Stem Cell Transplant Program
We understand the hopes and fears families face when deciding on a stem cell transplant for their child. Blood or bone marrow transplants offer the hope of a cure for life-threatening diseases. They can also be a long and emotional process. Our promise is to be with you from initial consultation to long-term follow-up.
Our program coordinator guides families along each step of the transplant process. We coordinate appointments and family support, listen to your concerns and answer your questions. Contact us at (615) 936-6989.
Stem cell transplant team
Because stem cell transplant patients have complex medical needs, your team includes three doctors focused exclusively on stem cell transplants in children and young adults. Our physicians have particular expertise in the areas of malignant and non-malignant indications for transplant, as well as several important post-transplant complications such as graft-versus-host disease.
Our team can perform both autologous (using a patient’s own stem cells) and allogeneic (using someone else’s stem cells) transplants. Drs. Kitko, Ho, and Connelly have been performing allogeneic transplants for the past nine years. They have helped care for more than 400 allogeneic transplant patients, including many with immunodeficiencies. We offer families the chance to participate in research trials with the goal of improving transplant outcomes.
We improve your child’s care by involving our colleagues in other areas of pediatric care, including pediatric hematology and oncology sub-specialists, pediatric infectious disease, pediatric radiology, pediatric nephrology experts, and many others at Children's Hospital and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy has accredited our program since 2001 for high-quality patient care and laboratory performance.
Helping families along the way
Becky Manes, our program coordinator, has more than 30 years of nursing experience. She is your point of contact, particularly as you prepare for the transplant process. Our transplant team is committed to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of our patients. We never forget that families are part of our team, along with:
- Child Life specialists
- Financial counseling
- Family Resource Center and hospital school program
- Pastoral care
During your inpatient stay
The outstanding support you received in the pre-transplant process does not stop when your child is admitted for their transplant procedure. Sarah Neumann, our inpatient nurse coordinator, will be there every step of the way. You will continue to have access to the same services you may have needed prior to your transplant admission. During our routine care on the inpatient floor, our team of specialized providers includes
- Nurse practitioners
- Physical and Occupational Therapy
- Music Therapy
Working with referring providers
Communication between our team and referring physicians is critical to long-term patient success. We offer next-day evaluations for urgent referrals. We are in regular communication with your pediatrician throughout the transplant process—before, during and after—to keep them informed of your child’s progress.
Our team is working on innovative research that translates directly to better clinical care. Learn more about our stem cell transplant program’s research efforts.
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