Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program

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Welcome to the Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program at John Theurer Cancer Center. We recognize that the prospect of undergoing a transplant may be daunting,  and we intend to make you and your loved ones as comfortable as possible during every step of treatment and aftercare.

The Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program at John Theurer Cancer Center is one of the 10 largest in the United States, with more than 300 transplants performed each year. The program's medical team delivers the latest and most advanced care, conducts international clinical research trials, and innovates cutting-edge treatment approaches. Our stem cell transplantation team has trained and practiced at many of the leading transplantation centers in the nation including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and Temple University Medical Center, The University of Pennsylvania, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, all in Philadelphia. From an autologous to an allogeneic bone marrow transplant procedure, the John Theurer Cancer Center provides the highest quality care for all of our patients.

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The Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Division Team

Division Chief

At John Theurer Cancer Center, hematologist/oncologist Scott Rowley, M.D., leads New Jersey's only Stem Cell Transplantation Program that is approved by the National Marrow Donor Program to perform all types of transplants: autologous (using the patient's own stem cells), allogeneic (using a donor's stem cells), and umbilical cord (using stem cells collected from umbilical cords).

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Medical Director, Blood & Marrow Collection Facility

Michele L. Donato, M.D., has been a clinician and researcher in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation for the past 15 years. She completed her fellowship in medical oncology at the renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas, the largest blood and marrow transplantation program in the world. While there Dr. Donato was the transplantation inpatient service chief and the medical director of the collection facility until 2005.

She then brought her expertise in stem cell transplantation and photopheresis (the use of ultraviolet light to engineer disease-fighting T cells to fight autoimmune disorders, including graft-versus-host disease) to John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Donato is continuing her research in photopheresis and stem cell transplantation to treat ovarian cancer, leukemia and other cancers at John Theurer Cancer Center. Read full bio.


When Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.P.E., joined John Theurer Cancer Center, he elevated cancer care to the department level and reorganized cancer services into 14 separate divisions. His accomplishments include the aggressive recruitment of leading oncologists from all over the United States, the addition of innovative basic research and clinical trials, the expansion of patient care services, and the acquisition of new state-of-the-art technologies that have helped make John Theurer Cancer Center one of that nation's top 50 best cancer centers - the only one in New Jersey with this designation. Read full bio.


Nationally recognized multiple myeloma expert David Vesole, M.D., Ph.D. joined John Theurer Cancer Center as Co-Division Chief and Director of Research for the Multiple Myeloma Division in September 2009. He brings more than 25 years of experience in stem cell transplant therapy for the treatment of multiple myeloma.

Dr. Vesole previously served as director of the bone marrow transplant program at Loyola University Chicago - Stritch School of Medicine. Before joining Loyola, Dr. Vesole served as an attending physician at St. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center in New York. Before that, he was a professor of medicine and clinical director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Read full bio.

Nurse Practitioner
Phyllis McKiernan
Melissa Baker
Pam Sutherland
Brenda Diaz

Advanced Practice Nurse/Clinician
Maria Cortes
Monica Williams


  • Charter member of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Member of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR)
  • Member of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB)
  • Fully accredited with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)
  • Accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)