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Matched Unrelated Donor Program

Stem cell transplantation can be performed using one’s own stem cells (autologous) or another person’s stem cells (allogeneic). Allogeneic stem cell transplantation offers potentially curative therapy to patients with a variety of cancers.


Ideally, a brother, sister or other family member can serve as the allogeneic (related) stem cell donor. Approximately 70% of all patients who need a transplant do not have a matched donor in their family. Our unrelated transplant coordinator team works in conjunction with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMPD)/ Be The Match to identify an HLA-matched unrelated donor or cord blood unit. The Be The Match Registry provides patients with access to nearly 22.5 million potential donors and more than 601,000 cord blood units on U.S. and global registries. NMDP/Be The Match facilitated more than 6,300 marrow and cord blood unit transplants in 2013.

MD Anderson is certified by the NMDP to facilitate unrelated donor searches and transplants.

To join the Be The Match registry, please visit Be The Match or call 1-800-MARROW-2 (1-800-627-7692)

Stem Cell Transplant Coordinators

Our unrelated transplant coordinators will supervise the search process and the pre-transplant evaluation and testing of the donor and recipient. The unrelated transplant coordinators will have the most up-to-date information regarding the matched unrelated donor process. If there are any questions regarding unrelated transplantation or the donation process, contact your unrelated transplantation coordinator:

  • Michele Alvarez, Lead Coordinator 713-745-3216
  • Lori Griffin 713-745-2293
  • Kathie Nemeth 713-745-5713
  • Susan Sheldon 713-745-4374
  • Jessica Henderson 713-792-2687

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