Phoenix Children’s Ottosen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program

The best care in Arizona and the Southwest for patients needing bone marrow transplants


Phoenix Children's Hospital, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, run the Valley's only Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) accredited Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program. We pride ourselves on making a significant difference in the quality of life for our patients.

In 2013, the program was ranked second in the country by the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) in one-year survival for patients undergoing their first allogeneic stem cell transplant.

Led by Roberta Adams, MD, Phoenix Children’s Ottosen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program uses stem cell transplants to help patients renew the building blocks that create healthy cells.

The program performs transplants for malignant diseases such as acute and chronic leukemias, and non-malignant diseases including Sickle Cell Disease, immune deficiencies, and inherited metabolic diseases.

In constructing its pediatric-dedicated facilities, Phoenix Children's included state-of-the-art rooms dedicated to the care of BMT patients who are immuno-compromised. The BMT inpatient unit is located within the hospital's hematology/oncology care area.

Why Choose Phoenix Children's Hospital

As the only freestanding children’s hospital in Arizona with a bone marrow transplant program, we offer comprehensive care for pre-transplant through long-term post-transplant needs.

The Hospital is a National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) transplant site and our BMT program is an active participant in national research consortiums such as the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC), and the Clinical Trials Network (CTN). Our team of specialists are also conducting research including cellular therapy questions regarding the role of Mesenchymal stem cells in tissue healing.

Our facilities for bone marrow transplant patients and their families include:

  • 12 Private BMT Rooms
  • BMT Family Break Room
  • Playroom
  • Physical Therapy Room
  • HEPA-Filtered Air Everywhere (so children can leave their rooms)
  • Ronald McDonald House

Our dedication to the understanding of blood and marrow transplants for children means better patient outcomes and better family centered support and care.

Phoenix Children’s also operates an Allogeneic Survivor Program, which is a specialty clinic for survivors of allogeneic bone marrow transplant (when the stem cells donated did not come from the recipient). The clinic is open to all allogeneic BMT recipients regardless of where the patient was originally treated.

We provide annual screening and evaluation for late effects from chemotherapy, radiation, and graft-versus-host disease.

Our specialists also assess and address quality of life, emotional well-being, and preventative strategies to maintain health over the survivorship.  Survivors and collaborating physicians receive the patient’s personalized history and care plan.

Our team collaborates, at a national and institutional level, to research and improve the longevity and health of survivors, and we are focused on issues for adolescents and young adults and helping them to transition from a pediatric institution to adult care.

Treating Children and Educating Families

Diseases in children are different than in adults. Pediatric diseases tend to occur as a developmental aberration, whereas adults may develop diseases due to lifestyle choices. As a pediatric hospital, our goal is to “cure,” which means we often treat patients with aggressive measures because the chance of cure brings the chance of a full life.

With all our pediatric patients, an emphasis is placed on teaching family members how to cope with the diagnosis and treatment, and what to expect moving forward. The goal is for parents to teach their child how to be an advocate for themselves and eventually take over their own care.

We also help with insurance needs, how to plan for ongoing treatment, and champion the importance of going to school, getting a good job, and receiving good health insurance.

Contact Us

(602) 933-0920

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