Stem Cell Transplantation & Cellular Therapy
Elizabeth Shpall, M.D.
Department Chair ad interim
Diseases we treat
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome
- Aplastic Anemia
- Breast Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia
- Testicular Cancer
The mission of the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Department is to utilize transplantation therapies to eliminate cancer and provide personalized patient care. The program has a strong commitment to clinical and basic science research and to advancing the field of stem cell transplants. We are one of the largest centers in the world for stem cell transplants, performing more than 865 procedures each year, more than any other center in the nation.
MUD and Haploidentical Transplants
Our program is recognized by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) as a specialized center for matched unrelated donor transplants. We also perform haploidentical stem cell transplantations, in which donor and recipient are only half-matched.
In addition, the department maintains an advanced cell processing laboratory that is dedicated to preparing safe and effective hematologic tissues for transplantation. The apheresis and stem cell collection unit is one of the most active facilities in the world, performing more than 1,000 blood stem cell collections annually.
The Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Department offers specialized training for physicians interested in bone marrow transplantation. This intensive one-year fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for academic careers in bone marrow transplantation. Two to three applicants are accepted each year. Applicants are expected to be board certified or eligible in medical oncology and/or hematology. Read more about the fellowship.
At any given time, physicians and researchers with the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular are conducting dozens of separate clinical trials. Trials include new treatments for diseases such asleukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, pediatric cancers, solid tumors and more.
Visit our Clinical Trials site to learn more about the clinical trials process and to browse clinical trials by disease, treatment type, physician or National Clinical Trial, or NCT number.
Cord Blood Bank
MD Anderson's Cord Blood Bank uses stem cells from umbilical cord blood to treat patients with many life-threatening diseases, including cancer.