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Golisano Children's Hospital / Pediatric Hematology/Oncology / Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

  • We are a full-service pediatric bone marrow transplantation center, which can provide matched sibling, unrelated donor, cord blood, and haploidentical donor transplants.
  • We are a designated National Marrow Donor Program Transplant Center.
  • We are a FACT accredited Pediatric and Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program.

The Pediatric and Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program at the University of Rochester performs approximately 150 stem cell transplants per year. In 2015, twenty transplants were for pediatric patients. Our program is a referral center for the 17-county Finger Lakes region and approximately half of our pediatric patients come from children’s hospitals other than Golisano Children's Hospital.

Our full-service program performs both autologous and allogeneic transplants using bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cells, and cord blood. Our cell processing laboratory is equipped to provide cell engineering for patients who need such grafts. We are a designated National Marrow Donor Program Transplant Center, therefore having the ability to also utilize unrelated stem cells and marrow for transplant when necessary.

Our Pediatric Transplant Team

We strive to provide top-level care with outstanding communication and compassion. The pediatric transplant program team includes 3 bone marrow transplant specialists, nurse practitioners, and transplant coordinators. Our transplant service and our specialists provide care for children with cancer and non-malignant conditions.

Pediatric Conditions Requiring Transplant

Inpatient and Outpatient Care

Children are admitted for their transplant on a combined pediatric-adult unit on the 6th floor of the Wilmot Cancer Center. The Ronald McDonald house is available to host out of town families.

Outpatient care is delivered in the Pediatric Ambulatory Center and Pediatric Outpatient Treatment Center. A fully staffed Pediatric Emergency Room is available at all times to provide urgent care for our outpatients. The University of Rochester has all pediatric specialties available for bone marrow transplant patients, including Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU), Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Pulmonology and others. Supportive care services specializing in transplant including social work, nutrition, and others are available.

Clinical Trials

It is critical to have clinical trials available for children undergoing bone marrow transplantation. The pediatric program's aim is to open multi-institutional trials so that patients and families have the opportunity to participate if interested.

The University of Rochester is a member of these national groups:

  • Children’s Oncology Group (COG)
  • Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC)
  • Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC)

The transplant program also participates in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) which allows us to offer our patients participation in multi-institutional clinical trials. For example, the pediatric program has had open clinical trials for hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), and sickle cell anemia.

Contact and Referral Information

For further information on Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation or to refer a patient for a consultation, please contact Jeffrey R. Andolina, M.D., M.S. in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplantation at (585) 275-2981 or