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Leadership

CIBMTR leadership is provided by transplant physicians, many with statistical training, as well as other national and international experts in transplant research and biostatistics.

Who We Are

Senior Leadership

The Senior Leaders of CIBMTR work with the scientific, advisory, executive, and oversight committees to provide vision and leadership for CIBMTR’s programs and activities.

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M​ary Horowitz, MD, MS

  • Chief Scientific Director
  • Principal Investigator for the Data and Coordinating Center of the BMT CTN
  • Research Director for the SCTOD
  • Robert A. Uihlein Professor of Hematologic Research at MCW
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Steven Devine, MD

  • Associate Scientific Director
  • Chief Medical Officer, NMDP/Be The Match 
  • Co-Scientific Director of the RCI BMT

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Mary Eapen, MBBS, MS

  • Senior Scientific Director of Research Operations
  • Scientific Director for the Graft Sources and Manipulation; Pediatric Cancer; and Non-Malignant Diseases Working Committees
  • Protocol Officer for several BMT CTN trials
  • Professor of Medicine at MCW

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Kathryn E. Flynn, PhD

  • Senior Scientific Director of Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Professor of Medicine at MCW

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Mary Hengen, MBA

  • Interim Senior Vice President, Patient Outcomes and Experience, NMDP/Be The Match


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Martin Maiers, MS

  • Vice President, Innovation
  • Staff liaison to the Immunobiology Steering Committee
  • Co-Chair of Informatics: International Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Workshop
  • Member of World Health Organization HLA Nomenclature Committee

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Marcelo Pasquini, MD, MS

  • Cellular Therapy Registry Director and Principal Investigator of the CIDR
  • Scientific Director for the Cellular Immunotherapy for Cancer Working Committee
  • Protocol Officer and Director of Medical Monitors for the BMT CTN
  • CIBMTR representative to the WBMT
  • Professor of Medicine at MCW
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J. Douglas Rizzo, MD, MS

  • Senior Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of the SCTOD
  • Professor of Medicine at MCW
  • Associate Director of Clinical Operations for the Froedtert and MCW Cancer Center

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Bronwen Shaw MD, PhD

  • Associate Chief Scientific Director and Associate Center Director
  • Senior Scientific Director of Data Operations
  • Scientific Director for the Donor Health and Safety Working Committee
  • Co-Scientific Director for the RCI BMT
  • Professor of Medicine at MCW
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Stephen Spellman, MBS

  • Vice President, Be The Match Research
  • Co-Scientific Director for the GVHD and Immunobiology Working Committees
  • Principal Investigator for the Research Repository
  • Program Manager for the NMDP/Be The Match Office of Naval Research Grant
  • Graduate faculty in the University of Minnesota Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program

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Patricia Steinert, PhD, MBA

  • Executive Director for CIBMTR Milwaukee
  • Oversight of CIBMTR operational and administrative teams including statistical operations, data operations, IT, business operations, corporate office, and finance / administration

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Mei-Jie Zhang, PhD

  • Chief Statistical Director
  • Biostatistician for the Acute Leukemia Working Committee and Graft Sources and Manipulation Working Committee
  • Professor of Biostatistics at MCW

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Scientific Directors

Scientific Directors lead the 15 CIBMTR Working Committees to ensure that each is meeting the needs and addressing the priorities of the scientific and medical communities that CIBMTR serves.

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Mukta Arora, MD, MBBS, MS

  • Co-Scientific Director of the Graft-versus-Host Disease Working Committee
  • Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota

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Yung-Tsi Bolon, PhD

  • Director, Be The Match Immunobiology & Bioinformatics Research
  • Immunobiology Working Committee assistant Scientific Director
  • Graduate faculty for the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program at the University of Minnesota

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Larisa Broglie, MD, MS

  • Pediatric Cancer Working Committee assistant Scientific Director
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology / Oncology / BMT at Children's Wisconsin
  • Clinical Director of the BMT and Cellular Therapy Immune Deficiency and Dysregulation Team, Children's Wisconsin

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Saurabh Chhabra, MD, MS

  • Scientific Director for the Regimen-Related Toxicity and Supportive Care Working Committee
  • Associate Professor of Medicine at MCW

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Anita D’Souza, MD

  • Scientific Director for the Plasma Cell Disorders and Adult Solid Tumors Working Committee
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine at MCW
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​Mehdi Hamadani, MD

  • Scientific Director for the Lymphoma Working Committee
  • Director of Adult Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at MCW
  • Professor of Internal Medicine at MCW


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​Stephanie J. Lee, MD, MPH

  • Senior Scientific Director of Immunobiology Research
  • Co-Scientific Director for the Immunobiology Working Committee
  • Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington
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​Rachel Phelan, MD, MPH

  • Scientific Director for the Late Effects and Quality of Life Working Committee
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology / Oncology / BMT at MCW
  • Director of the Next Steps Survivorship Program at Children's Wisconsin


