Meet the Team

Shin Mineishi, MD
Professor & Director
Shin_Mineishi_05Dr. Mineishi is known internationally for his work in bone marrow transplantation, particularly in regards to aggressive AML.  He has focused on graft versus host disease, complications after stem cell transplantation, reduced intensity stem cell transplantation, and HLA-mismatch stem cell transplantation.

His work has been published in journals such as JAMA, Blood, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, and the British Journal of Haematology. He has presented his work at numerous Bone Marrow Transplantation and Hematology meetings throughout the world.

Dr. Mineishi received his MD degree from the University of Tokyo in Japan, and has been affiliated with St. Luke International Hospital in Tokyo, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the University of Wisconsin, the National Cancer Center Hospital in Tokyo, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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Donna E. Salzman, MD
Associate Professor and Director of Education & Clinical Services
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Dr. Salzman graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and has been affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio before coming to UAB.

She currently serves as the Associate Professor and Director of Education and Clinical Services of the Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cell Therapy Program at UAB.  She also serves as the Associate Chief of Staff and Associate Quality Manager for Blood Management for the University Hospital, in addition to being the Co-Director of the Blood Management Committee and an Inspector of Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

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Racquel D. Innis-Shelton, MD
Assistant Professor, Medical Lab Director, and Medical Director of the UAB Myeloma Clinic
drsheltoncrop150Dr. Innis-Shelton’s focus is on health disparities and translational clinical trial development.  She is interested in translational research and has partnered with the minority health consortium at UAB.

Dr. Innis-Shelton received her MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and has been affiliated with Atlanta Medical Center, Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California, the Cancer Center of Guam in Tamuning, and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville before being appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Bone Marrow Transplantation & Cell Therapy at UAB.

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Lawrence S. Lamb, PhD

Professor and Director of Cell Therapy Laboratory
Lamb_-_Oct_2012_-_bDr. Lamb received his PhD from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and completed fellowships in Molecular Genetics and Transplantation Immunology at the University of South Carolina and Richland Memorial Hospital.  He has been previously affiliated with the South Carolina Cancer Center.  His primary research interest is cell-based immunotherapy of cancer.

He is currently a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology and the Director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory for the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program at UAB’s School of Medicine.  He has academic appointments in the Department of Pathology and Pediatrics, as a Senior Scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Ayman Saad, MD
Associate Professor
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Dr. Saad received his MD degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.  He has been affiliated with Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Maryland General Hospital at the University of Maryland Medical System, West Virginia University, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, before joining UAB.

His research focuses on hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for different hematological diseases and utilizing graft manipulation to improve the outcome of transplant. He has authored several articles and book chapters.

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Antonio Di Stasi, MD
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Di Stasi is originally from Italy, where he graduated from medical school at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Modena. He has been affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, both in Houston, Texas.

His research areas of interest include immunotherapy, graft v. host disease prevention and treatment, myelodisplastic syndromes, and acute myeloid leukemia. His work has been published in high-impact journals such as Blood, and The New England Journal of Medicine. He has also authored four book chapters, and has lectured in the US and Europe.

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Luciano Costa, MD
Associate Professor
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Dr. Costa is originally from Brazil where he graduated from medical school in 1998 and subsequently completed a PhD studying cell signaling in cancer, both at Universidade de Sao Paulo. He trained in Internal Medicine and Hematology prior to moving to the U.S. in 2003 to pursue fellowship in Hematology and Oncology (University of Colorado) and Blood and Marrow Transplantation (Mayo Clinic, Rochester) and ultimately a career as clinical investigator.

Prior to joining UAB, he held an appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Research for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the Medical University of South Carolina from 2008 to 2014. His prior clinical research includes transplant and non-transplant management of lymphoproliferative and plasma cell disorders.   He has also been deeply engaged in strategies for optimization of hematopoietic progenitor cells mobilization and in population outcomes of blood cancers.

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Transplant Staff

Pre-Transplant Coordinators
Megan Bullion5 Pat Lyons6 Diana Tate6 Amy Flynn2
Megan Boullion
RN , BSN
Patricia Lyons
RN, MSN
Diana Tate
RN, BSN
Amy Flynn
RN, BSN


Patient Services Coordinators

Jona Duncan
Stephanie Schilling

Inpatient Nurse Practitioners

Mary Beth England MSN, CRNP
Amy Nance MSN, CRNP
Binita Parekh MSN, CRNP
Melissa Sentell MSN, CRNP
Aaron Streufert MSN, CRNP

Post-Transplant Coordinators

Melinda Rodgers MSN, CRNP
Lydia Deivanayagam RN, BSN
Sharon Jones RN, BSN

Cell Therapy Lab

R. “Tommy” Hayes, Laboratory Manager
Joscelyn Bowersock, Laboratory Quality Specialist
Jay Holliday, Medical Technologist
Denise Carter, Medical Laboratory Technician
Cheryl Fitts, Medical Laboratory Technician
Ayesha Patterson, Medical Laboratory Technician
Leisa Whitlow, Medical Laboratory Technician
Mary Patton, Consultant

Research Office

Lisa D. Williams, RN – Nurse Research Manager

Information Services (Data) Office

Melissa Gazi, Program Manager
Francesca Roscoe, Clinical Trials Specialist

Information Systems/Technology

Daniel Gardner, IT Administrator & Research Data Manager

Administrative Office

Janice Smith, Business Officer
Tamesha King, Administrative Associate
Wendy Griffin, Office Associate II