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Program Director

Mitchell S. Cairo, MD

Associate Director

Jessica Hochberg, MD

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Blood and Marrow Transplant

Blood and Marrow Transplant

Our Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Program performs both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants. Our highly skilled, multidisciplinary team is dedicated to the therapeutic use of bone marrow, peripheral blood, cord blood and cellular therapy in the treatment of malignant, non-malignant, and serious blood-related disorders. Providers utilize personalized medicine, treating each patient as an individual. The BMT Program has the ability to provide full intensity, reduced intensity and reduced toxicity chemotherapy as part of the conditioning (aka chemotherapy) regimens prior to transplant.

Types of Bone Marrow Transplants

Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant

For some diseases, the patient’s own stem cells are removed and given back after receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation. This is known as an autologous transplant.

Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant

For other diseases, patients cannot use their own stem cells for a transplant so they must use a donor, either related or unrelated. This is known as an allogenic transplant.

Related Donor Transplant

A related donor transplant utilizes a relative. Siblings are more likely to be a match for transplant, but parents can also be used as donors.

Matched Unrelated Donor Transplant

If you do not have a family member that is a match, an international search for a matched unrelated donor is performed through the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). For more information about finding a donor (or becoming one), visit

Haploidentical Stem Transplants

Haploidentical Stem Cell Transplants (half-matched family donor transplants) are sometimes used to broaden the donor pool and make it easier to find a donor.

Cord Blood Transplants

Some people choose to donate their infant’s umbilical cord blood at the time of birth. This cord blood is frozen and can be used for stem cell transplants.

Diseases We Treat

An asterisk indicates our practice is involved in a clinical trial associated with the disease. View our current clinical trials here.

Malignant Diseases

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia*
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia*
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia*
  • Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia*
  • Multiple Myeloma*
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (Burkitt, Large Cell, Lymphoblastic, Anaplastic)*
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma*
  • Neuroblastoma*
  • Brain Tumors*
  • Wilms Tumor*
  • Sarcomas*
  • Others

Non-Malignant Diseases

  • Bone Marrow Failure syndromes*
  • Hemoglobinopathies*
  • Immunodeficiencies (SCID, Wiskott-Aldrich, Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)*
  • Metabolic*
  • Autoimmune Diseases*
  • Myelofibrosis*
  • Others

Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes

  • Bone Marrow Failure syndromes*
  • Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Congenital Neutropenia (Kostmann syndrome)
  • Diamond Blackfan (Red Cell Aplasia) Anemia
  • Dyskeratosis Congenita
  • Fanconi Anemia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH)
  • Reticular Dysgenesis
  • Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome
  • Thrombocytopenia with Absent Radii (TAR)
  • Others

Rare Genetic and Metabolic Disorders

  • Adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Diseases of IL10 and IL10 Receptor
  • Hurler Syndrome
  • Krabbe Disease
  • Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
  • Niemann Pick Disease
  • Osteopetrosis
  • Others

Unique Features

  • FACT Accredited
  • COG Accredited
  • NMDP Accredited
  • Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Consortium (PBMTC) member
  • Cellular and Tissue Engineering Laboratory “GMP Quality”
  • Cord Blood Diseases & Regenerative Therapy Program
  • Cord Blood Transplantation Program
  • Unrelated Adult Donor Stem Cell Program
  • Haploidentical Stem Cell Program
  • Extracorporeal Photopheresis
  • On-site leukapheresis for peripheral stem cell collection and bone marrow stem cell harvesting
  • T-cell Depletion and Stem Cell Selection Program
  • High-Risk Leukemia Consortium (Lead Institution)
  • Lymphoma Cell Therapy Consortium (Lead Institution)
  • Sickle Cell Transplantation Consortium (Lead Institution)
  • Ten HEPA Filtered and Positive Pressure Inpatient Rooms
  • Personalized and customized blood, marrow and cellular therapies
  • Multidisciplinary Programs
  • Palliative Care Program
  • Developmental Therapeutics Program
  • Long-Term Survivors Program
  • Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program

Research and Education Highlights

  • ACGME Accredited Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation Fellowship Program
  • Student, Resident and other Allied Health Professions elective/selectives
  • Tumor Immunology
  • Transplantation Immunology
  • Adoptive Targeted Cellular Therapy
  • Stem Cell Biology, Regenerative, and Hematopoiesis

Contact Us

Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

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Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is served by Metro North's Harlem line via two stations:

  • White Plains - Bus transfer options available
  • Hawthorne - Taxi service available For train fare and schedule information, call 1-800-METRO-INFO or go to METRO NORTH


There are three bus lines (Westchester Bee Line) you can take to our campus. Please call 914.813.7777 for bus routes and fares.

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The Westchester Medical Center campus includes the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center.

Cairo, Mitchell
Cairo, Mitchell
‌Chief, Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation‌; Director, Childhood and Adolescent Cancer and Blood Diseases Center
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Jordan Milner, MD
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Clinical Director of Hematotherapy
Clinical Director of Non-Malignant Stem Cell Transplantation

Aliza Gardenswartz, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Sickle Cell Program
Hematological Malignancies Program
Cellular Therapy and Stem Cell Transplantation Program

Nurse Coordinators

Meghan Sturhan, RN, MSN, CPNP-AC, CPHON

Isabel Gonzalez, RN, MS, CPNP-PC