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Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program

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The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center /Holtz Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Program is the only academic based, pediatric stem cell transplant program in the region. That means patients have access to a wide range of clinical trials, including cutting-edge research through South Florida’s only early phase pediatric clinical trial program.

Our highly trained and specialized pediatric bone marrow transplant doctors, coordinators, and nurses, we can serve patients facing a wide spectrum of diseases, including:

  • Leukemia and lymphoma
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Brain tumors
  • Solid tumors
  • Bone marrow failure syndromes, such as aplastic anemia
  • Primary immunodeficiencies
  • Storage diseases

In addition, our multilingual staff includes a dedicated team of dietitians, child life specialists, social workers, psychologists, and pharmacists. All of our experts are trained to provide the specialized care pediatric stem cell transplant patients require and deserve.

Awards and Recognition

The Holtz Children's Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program, in affiliation with the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, has been awarded a three-year accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), a national accreditation program. The program at Holtz Children's Hospital is the only continuously FACT- accredited pediatric stem cell transplant program in South Florida. This accreditation opens the door for those children whose insurance companies require them to undergo treatment at FACT accredited institutions.

Thanks to the specialization and advancement of our program, the Holtz Children’s transplant team completed 30 transplant procedures, 25 of which were allogeneic, while five were autologous, in 2014. We have doubled the number of transplants completed in 2013 and almost tripled our 2012 transplantations. The focus of Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program
remains fixed on improving outcomes, a percentage that has continued to improve over the past three years.

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Facilities

Sylvester and Holtz Children’s have developed an integrated program that combines two state-of-the-art facilities: alex’s place, a 3,200 square foot pediatric hematology/oncology outpatient clinic at Sylvester’s Miami location and a brand new, seven-bed, self-contained blood and marrow transplant unit at Holtz Children’s. Prior to transplantation, patients receive care at alex’s place, in a space designed to empower patients and support their families. Then, they head a short distance across the medical campus to Holtz Children’s new unit for stem cell infusion and immediate post-transplant care – all in a family-centered environment.

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alex's Place

Before and after transplants at Holtz Children’s new inpatient unit, pediatric patients receive care including chemotherapy at alex's place. Here, kids and their families can feel safe, comfortable, and empowered during treatment. The colorful, child-friendly environment helps patients and their families find a few moments of fun amid their otherwise challenging journey. The unique facility is attached to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, but has its own look and feel, as well as special features to let kids be kids.

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Physician Team

The pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant team includes world-renowned experts from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Holtz Children’s Hospital.

Transplant Specialists
Julio C. Barredo, MD
Martin Andreansky, MD, PhD
Edward D. Ziga, MD, MPH

Hematology/Oncology Specialists
Fernando F. Corrales Medina, MD
Antonello Podda, MD
Joanna A. Davis, MD

To schedule a consultation with one of our specialists, please contact our nurse coordinator, Silvia Willumsen, at 305-585-7430 or at Silvia.Willumsen@jhsmiami.org

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Ryan's Miracle

Ryan's Miracle

While much more common in adults, myeloid leukemia also occurs in children. In fact, approximately 20% of childhood leukemias are of myeloid origin. Specifically, Ryan was diagnosed with acute myeloblastic leukemia, which by definition grows rapidly and requires immediate treatment. He and his family were lucky to find treatment so close to home at alex’s place and Holtz Children’s. It’s been more than a year since Ryan went into remission, and his family is ready for life to return to normal. 

Alexha's Miracle

Alexha's Miracle

When Alexha Sosa was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, her doctors knew a bone marrow transplant was her best hope. However, this type of treatment was not available in her home country of Honduras. Alexha’s family brought her to Miami where she received a stem cell transplant at Holtz Children’s new blood and marrow transplant unit. She then went on to receive chemotherapy and radiation treatment at alex’s place. Despite a few complications, Alexha is feeling stronger and healthier with each passing day.

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