Donna E. Salzman, MD
Professor, Medical Director of the BMT&CT Program, and Interim Program Director
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Dr. Salzman graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and was affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio before coming to UAB.

She currently serves as the Professor, sits on the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) Board of Directors, and serves as the Director of Education Committee of FACT. She also serves as the Associate Chief of Staff for the University Hospital, in addition to being the Co-Director of the Blood Management Committee.

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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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Antonio Di Stasi, MD
Assistant Professor
 Antonio Di Stasi PIC useDr. 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 Bullion2small Pat Lyons1small Diana Tate4small  
Megan Boullion
RN , BSN
Patricia Lyons
RN, MSN
Diana Tate
RN, BSN
Lydia Deivanayagam  
RN, BSN


Administrative Director
Sandra D. Rudolph, MSN, RN

Patient Services Coordinators

Angela H. Holmes, Patient Coordinator
Lisa Rhodes, Patient Coordinator
Serita Sutton, CPAR  (insurance verification)

Inpatient Nurse Practitioners
Stephen Horn MSN, CRNP
Jessica Logan MSN, CRNP
Natalie E. McRae MSN, CRNP
Amy Nance MSN, CRNP
Binita Parekh MSN, CRNP
Melinda Rodgers MSN, CRNP

Melissa Sentell MSN, CRNP
Aaron Streufert MSN, CRNP

Post-Transplant Coordinators
Sharon Jones RN, BSN
Kaitlin Johnson, RN, MSN - Patient Eduction

Patient Education
Kaitlin Johnson RN, MSN

Social Worker
Nel Williams, MSW, LCSW


Cell Therapy Lab
Antonio Di Stasi, MD, Laboratory Director
Janie Roberson, SCT (ASCP) Senior Director, Laboratory Quality, Cellular Therapy Lab, Anatomic Pathology
Daniel Peavey, MLS (ASCP),  Laboratory Supervisor
Ameenah Bishop,  MLS (ASCP), Quality Coordinator CTL and Apheresis
Cheryl Fitts, MLT (ASCP), Lead
Becca Weekley, MS MLS (ASCP)
Amber McKell, MS MLS (ASCP)
Tinesha Coleman, MS MLS (ASCP)


Research Office
Kimberly Aldridge, RN - Research Nurse
Tiffany D. Hill, RN - Research Nurse

Shiney Isaac
Kentaro Minagawa
Melanie M. Goodson
Yingxue Wang

Information Services (Data) Office
Rivvi Kukkamalla, Lead Data Abstractor
Jenise Smith, Data Abstractor
Jacqueline Ericson, Data Abstractor

Administrative Office
Gloria Owens
Sherron Thornton