Blood and Marrow Transplant and Hematological Cancer

Blood and Marrow Transplant and Hematological Team

Welcome to the Division of Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation. Our division at the University of Louisville has its long and proud history and tradition. It was the first bone marrow transplantation program in the commonwealth of Kentucky that was established by Dr. Roger Herzig in 1986, which is also one of the very first such programs in the nation and surrounding states. Including our pediatric BMT colleagues at the University of Louisville, our program has received excellent accreditation record from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and the pediatric bone marrow transplantation program is the only FACT-accreditation pediatric program in the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.

We are very proud of the outstanding compassionate care to our patients along with conducting state-of-the-art translational science on stem cell biology, cellular immunology, and transplantation biology. We offer the latest hematopoietic stem cell transplantation approaches by using related, unrelated and umbilical cord stem cell sources for our leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma patients. Our renowned translational research scientists in our division also conduct a score of cutting-edge researches under the NIH and foundation support that promote and speed-up our bench research discoveries to benefit our patient care. In collaboration with our national and international colleagues, we can offer a wide variety of blood cancer, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation clinical trials, and translational research programs in our division. Our clinical faculty members are supported by an outstanding group of nurses, social workers, medical assistants, pharmacologists, psychologists, physiatrists, and hematopoietic stem cell processing personnel who are part of the KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in Kentucky.


Nurse Practitioners

Ajkay, Jennifer
Culbertson, Katherine
Gackenbach, Brian

BMT Stem Cell Processing Facility/Laboratory (BMT-SCPFL)

The University of Louisville BMT-SCPFL Staff are a dedicated team of highly trained and specialized Stem cell scientist and medical technologists. Their duties include stem cell apheresis collections and processing of cellular therapy products for autologous, allogeneic, cord blood, and matched/mismatched related/unrelated transplants. BMT-SCPFL Staff have more than 50 years of combined experience in hematopoietic stem cell processing and they work together to provide support to the BMT Program. The BMT-SCPFL Staff are passionate about their work and how they help in the care and treatment of our patients.

Vincent LaRussa, PhD is the BMT-SCPFL’s Scientific Director and has more than 20 years of experience in the field of stem cell therapy. Dr. LaRussa provides technical expertise and helps develop, guide and support the operation of the BMT-SCPFL.

William Tse, MD, FACP also serves as the Medical Director of the BMT-SCPFL

The BMT-SCPFL was established in 1988 and initiated apheresis collections in 1998. The laboratory is designated as an NMDP Apheresis Collection Center and is registered with the FDA and accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) since 1998.

BMT-SCPFL Faculty and Staff:

Cathey, Mark, BS, CLS (ASCP)
Fields, Helen, BS, MT (ASCP)
Heye, Mary, BS, MT (ASCP)
LaRussa, Vincent, Ph.D., Scientific Director
Nett, Allison, BA, Technical Coordinator
Tse, William, MD, FACP, Medical Director


Quality Management

Steinmetz, Joetta, MT(ASCP), Quality Management Supervisor-Data Analyst


BMT Clinic Nursing Staff

Adams, Dawn, Infusion Nurse Clinician
Davisdon, Pat, Unit Secretary
Dehart, LeAnn, Infusion Nurse Clinician
Dinh, Ha, Infusion Nurse Clinician
Lee, Tara, Infusion Nurse Clinician
Meier, Kari, Infusion Nurse Clinician
Miller, Vallejo, Nurse Clinician
Rolen, Kimberly, Nurse Clinician
Speed, Veronica, Director of Outpatient MedOnc/BMT
Wallace, Carol, Infusion Nurse Clinician, Clinical Manager
Wilson, Karen, Nurse Clinician
Vincent, Becky, Nurse Clinician

BMT Administration

Beyerle, Christina, Case Facilitator
Bowles, Nancy, Vice President, Brown Cancer Center Operations
Cole, Tracie, Department Support
McDermott, Bunny, Administrative Assistant
Stayton, Angela, Case Facilitator


Clinical Trials

Below is a list of all Bone Marrow Transplant and Hematological clinical trials open to enrollment at the Brown Cancer Center