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Advisory Committee

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


  • Oversee all scientific activities of the CIBMTR
  • Review policies of the organization including use of CIBMTR data
  • Review progress of ongoing studies including publications reports
  • Approval of elected individuals for positions on the Advisory, Executive, Nominating, and CIDR Executive Committees
  • Selects Distinguished Service Award recipient for Tandem Meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR


  • 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 patients, CIDR representative, 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
  • Members to represent donor centers and collection centers are appointed by the Chief Scientific Director, CIBMTR NMDP


In-person Advisory Committee meetings are conducted once annually during the Tandem Meetings of ASTCT & CIBMTR. 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
John Wingard, MD, Shands HealthCare & University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Chair Elect: Michael Verneris, MD, University of Colorado - Children's Hospital, Aurora, CO
Vice Chairs:
  North America:
Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD, Stanford Health Care, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
  Europe: Jakob Passweg, MD, MS, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland 
  Central / South America:

Vanderson Rocha, MD, PhD, CTMO-HCFMUSP, São Paolo, Brazil

  Asia / Africa / Australia: Tracey O'Brien, MBA, LLM, MBChB, BSc, Kid's Cancer Center, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Members at Large:
​Andrew Artz, MD, MS, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Courtney Fitzhugh, MD, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute – NIH Bethesda, MD
Mary Flowers, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, WA

Leo Luznik, MD, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD
    Sung-Yun Pai, MD, National Cancer Institute – NIH, Bethesda, MD 
    Kirsten Williams, MD, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
Non-North America: ​Yoshiko Atsuta, MD, PhD, Japanese Data Center for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, Nagoya, Japan

​Rafael Duarte, MD, PhD, Clinica Puerta de Hierro, Barcelona, Spain 

​David Gómez-Almaguer, MD, Hospital Universitario Dr. José Eleuterio González, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico
    Guillermo Ruiz-Argüelles, MD, MACP, Clinica Ruiz de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Hélène Schoemans, MD, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium 

Luca Vago, MD, PhD, Ospedale San Raffaele, Milano, Italy

Appointed Members
Gregory Abel, MD, MPH, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
​Business Representative: Jeff Chell, MD, NMDP/Be The Match, Minneapolis, MN
​CIDR Executive Committee Representative:
Amanda Olson, MD, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Collection Center Representative: James Mason, MD, Scripps Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, La Jolla, CA
​Cord Blood Bank Representative: Andromachi Scaradavou, MD, New York Blood Center, Long Island City, NY

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

Bryce Waldman, Chicago, IL

Brandon Nuechterlein, Aurora, CO


Ex Officio Committee Members (*indicates non-voting members)
Chief Scientific Director, CIBMTR MCW:
Bronwen Shaw, MD, PhD*
Chief Scientific Director, CIBMTR NMDP; Senior Vice President, Patient Outcomes and Experience, NMDP/Be The Match:
​Jeffery Auletta, MD*
Chief Statistical Director, CIBMTR MCW:
Mei-Jie Zhang, PhD*
Executive Scientific Director, Policy and Governance, CIBMTR MCW:
Patricia Steinert, PhD, MBA*
Vice President, Patient Outcomes and Experience, NMDP/Be The Match:
Mary Hengen, MBA*
Senior Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of the SCTOD, CIBMTR MCW:
J. Douglas Rizzo, MD, MS*
​Vice President of Research and Senior Scientific Director, CIBMTR NMDP:
​Steve Spellman, MBS*
Senior Scientific Director, and PI and Registry Director of the CIDR, CIBMTR MCW:
Marcelo Pasquini, MD, MS*
Chief Medical Officer, NMDP/Be The Match; Senior Scientific Director, CIBMTR NMDP:
Steven Devine, MD*
Chief Executive Officer, NMDP/Be The Match:
Amy Ronneberg*
​Scientific Director Emeritus, CIBMTR MCW:
Mary Horowitz, MD, MS*
Director, Strategic Programs,
NMDP/Be The Match:
Meggan McCann, MPH*

Be The Match / MCW / HRSA Contracting Officer:
Nawraz Shawir, MBBS*
​Be The Match / Navy Project Officer:
MCW / HRSA Contracting Officers:
Marilyn Levi, MD*

​MCW / NCI Project Officer:
​Lori Henderson, PhD
​MCW / NHLBI Project Officers:
Nancy DiFronzo, PhD
​Nahed El Kassar, MD, PhD

MCW / NIAID Project Officer:
​Linda Griffith, MD, PhD
​ASTCT Representative:
​Brenda Sandmaier, MD
​Nominating Committee Chair:
​Ed Copelan, MD

Last Updated: 7/25/2022 2:14 PM