Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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
- 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|
|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
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.
Duke Children's Ranked for Top Pediatric Care
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- The Value of Saving Umbilical Cord Blood
- Pediatric Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
(Duke School of Medicine)
- Pediatric Clinical Trials (Blood and Marrow Transplantation)
- Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
- Duke Cancer Institute
- Cancer Care at Duke
- PBMT Family Support Program
- Duke Children's Health Library
- Cord Blood Breakthrough
There She Goes!
Young leukemia patient discharged from Duke Children's Hospital with confetti parade.
- Angel Flight America
- Children's Organ Transplant Association
- Corporate Angel Network
- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- National Children's Cancer Society
- National Foundation for Transplants
- National Transplant Assistance Fund