Overview

Overview

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The mission of the Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program in the Taussig Cancer Institute is to provide high quality specialized patient care in a setting of education and research.

The entire BMT staff embraces the values of initiative, innovation, collaboration, confidentiality, empathy and integrity.

What We Treat

Cleveland Clinic performs bone marrow/peripheral blood stem cells/umbilical cord blood transplants for disorders including:

Blood & Marrow Transplant Floor

The Blood and Marrow Transplant and Leukemia floors have units that are designed for patients with lengthy stays and compromised immune systems.

The 44-bed, 25,000 sq. ft. floor features several elements specifically for an immune-compromised patient population, including a centralized air-handling system that filters all of the air on the floor every minute, removing 99.98 percent of potential pollutants. Dedicated restrooms, showers and kitchenettes for family members also help protect patients' health, while amenities like wireless Internet, flat screen TVs with built-in DVD players, and large picture windows in every room help ease the burden of enduring the 3 to 6 week average stay for patients and their families.

Other features of the floor include:

  • All rooms are private.
  • Small sofas or reclining chairs for family/visitors.
  • Exercise room and nutrition room.
  • Fully wired for telemetry to monitor patients.
  • A washer and dryer for family use
Patient Education

Patient Education

Hickman Catheter Care

It is important that you or a caregiver are able to properly care for the catheter once you leave the hospital. The information in this video is provided to remind you how to care for the Hickman Catheter at home. Please be aware that procedures change and your nurse will educate you on the safe and most up to date process of caring for your central line.

Changing the dressing and cleansing the skin around the catheter helps to prevent infection. This also allows for an opportunity to look at the skin around the insertion site to check for any problems. It is necessary to change the dressing once a week or when it becomes wet or soiled.

Allogeneic Transplant

"I am getting someone else’s cells."

This patient education guide is comprehensive, including information about the different types of allogeneic transplants. Individualized treatment plans specific to your type of transplant will be provided by your care team.

Download the Guide

Allogeneic Reduced Intensity Transplant

"I am getting someone else’s cells as an outpatient."

This patient education guide is comprehensive, including information about the different types of allogeneic reduced intensity transplants. Individualized treatment plans specific to your type of transplant will be provided by your care team.

Download the Guide

Autologous Transplant

"I am getting my own cells."

This patient education guide is comprehensive, including information about the different types of autologous transplants. Individualized treatment plans specific to your type of transplant will be provided by your care team.

Download the Guide

Support Services

Support Services

Psychosocial support and services are provided to all patients, families, and care-partners facing the impact of their cancer diagnosis and blood & marrow transplant. Support is provided by a licensed clinical social worker who will follow you and your support persons throughout the BMT process. BMT social workers are an integral part of your health care team and they work with other Cleveland Clinic specialists to contribute to your over BMT treatment plan.

Blood & Marrow Support Programs Include:

Our Team

Our Team

Cleveland Clinic's Blood & Marrow Transplant Team at offers comprehensive care prior to, during, and following your transplant procedure.

We are specially trained in meeting the needs of blood & marrow transplant patients, ensuring that their transplant procedure goes as smoothly as possible, in a compassionate setting.

Navneet Majhail , MD
Director of Blood & Marrow Transplant Program
Brian Bolwell , MD
Institute Chair
Hien Liu , MD
Staff Physician and Director of Therapeutic Apheresis
Aaron Gerds , MD
Associate Staff
Betty Hamilton , MD
Associate Staff
Matt Kalaycio , MD
Chairman of Hematologic Oncology & Blood Disorders
Ronald Sobecks , MD
Quality Review Officer
Kristin Ricci , M.D.
Associate Staff
Priscilla Figueroa , MD
Progenitor Cell Processing Laboratory Director
Accreditations

Accreditations

Blood & Marrow Transplant | Accreditations

Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
As a patient, FACT accreditation can assure you that the health care organization you choose is committed to quality patient care. Learn More

Blood & Marrow Transplant | Associations

National Marrow Donor Program - Be The Match®
Our program has been an NMDP transplant center since December 1988. These statistics can help you understand the differences among transplant centers. Learn More

Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (CTN)
The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program collaborates with the BMT Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN). BMT CTN was established because of a critical need for multi-institutional clinical trials focused directly on improving survival for patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT).

Since 2001, the BMT CTN has opened more than 27 multi-institutional phase II and III trials, involved more than 100 transplant centers, and enrolled thousands of patients. Learn More

Graft vs. Host Disease - National Symposium (GvHD)
The Chronic GVHD Consortium is an integrated group of academic medical centers, patient support organizations, and clinical research resources dedicated to conducting clinical research in different immune mediated disorders after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation and improving the care of patients affected by these disorders. Learn More

Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN)
The RITN was developed to respond to a potential disaster resulting in mass casualties with marrow toxic injuries from ionizing radiation exposure or other hazardous material. Learn More

Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)
SWOG is a cancer research cooperative group that designs and conducts multidisciplinary clinical trials to improve the practice of medicine in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors. Learn More

Center for International Blood and Marrow Research (CIBMTR)
The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) collaborates with the global scientific community to advance hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and cellular therapy research worldwide. Learn More

Progenitor Cell Processing Laboratory | Accreditations

College of American Pathologists (CAP)
The leading organization of board-certified pathologists fosters and advocates excellence in pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. Learn More

Clinical Laboratories Improvement Amendment (CLIA)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). Learn More

Allogen Laboratories | Accreditations

American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (ASHI)
The American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics is an international society of professionals dedicated to advancing the science, education, and application of immunogenetics and transplant immunology. Learn More

Blood Bank | Accreditations

American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
AABB advances the practice and standards of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies to optimize patient and donor care and safety. Learn More

Donate Blood & Marrow Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

Our Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is recognized as a leader in the field of blood and marrow transplant and patients are referred to us because of our clinical excellence and advanced treatment protocols. Our objective is to have research trials available for most clinical situations to meet the needs of our patients. Our record shows that we are committed to reduce transplant toxicities and improve patient outcomes.

Search Clinical Trials

Search our database for a listing of clinical trials available.

The Blood & Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network

The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program collaborates with the BMT Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN). BMT CTN was established because of a critical need for multi-institutional clinical trials focused directly on improving survival for patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT).

Since 2001, the BMT CTN has opened more than 27 multi-institutional phase II and III trials, involved more than 100 transplant centers, and enrolled thousands of patients.

The Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research

The Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) collaborates with the global scientific community to advance hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and cellular therapy research worldwide.

A research program of the National Marrow Donor Program®/Be the Match and the Medical College of Wisconsin; CIBMTR facilitates critical research that has led to increased survival and an enriched quality of life for thousands of patients.

The Chronic Graft-versus-host Disease Consortium

The Chronic GVHD Consortium is an integrated group of academic medical centers, patient support organizations, and clinical research resources dedicated to conducting clinical research in different immune mediated disorders after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation and improving the care of patients affected by these disorders. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Chronic GVHD Consortium is part of the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.

The Chronic Graft-versus-host Disease Consortium seeks to decrease illness, limit disability and prevent death for patients who develop immune-mediated complications after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.

Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG)

SWOG is a cancer research cooperative group that designs and conducts multidisciplinary clinical trials to improve the practice of medicine in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer, and to enhance the quality of life for cancer survivors.