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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, CIDR Executive, and Clinical Trials Advisory Committees
  • Selects Distinguished Service Award recipient for BMT Tandem Meetings


  • 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 appointment by CIBMTR Executive Director


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
Rob Soiffer, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Chair Elect: John Wingard, MD, Shands HealthCare & University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Vice Chairs:
  North America: Marcos de Lima, MD, Seidman Cancer Center-University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  Europe: Katarina Le Blanc, MD, PhD, Karolinska University Hospital, Centre for Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation, Stockholm, Sweden
  Central / South America: Gregorio Jaimovich, MD, Sanatorio Anchorena, Caba, Argentina and Hospital Universitario Fundacion Favaloro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  Asia / Africa / Australia: Biju George, MBBS, MD, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, India
Members at Large:
Edwin Alyea, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Michael Bishop, MD, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
Claudio Brunstein, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Minneapolis, MN
    Heather Landau, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
    Steven Pavletic, MD, MS, NIH-NCI Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch, Bethesda, MD
Bart Scott, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
Non-North America: Mahmoud Aljurf, MD, MPH, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh, Soudi Arabia
Carmem Sales Bonfim, MD, PhD, Hospital de Clinicas - UFPR, Curitiba, Brazil
    Shahrukh Hashmi, MD, MPH, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Steven Marsh, BSc, PhD, ARCS, Anthony Nolan Research Institute, London, England
​Tracey O'Brien, MBA, LLM, MBCHB, BSc, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, Australia
​Anna Sureda, MD, PhD, Institut Catala d'Oncologia-Hospital Duran I Reynals, Barcelona, Spain

Appointed Members
​ASTCT Representative: Navneet Majhail, MD, MS, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
​Bioethicist: Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, Abramson Cancer Center University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
​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

Hilary Hall, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Cambridge, MA


Ex Officio Voting Committee Members
Be the Match / Navy Project Officer:Robert Hartzman, MD
MCW / NCI Project Officer:William Merritt, PhD
MCW / NHLBI Project Officers:

Nancy DiFronzo, PhD
Nahed El Kassar, MD, PhD

MCW / NIAID Project Officer:Linda Griffith, MD, PhD
Nominating Committee Chair (chair will not vote on Nominating Committee tasks):Corey Cutler, MD, MPH


Ex Officio Non-Voting Committee Members
Executive Director: Randy Mills, PhD, Be the Match, Minneapolis, MN
Chief Scientific Director: Mary M. Horowitz, MD, MS, CIBMTR, Milwaukee, WI
Chief Statistical Director: Mei-Jie Zhang, PhD, CIBMTR, Milwaukee, WI
Senior Scientific Director, SCTOD: J. Douglas Rizzo, MD, MS, CIBMTR, Milwaukee, WI
Senior Vice President and Associate Scientific Director, CIBMTR Minneapolis: Steven Devine, MD, CIBMTR, Minneapolis, MN

​Vice President, CIBMTR Minneapolis:

Roberta King, CIBMTR, Minneapolis, MN
Executive Director, CIBMTR Milwaukee: Patricia Steinert, PhD, MBA, CIBMTR, Milwaukee, WI​
Senior Manager, Data and Program Evaluation, Patient Services:
Meggan McCann, MPH, Be the Match, Minneapolis, MN
Senior Research Advisor:
Daniel Weisdorf, MD, CIBMTR, Minneapolis, MN
Be the Match / MCW / HRSA Contracting Officer:
Nawraz Shawir, MBBS
MCW / HRSA Contracting Officers:
Janet Kuramoto-Crawford, PhD, MHS
Marilyn Levi, MD

Last Updated: 8/5/2019 2:21 PM