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Voting Members

Manish Gandhi, MD (Chairperson, in the appointment process)
Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Consultant, Division of Transfusion Medicine
Director, Tissue Typing Laboratory
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN  55905
Term End Date:  10/31/2020

Staci Arnold, MD
Assistant Professor
Emory University
Atlanta, GA  30324 
Term End Date:  1/1/2021

Michael Bishop, MD, FACP
Director, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Program
Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL  60637
Term End Date:  1/1/2021

Arthur W. Bracey, MD
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Department of Pathology
Houston, TX  77030
Term End Date:  1/1/2021

Colleen Delaney, MD, MSc.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
University of Washington 
Associate Member, Clinical Research Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, WA  98109
Term End Date:  10/31/2020

Sergio Giralt, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
Chief, Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Service
Chief, ad interim, Myeloma Service
Division of Hematologic Oncology, Department of Medicine
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY  10065
Term End Date:  10/31/2020

Mary Laughlin, MD
Medical Director
Cleveland Cord Blood Center
Cleveland, OH  44128
Term End Date:  10/31/2020

Amanda Salazar
Haledon, NJ  07508
Term End Date:  1/1/2023

Non-Voting Members (Ex Officio Members)

Frank Holloman
Acting Division Director
Division of Transplantation
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD  20857

Nancy L. DiFronzo, Ph.D.
Program Director
Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapeutics Branch
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD  20892

Robert Hartzman, MD, Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
C.W. Bill Young Marrow Donor Recruitment and Research Program
Department of Defense Marrow Donor Recruitment and Research Program, Bone Marrow Research Directorate, Naval Medical Research Center
U.S. Department of the Navy
Rockville, MD  20852

Sridhar Basavaraju, M.D.
Director-Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Atlanta, GA  30333

Scott A. Brubaker
Director, Division of Human Tissues
Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
Food and Drug Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
White Oak, MD  20993

Executive Secretary

Robert Walsh
Senior Advisor
Division of Transplantation
Heath Resources and Services Administration

General Counsel Staff

Rina Hakimian, JD, MPH
Senior Attorney
Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mark McGinnis, JD
Senior Attorney
Office of the General Counsel
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Membership Structure

The Council membership includes:

  • representatives of marrow donor centers and marrow transplant centers;
  • representatives of cord blood banks and participating birthing hospitals;
  • recipients of a bone marrow transplant;
  • recipients of a cord blood transplant;
  • persons who require such transplants;
  • family members of such a recipient or family members of a patient who has requested the assistance of the Program in searching for an unrelated donor of bone marrow or cord blood;
  • persons with expertise in bone marrow and cord blood transplantation;
  • persons with expertise in typing, matching, and transplant outcome data analysis;
  • persons with expertise in the social sciences;
  • basic scientists with expertise in the biology of adult stem cells;
  • ethicists, hematology and transfusion medicine researchers with expertise in adult blood stem cells;
  • persons with expertise in cord blood processing; and
  • members of the general public.