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CBMTG Board Of Directors

PRESIDENT
Donna Wall, MD, CCPE

Dr. Donna Wall received medical training at the University of Manitoba, followed by post graduate training at Columbia Presbyterian in New York, Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/The Children's Hospital in Boston. She has developed and run pediatric blood and marrow transplant programs at Washington University, St. Louis University in Missouri, and the Texas Transplant Institute/Methodist Children's Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently the director of the Manitoba Blood and Marrow Transplant Program in Winnipeg. She has chaired the pediatric blood and marrow transplant consortium and the children's oncology group stem cell transplant discipline. Her research interests include cord blood biology and transplantation, treatment of childhood leukemia and the regenerative potential of mesenchymal cells.


PRESIDENT-ELECT
Kristjan Paulson, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Paulson is a member of the Manitoba Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, based out of CancerCare Manitoba.  A life long Manitoba resident, he completed his medical school, internal medicine and hematology training at the University of Manitoba.  After a brief stop in Milwaukee for additional Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) training, he started on staff in Winnipeg in 2013.  He is the service chief of the GD6 Transplant/Oncology unit at Health Sciences Centre, and is chair of the Leukemia Disease Site Group at CancerCare Manitoba.  His main area of research interest is retrospective outcomes research in BMT, and is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Blood and Marrow Transplant Group (CBMTG) Registry.  


PAST PRESIDENT
Andrew Daly, MD
Dr. Andrew Daly received his medical training at McGill University in Montreal. He subsequently completed post-graduate training in hematology at McGill and a fellowship in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at the University of Toronto. He is currently the director of the Alberta Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Calgary and a clinical associate professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. His research interests include expanding access to hematopoietic cell transplantation through the use of alternative donors and improving the outcome of transplantation through the use or safer preparative regimens.


TREASURER
Auro Viswabandya, MD

Dr. Auro Viswabandya has completed his specialty training in India and then did a 3 year fellowship in "Malignant Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation" in Princess Margaret Cancer Center.  He was a staff in the largest Hematology center in India for 10 years before moving to Princess Margaret Cancer Center as an active staff in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Division.  Dr. Auro Viswabandya is appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is currently the Associate Director and Fellowship Supervisor in the Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Program at PMH.
He has published more than 100 peer reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters to his credit.  His areas of interest are GVHD prophylaxis in allogeneic stem cell transplant and Haploidentical stem cell transplantation.
He specifically looks at the combination of Anti-Thymocyte Globuline (ATG) and post-transplant Post Transplant Cyclophosphamide (PTCy) in patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
Currently, Dr. Viswabandya is the fellowship and residents (PGY5) supervisor of allotransplant at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Education is his passion and he is currently the member of Education Committee of CBMTG and ASBMT. He is a member of Stem Cell Transplantation Advisory Committee of Cancer Care Ontario.


SECRETARY
Charlene Downey, MN, NP(Adult), RN, CON (c)

Charlene Downey is a Nurse Practitioner in Hematology with Eastern Health at the Health Science Center in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her clinical work currently focuses on malignant hematology, autologus and allogeneic stem cell transplants. Her career has seen her as a staff nurse on the Hematology/Oncology inpatient unit, clinical educator, and clinical instructor with Memorial University. Charlene completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Memorial in 1997, and her MN from Memorial in 2006 with a clinical focus, obtaining her Nurse Practitioner – Adult Acute Care credential. Charlene holds the position of a Professional Associate with Memorial University.  Her areas of interested are in the treatment of Graft vs Host Disease, Cancer Survivorship, Lymphoma, and advancing nursing roles and knowledge in Hematology/Oncology. She is a member of CANO and CBMTG.


DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE, EDUCATION 
Kylie Lepic, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Kylie Lepic received her MD from McMaster University in 2006. She completed her Internal Medicine and Hematology Residency training at McMaster followed by a Fellowship in Blood and Marrow Transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Dr. Lepic is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster and is based at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre. She has a special interest in histocompatibility. 


DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE, RESEARCH
Kirk Schultz, MD, FCAHS

Dr. Kirk Schultz is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, BC Children’s Hospital, and the Child and Family Research Institute (CFRI). Dr. Schultz is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist focused on new therapies and rejection in Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) and immune therapy of blood cancers. Dr. Schultz is a past recipient of the CIHR/Wyeth Clinical Research Chair in Transplantation, past chair of the CBMTG CTN, and past chair of the Pediatric BMT Consortium the largest children’s BMT clinical trials group in the world. Dr. Schultz is also a  fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He is currently the director of the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program group at the BC Children’s Hospital and CFRI and the lead on Core 2 of the CNTRP.  


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