Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Program

The Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Program at City of Hope is part of one of the country's largest and most successful transplant centers.

Our pediatric physicians are board-certified experts in pediatric hematology/oncology, bringing a wealth of knowledge and compassion to patient care. The program is led by researchers renowned for their efforts in providing cures to children, adolescents and young adults with a wide spectrum of pediatric cancers and blood diseases, including:

  • Leukemias, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia and chronic myelogenous leukemia
  • Lymphomas – Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma    
  • Ewing’s sarcoma      
  • Bone marrow failure, aplastic anemia and PNH (paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria)
  • Diamond blackfan anemia
  • Dyskeratosis congenita
  • Fanconi’s anemia
  • Germ cell tumors    
  • Neuroblastoma       
  • Sickle cell/thalassemia

Bone marrow transplants are performed when a patient’s bone marrow, which makes the cells in the blood, either is not working properly or has been destroyed by chemotherapy or radiation. We frequently perform allogeneic transplants, in which a patient’s bone marrow is replaced with stem cells from a healthy donor such as a sibling, unrelated volunteer, the umbilical cord blood or a half-matched related donor. We also perform autologous transplants, which use the patient’s own stem cells.

The pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant program at City of Hope provides comprehensive, family-centered treatment for our patients up to the age of 30. Our caring medical team will devise the best treatment plan for your child. We understand every patient is unique and aim to support the patient, siblings and parents in the most personalized manner possible. As a patient at City of Hope, you and your child have access to:

State-of-the-art research performed on our campus in close collaboration between researchers and the medical team, providing access to innovative studies.

We participate in the Children’s Oncology Group, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium, and Blood and Marrow Clinical Trials Network research protocols, as well as Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research and National Marrow Donor Program. These collaborations continue to advance our progress through research and innovation. We are also Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy accredited and benefit from the long-standing, world renowned supportive programs here at City of Hope, including our expert matched unrelated donor search team and stem cell processing center.

For more information on our pediatric cancer research, including ongoing clinical trials, visit City of Hope’s Clinical Trials Online website. 

Pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation care team

Anna Pawlowska, M.D., Director

Saro Armenian, D.O., M.P.H.

Nicole Karras, M.D.

Joseph Rosenthal, M.D.

Weili Sun, M.D., Ph.D.

Leo Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Alison Bell, C.P.N.P.

Lisa Gutierrez, P.N.P.

Debbie Briseno-Toomey, B.S.N., P.N.P.

Debbie Hitt, R.N.

Cheryl Cervantes, R.N.

Jackie Valdez, R.N.