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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
Immediate Past Chair: Rob Soiffer, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Vice Chairs:
  North America: Marcos de Lima, MD, Seidman Cancer Center-University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  Europe: Jakob Passweg, MD, MS, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland 
  Central / South America: Gregorio Jaimovich, MD, Sanatorio Anchorena, Caba, Argentina and Hospital Universitario Fundacion Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  Asia / Africa / Australia: Tracey O'Brien, MBA, LLM, MBChB, BSc, Kid's Cancer Center, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Members at Large:
Edwin Alyea, MD, Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC
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
    Heather Landau, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
    Steven Pavletic, MD, MS, NIH-NCI Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch, Bethesda, MD
Non-North America: Mahmoud Aljurf, MD, MPH, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, Soudi Arabia

Yoshiko Atsuta, MD, PhD, Japanese Data Center for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, Nagoya, Japan

Carmem Sales Bonfim, MD, PhD, Hospital de Clinicas - UFPR, Curitiba, Brazil
    ​David Gómez-Almaguer, MD, Hospital Universitario Dr. José Eleuterio González, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico
Steven Marsh, BSc, PhD, ARCS, Anthony Nolan Research Institute, London, England

Hélène Schoemans, MD, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium 

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:
Miguel-Angel Perales, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
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
​Donor Center Representative: Susan Rossmann, MD, PhD, Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Center, Houston, TX

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

Jack Aiello, EE, MS, San Jose, CA

Bryce Waldman, Chicago, IL


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, NMDP/Be The Match:
​Jeffery Auletta, MD*
Chief Statistical Director, CIBMTR MCW:
Mei-Jie Zhang, PhD*
Executive Director, CIBMTR MCW:
Patricia Steinert, PhD, MBA*
Vice President, Patient Outcomes and Experience, NMDP/Be The Match:
Mary Hengen, MBA*
Senior Scientific Director, SCTOD, CIBMTR MCW:
J. Douglas Rizzo, MD, MS*
​Vice President of Research, CIBMTR NMDP:
​Steve Spellman, MBS*
Senior Scientific Director, CIDR, CIBMTR MCW:
Marcelo Pasquini, MD, MS*
Chief Medical Officer, NMDP/Be The Match; Associate 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:
​Stella Davies, MBBS, PhD
​Nominating Committee Chair:
​Michael Verneris, MD

Last Updated: 7/12/2021 4:11 PM