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Marcie Riches, MD, MS

  • Scientific Director for the Infection and Immune Reconstitution Working Committee
  • Protocol Officer and Medical Monitor for several BMT CTN trials 
  • Clinical Associate Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Clinical Medical Director of the BMT Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Clinical Associate Professor Director of Clinical Research and Data Quality, BMT at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Wael Saber, MD, MS

  • Scientific Director for the Chronic Leukemia Working Committee and Health Services and International Studies Working Committee
  • Acute Leukemia Working Committee assistant Scientific Director
  • Associate Professor of Medicine at MCW
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​Daniel Weisdorf, MD

  • Senior Research Advisor for the CIBMTR
  • Scientific Director for the Acute Leukemia Working Committee
  • President of the WBMT
  • Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota
  • Program Co-Leader of Transplant Biology and Therapy at the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota
  • Deputy Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Minnesota

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Statistical Directors

Statistical Directors provide high-level biostatistical support for CIBMTR studies, both observational research and clinical research trials, including special statistical methodologies for the unique challenges of transplantation analysis.

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​Kwang Woo Ahn, PhD

  • Statistical Director for the Chronic Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Pediatric Cancer Working Committees
  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics at MCW
  • Graduate Program Director at MCW
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Ruta Brazauskas, PhD

  • Statistical Director for the Cellular Immunotherapy for Cancer, Health Services and International Studies, and Late Effects and Quality of Life Working Committees
  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics at MCW
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Raphael Fraser, PhD

  • Statistical Director for the Plasma Cell Disorders Working Committees and the BMT CTN
  • Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at MCW
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Soyoung Kim, PhD

  • Statistical Director for the Chronic Leukemia, Infection and Immune Reconstitution, and Non-Malignant Diseases Working Committees
  • Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at MCW
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Brent Logan, PhD

  • Statistical Director for the Donor Health and Safety Working Committee and the Regimen-Related Toxicity and Supportive Care Working Committee
  • Lead Statistician for the BMT CTN and Statistical Consultant to the NMDP/Be The Match
  • Professor of Biostatistics at MCW
  • Director of the Division of Biostatistics at MCW
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Tao Wang, PhD

  • Statistical Director for the Graft-versus-Host Disease Working Committee and Immunobiology Working Committees
  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics at MCW

 

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Other Leadership Staff

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​Erik Bergman, MBA, MS

  • Director of IT for CIBMTR Milwaukee
  • Oversees management of the Research Database, including extraction of data from source systems as well as their transformation and loading to the database
  • Responsible for data retrievals from the Research Database as well as key solutions for sharing data with stakeholders

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​Janet Brunner-Grady, PA-C

  • Program Director of Data Operations (MKE)
  • Manages the clinical research coordinators, develops training programs and monitors center CPI
  • Assists clinical research coordinators on both campuses with clinical transplant-related questions
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Deb Christianson

  • Director, Data Operations (MSP)
  • Provide oversight to electronic data capture and data transmission applications, development and revision of case report forms, data auditing/quality, center support activities, and training programs
  • Oversees data management responsibilities for the HRSA contract for the SCTOD

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​Sharniece Covill

  • Director of Business Operations for CIBMTR Milwaukee
  • Oversees the deliverables and milestones associated with the full portfolio of CIBMTR products

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​Sherry Fisher

  • Director of Advancement for CIBMTR Milwaukee
  • Manages the advancement activities to generate continued non-federal financial support
  • Oversees meetings and communications activities, including the annual TCT Meetings
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Erin Leckrone, MBA

  • Sr. Director, Be The Match Clinical Trials
  • Manages the activities of the RCI BMT, including the Survey Research Group
  • Oversees the administration of the Clinical Trials Advisory Committee
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Meggan McCann, MPH

  • Director, Strategic Programs, NMDP/Be The Match
  • Director, Office of Patient Advocacy HRSA contract
  • Oversees NMDP IRB as IRB Administrator
  • Oversees data, analytics, biostatistics, health services research, and translational marketing teams in support of NMDP Patient Outcomes and Experience operations and the CIBMTR

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Waleska S. Pérez, MPH

  • Program Director of Statistical Operations and Clinical Outcomes Research
  • Oversees Master’s-level statisticians
  • Provides administrative oversight of the Clinical Outcomes Research Program
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​Matt Prestegaard

  • Sr. Director, Enterprise Architecture and Research Technology for NMDP/Be The Match
  • Director of IT for CIBMTR Minneapolis
  • Develops IT systems in the areas of searching and matching, case management, international communications, and research
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Guillermo Vazquez-Toro, PhD

  • Director of the Corporate Office for CIBMTR Milwaukee
  • Directs acquisition of corporate opportunities 
  • Provides oversight of the Corporate Project portfolio


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Last Updated: 11/11/2020 3:24 PM
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