in children with cancer or genetic diseases since 1990.

Using a variety of approaches, the program has pioneered the use of unrelated donor umbilical cord blood stem cells in patients who do not have a fully matched donor, thus extending this life-saving therapy to many more patients. The cord blood program allows for rapid identification of unrelated donors quickly (generally within a few weeks), which is a critical concern for patients with inborn errors of metabolism, bone marrow failure, immunodeficiency syndromes, or advanced leukemias.

The program provides hematopoietic stem cell transplant as a treatment option for a variety of acquired and congenital disorders of children and young adults including hematopoietic malignancies and solid tumors including neuroblastoma and brain tumors, inherited immune deficiency syndromes, bone marrow failure syndromes, hemoglobinopathies, and inherited metabolic diseases.


We offer services to those patients for whom bone marrow transplant may provide curative therapy, such as:

  • hematologic malignancies
  • bone marrow failure syndromes
  • immunodeficiencies
  • hemoglobinopathies, and
  • inborn errors of metabolism

Commonly performed procedures include:

  • bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cell, and umbilical cord blood transplants
  • hematopoietic stem cell mobilization and pheresis
  • donor leukocyte infusions, and
  • mobilized parental granulocyte infusions

Physicians and Staff


Name Areas of Special Interest
Timothy A. Driscoll, MD Pediatric bone-marrow transplant, oncology, new treatments in high-risk neuroblastoma, chemotherapy-induced apoptosis
Joanne Kurtzberg, MD Umbilical cord-blood transplantation; nucleoside therapy; T-cell ALL; asparaginase; ITP; aplastic anemia; BM and UCB transplantation; growth-factor therapy; hematopoiesis; transplantation therapy for inborn errors of metabolism, immunodeficiency syndromes, congenital marrow-failure syndromes, and hemoglobinopathies; cell therapy for acquired and genetic brain injuries
Paul L. Martin, MD, PhD Pediatric oncology, pediatric leukemia, stem-cell transplantation, infections in immunocompromised patients
Kristin M. Page, MD Pediatric blood and marrow transplantation
Suhag H. Parikh, MD Stem-cell (cord blood, peripheral blood, bone marrow) transplantation for hemoglobinopathies such as sickle-cell disease and thalassemia; inherited metabolic disorders, immune disorders, and childhood malignancies; reduced-intensity transplantation for non-malignant diseases
Vinod K. Prasad, MD, MBBS Cord-blood, stem-cell, and bone-marrow transplant for childhood cancers; inherited metabolic disorders; immunodeficiency; hemoglobinopathies and other serious diseases; histocompatibility (tissue typing) and other determinants of alloreactivity, with a focus on identifying the best-matched donors by using cutting-edge molecular techniques; post-transplant viral infections, with a focus on early detection and treatment
Mekdem Tesfaye, MD
McAllister Ophelia Windom, MD, MPH

Nurse Coordinators and Practitioners

June Allison, RN, CPON Senior Nurse Coordinator
Sandy Bream, RN, BSN, CPNP Nurse Coordinator
Gilbert Ciocci, MSN, FNP Senior Nurse Practitioner, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Amber Hammer, RN, BSN Nurse Coordinator
Lucy Harris, RN, BSN Nurse Coordinator
Tonya Jolly-Ahearn, CPNP-AC Certified Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Sloan Kojis, RN, BSN Nurse Coordinator
Colleen McLaughlin, PNP Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Jerelyn Moffet, MSN, C-PNP Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Lauren Stafford, AC-PNC Certified Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Andre Stokhuyzen, C-PNP Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Erika Summers, MSN, CPNP-AC Certified Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Susan Wood, MN, CPNP Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


Marion Kalbacker, MSW, LCSW Clinical Social Worker
Lisa McNerney, MSW, LCSW Clinical Social Worker
Scott Mofield Director, Family Support Program
Robyn Barber Assistant Director, Family Support Program
Stacey Wooten Staff Assistant, Family Support Program
Jennifer H. Baker, RN Clinical Trials Manager
Erin Arbuckle Clinical Research Coordinator
Kristine Edwards, RN Clinical Research Coordinator
Bethany Kistler Clinical Research Coordinator
Dorothy Mazzitelli, RN Clinical Research Coordinator
Maggie Peterson, RN Clinical Research Coordinator
Hildy Donner Clinical Trials Assistant
Jodi Russell, BA, CCRP Grants Manager
Beth Edwards Transplant Insurance Coordinator
Maureen Kester Transplant Insurance Coordinator
Ruth Tasgal, RN Discharge Coordinator
Christy Ragan Senior Business Manager
Vacant Administrative Coordinator
Barbara Chance Housing Coordinator
Ashley James Return Appointments
Sherone Massey New Appointments
Abbey Metzger Administrative Assistant
Matthew Furtick Staff Assistant
Marta Molina Staff Assistant

Clinic Hours & Locations

Duke Children's Hospital and Health Center
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919-668-4000
Hours: Daily, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Appointments and Contact Information

To serve our patients and referring physicians, faculty physicians covering pediatric blood and marrow transplantation are always on call to answer questions and provide consultation.

  • For a new appointment, please call 919-668-1100. Appointments for new patients are made through referring physicians and/or nurse coordinators.
  • For a return appointment, please call 919-668-1100.
  • For urgent calls during business hours, call the divisional office at 919-668-1100.
  • For urgent calls after business hours, on weekends, or on holidays, please page the pediatric BMT physician on call at 919-970-1424.
  • For physicians requesting consultations or making referrals, please call the divisional office at 919-668-1100 or the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 800-MED-DUKE (800-633-3853).

If Your Transplant Patient is Sick

If your child is sick, please call one of the following numbers:

  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
  • Between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, call Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center at 919-668-4490.
  • Between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am, page the PBMT physician on call at 919-970-1424, or call the PBMT unit at 919-681-5241 and ask for the physician on call or the charge nurse.

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