Marrow Harvest Master Class Presented by the Marrow Collection Program Alliance of the NMDP

June 9, 2022


Successful cellular therapy outcomes crucially depend on the quality of the marrow harvest product. In this Marrow Harvest Master Class, we will discuss essential elements of the cellular therapy product collection procedure and speak to marrow harvest experts to learn their best practices. Breakout sessions hosted by members of the Marrow Alliance will be available for attendees to ask questions or get more detailed information about topics covered in the program. Participants will walk away with the tools they need to ensure that every bone marrow harvest is as successful as it can be.  


The Marrow Collection Program Alliance represents an opportunity to work closely with high-performing marrow collection centers dedicated to the collection of high-quality products for patients and transplant centers. Partners will share data, develop best practices, and further develop marrow harvesting techniques for all marrow collection centers. This will be highly collaborative work that includes the development of educational materials, training tools, and resources for all marrow collection centers to use to improve their processes. Our end goal is to increase the number of products collected that meet the threshold for high quality based on patient weight, all while providing an excellent experience for donors. 


Keywords: Marrow Harvest, Cellular Therapy, National Marrow Donor Program

Target Audience

  • Marrow Harvesting Providers 
  • Cellular Therapy Lab Technicians
  • Transplant and Collection Center Staff

Learning Objectives

Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to: 

  • Equip experienced and new marrow harvest clinicians with best practices in collecting high-quality marrow harvest products. 
  • Identify potential complications that bone marrow harvesters face and how to approach them in real time. Small group sessions and Q&A with experts will help clarify.
  • Implement the best pre- and post-operative procedures to mitigate donor adverse events and product contamination. 
Additional information


Catie Nations
Phone Number: 
+1 (612) 875-8643
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 2.25 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/09/2022 - 1:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
06/09/2022 - 3:30pm CDT

June 9, 2022 
1:00-3:30 p.m. CT 



1:00-2:00 p.m. CT 
General Session 

2:00-2:15 p.m. CT 

2:15-2:45 p.m. CT 
Breakout Sessions 
2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CT 
Closing Session 



The General Session will be a Discussion of Best Practices of Marrow Harvests with Medical Directors from the Marrow Collection Program Alliance of the NMDP moderated by Dr. Heather Stefanski, VP Medical Services.  This session will take attendees through every aspect of the harvest from patient prep and through the procedure.  Discussion will also include common problems and ways to mitigate them in real time.  


Breakout sessions include setting up the OR (what is needed in the OR, who is the best equipped team, prep of the patient), harvest procedure (how is the harvest performed (equipment needed, amount of BM per pull, when to get cell counts, etc); preventing infection (what are the best practices including the use of certain sterile techniques and if antibiotics are needed) and donor pre/post guidance (what do we tell donors and how do we consent them as well as what to expect after a harvest). 

Disclosure Language

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, Standard 3, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. 

The following persons in control of content disclosed the following financial relationships which were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved.




Laura Connelly-Smith B.Pharm., M.B.B.Ch., D.M.





Sam Penza, MD



Thomas R. Spitzer, MD

Bluebird Bio

Qihan Biotech

Syneos Health

Data and Safety Monitoring Board Member

Scientific Advisory Board Member


Monzr Al Malki, MD








Faculty & Credentials

NMDP Moderators

Heather Stefanski, MD, PhD
Vice President, Medical Services, NMDP/Be The Match 

Steve Devine, MD
Chief Medical Officer, NMDP/Be The Match 


Marrow Alliance Participants

James R. Mason, MD
Director, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Scripps Clinic

Mark A. Murakami, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Adetola Kassim, M.B.B.S., MS., FACP
Clinical Director, Adult Stem Cell Transplant Program Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

Laura Connelly-Smith B.Pharm., M.B.B.Ch., D.M.
Assistant Medical Director of Apheresis and CTL, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (FHCC)
Associate Professor, Division of Hematology, University of Washington Medical Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, Washington

Wolfgang Rennert, MD, PhD, DTM+H
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University
Medical Director, Rostropovich & Vishneskaya Foundation

Sam Penza, MD
The James OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center  

Monzr Al Malki, MD
Associate Professor, Division of Leukemia, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Director, Unrelated Donor BMT Program; Director, Haploidentical Transplant Program

Thomas R. Spitzer, MD
Director Emeritus, Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Nurse Practitioner BMT/Apheresis, The University of Kansas Health System 

Josh Contreras, Medical Lab Scientist (MLS)
The University of Kansas Health System 

ACCME Accreditation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


AMA Credit Designation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals:

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 2.25 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Available Credit

  • 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 2.25 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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Registration & Registration Fees

NMDP/Be The Match is providing the Marrow Harvest Master Class content free of charge to our community

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