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Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is a worldwide group that reviews and approves CIBMTR activities.


  • Oversee all scientific activities of CIBMTR
  • Review policies of the organization including use of CIBMTR data
  • Review progress of ongoing studies including publications reports


  • Members to represent transplant centers in North America, Central and South America, Europe and Asia/Australia/Africa contingencies are elected by the CIBMTR Assembly for three-year terms
  • Members to represent donor centers, collection centers, patients, and individuals with expertise in business and ethics are appointed by the Advisory Committee
  • Ex-officio members also represent the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Naval Research (ONR) and CIBMTR leadership


In-person Advisory Committee meetings are conducted once annually during the BMT Tandem Meetings. Meetings are open to the public and to federal representatives, except on rare occasions when deliberations pose a conflict of interest (such as in center confidentiality). Ad hoc task forces meet by teleconference as needed to address specific issues.

Elected Members
Paul Martin, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Immediate Past Chair Thomas Shea, MD, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC​
Vice Chairs
  North America: Helen Heslop, MD, Baylor College of Medicine Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Houston, TX
  Europe: Charles Craddock, MD, PhD, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, NHS Trust, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  Central/South America: Carmem Bonfim, MD, Hospital de Clinicas - UFPR, Curitiba, Brazil
  Asia/Africa/Australia: Mahmoud Aljurf, MD, MPH, King Faisal Specialist Hospital Center & Research, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
Members at Large
Steven Pavletic, MD, MS, NIH-NCI Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch, Bethesda, MD
    Joseph Pidala, MD, MS, H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL
    Michael Pulsipher, MD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
    Bipin Savani, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Marcel van den Brink, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Kirsten Williams, MD, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
  Non North America: Ernst Holler, MD, Klinikum der Universitaet Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
    William Hwang, MBBS, MRCP, Singapore, General Hospital, Singapore
    Shinichiro Okamoto, MD, PhD, Keio University, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Japan
    Miguel Sanz, MD, PhD, Hospital Universitario La Fe, Valencia, Spain
Alok Srivastava, MD, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
    Afonso Vigorito, MD, PhD, Unicamp - Hemocentro, Campinas, Brazil

Appointed Members
​ASBMT Representative: Ginna Laport, MD, Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, Stanford, CA
​Bioethicist: Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, Abramson Cancer Center University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
​Business Representative: Theresa Franco, BSN, MSN, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Collection Center Representative: Lee Ann Weitekamp, MD, Michigan Blood Cord Blood Bank, Grand Rapids, MI
​Cord Blood Bank Representative: Elizabeth Shpall, MD, M.D. Anderson Cord Blood Bank, Houston, TX​
​Donor Center Representative: Jason Gangewere, NMDP, Philadelphia, PA

Patient/Family Representatives
(Co-Chairs, Consumer Advocacy Committee):

Jim Omel, (retired), Grand Island, NE

Maureen Beaman, Milwaukee, WI

Ex Officio Committee Members
Executive Director: Jeffrey Chell, MD, NMDP, Minneapolis, MN
Chief Scientific Director: Mary M. Horowitz, MD, MS, CIBMTR, Milwaukee, WI
Chief Statistical Director (Interim): Mei-Jie Zhang, PhD, CIBMTR, Milwaukee, WI
Associate Scientific Director SCTOD: J. Douglas Rizzo, MD, MS, CIBMTR, Milwaukee, WI
Associate Scientific Director CIBMTR Minneapolis: Dennis Confer, MD, NMDP, Minneapolis, MN

​Vice President CIBMTR Minneapolis:

Roberta King, CIBMTR, Minneapolis, MN
Research Administrator CIBMTR Milwaukee: Patricia Steinert, PhD, MBA, CIBMTR, Milwaukee, WI
​Vice President Patient Services: ​Elizabeth Murphy, EdD, RN, NMDP, Minneapolis, MN
Senior Research Advisor: Daniel Weisdorf, MD, CIBMTR, Minneapolis, MN
NMDP/HRSA Project Officer: Shelley Grant, MPH
NMDP/Navy Project Officer: Robert Hartzman, MD
MCW/HRSA Project Officer: Nawraz Shawir, MBBS
MCW/NCI Project Officer: Roy Wu, PhD
MCW/NHLBI Project Officer: Nancy DiFronzo, PhD
MCW/NIAID Project Officer: Linda Griffith, MD, PhD
Nominating Committee Chair: Stella Davies, MBBS, PhD, MRCP, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Last Updated: 8/18/2015 2:42 PM