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UF Health Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy


1600 SW Archer Road
4th floor
Gainesville, Florida 32608
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Phone Numbers

Appointment (352) 273-9120

Hours of Operation

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UF Health Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy in collaboration with the UF Health Cancer Center is Florida’s longest established transplant program using a multidisciplinary patient care approach for better patient outcomes and satisfaction.

We’re affiliated with the Children’s Oncology Group, NAPAAC, Pediatric Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, and initiated the Florida pediatric bone marrow transplant and cell therapy consortium.

The UF Health Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplantation (BMT) and Cell Therapy Program offers novel treatments to patients with high-risk malignancies, immunological disorders and bone marrow failure syndromes not available anywhere else in this region. Our team is focused on the well-being of the patient and providing a holistic approach that leads to better treatment outcomes.

Our program was the first in Florida to receive accreditation from the Foundation for Accreditation of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (FACT), which assures the children and families in our care to know that we are committed to providing the best care possible at every step.

Our program has successfully performed stem cell transplantation to treat a broad variety of malignant and benign hematologic disorders, including but not limited to:

We’re advancing care through Car-T Cell Therapy, institutional clinical trials, and collaborative trials. We provide cellular graft manipulation techniques to overcome limitations associated with stem cell transplantation. We have dedicated researchers working to advance the field of cellular therapy and provide precision medicine in the future.

First in Florida

  • 2017: Competitively selected as a core consortium of the NHLBI/NCI-funded Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, one of only 12 centers selected in all 4 funding cycles
  • 2013: One of only five FDA-licensed public cord blood banks nationwide
  • 2012: Designated a Center of Excellence by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, and as a referral center for the International Myeloma Foundation
  • 2008: Florida’s first haploidentical, or “half-match,” transplantation
  • 2000: Florida’s first accredited blood and marrow transplantation program
  • 1997: Florida’s first “mini” bone marrow transplantation for lymphoma
  • 1996: Florida’s first adult umbilical cord blood transplantation for leukemia
  • 1995: Florida’s first pediatric umbilical cord blood transplantation for leukemia
  • 1995: Nation’s third and the Southeast’s first umbilical cord blood bank
  • 1983: Florida’s first pediatric bone marrow transplantation

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“The first time I was diagnosed with leukemia, my brother and sister were there with me throughout my treatment. I knew my family and friends were with me.”

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Our experts

  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)
  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)
    Biljana Horn
  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)
    John A Fort
  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)
    Languages: Spanish
    Paul Castillo Caro
  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)
    John A Ligon
  • Hematology and Oncology Specialist
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Cancer - Nurse Practitioner
  • Care Coordinator
  • Elias Sayour, MD, PhD
    Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)
  • Neuro-Oncologist (Brain Cancer Specialist)
    Duane A Mitchell
  • Jianping Huang
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  • Cancer Specialist (Oncologist), Hematology and Oncology Specialist
    Languages: Arabic
    Zeina A Al-Mansour
  • Cancer Specialist (Oncologist), Hematology and Oncology Specialist
    Erin Dean
  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)
    Joanne Lagmay
  • Merry J Markham, MD, FACP FASCO
    Cancer Specialist (Oncologist), Hematologist (Blood Disease Specialist), Hematology and Oncology Specialist
  • Radiation Oncologist
    Nancy P Mendenhall
  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)
    William Slayton
  • Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist (Child Cancer Specialist)
    Tung T Wynn

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Meeting your health care needs

  • Medical Imaging Services

    UF Health offers day-of, on-site imaging services in a qualified medical center.

  • Med to Bed

    Meds to beds is a bedside free service designed with your convenience in mind. Our meds to beds program allows a pharmacist to deliver your medications to you prior to your discharge from the hospital.

  • Outpatient Lab Services

    Full-service, on-site lab services and testing for your convenience.

  • Patient Blood Management

    Safe, effective medical and surgical techniques designed to prevent anemia and decrease bleeding during a procedure.

  • Pharmacies

    Accepts most prescription plans; competitive prices; on-site.

  • UF Health Midwifery Group

    Exceptional, individualized, compassionate and evidence-based midwifery care.

For your convenience and peace of mind

  • Accessibility

    Aids and services are available to help people with disabilities communicate effectively.

  • ATM and Banking

    Many of UF Health's properties have various branch ATMs and/or branch offices.

  • Baby-Changing Station

    Baby-changing stations are available in many of UF Health's restrooms.

  • Caremail (Email Service)

    Friends and family can send messages to any UF Health patient through the CareMail service.

  • Coffee

    Options include Opus Coffee and Starbucks in the hospital atriums.

  • Free Wifi

    Patients and guests get free wireless internet access at UF Health hospitals.

  • Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

    The Garden of Hope, Sun Terrace, and other spaces help patients and families relax.

  • Gender-Neutral Restroom

    Gender-neutral, public restrooms are located throughout UF Health's properties.

  • Gift Shops

    The Gift Stops offer a wide variety of gifts and products for patients and families.

  • Interpreters / Hearing Impaired

    UF Health provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English.

  • Medical Records

    You can download a form or call (352) 594-0909 to have medical records mailed or faxed.

  • Notary Public

    Notary services are available to patients and visitors Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Smoke-Free

    Smoking, chewing tobacco, or using electronic cigarettes is prohibited on UF Health properties.

  • Social Services

    Social workers are part of the patient's care team and work with medical staff and nurses.

  • Virtual Care

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth care via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

  • Virtual Visitation

    In some cases, UF Health offers telehealth visits via a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.