Please visit Boston University School of Medicine’s Amyloidosis Center website for more information about the different types, the patient evaluation process, and consultation services.

Boston Medical Center is an international referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of amyloidosis, a rare group of diseases caused by the abnormal accumulation of the protein amyloid in various parts of the body. This can occur as part of a bone marrow plasma cell disorder (AL), as a hereditary form (AF), an age-related form (senile systemic amyloidosis due to ATTR), or secondary to chronic inflammatory or infectious diseases (AA).

The Amyloidosis Center at BMC offers a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment of this multi-organ disorder. Under the direction of Vaishali Sanchorawala, MD, the Center is unique in its approach, providing exceptional care for patients with all forms of systemic and localized amyloidosis through the support of laboratory and clinical research.

Specialists in hematology-oncologycardiologypulmonary medicinerenal medicinegastroenterologyneurologyotolaryngologypathology and laboratory medicineurology, and radiation oncology coordinate to evaluate patients and develop care plans.

The disease frequently involves more than one organ system. For this reason, Boston Medical Center offers a multispecialty evaluation for patients. This is a three day, outpatient evaluation comprised of a number of tests and consultations which will help determine the amyloid type and organ system involvement. Patients are guided through each step of the evaluation, with doctors and nurses explaining why each test is being done and what the results mean.

Once the evaluation is complete, a treatment plan is developed.

Medical and pathological consultation services are also available to patients and doctors.

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Our Team

The amyloidosis clinical team is a multidisciplinary group of physicians at Boston Medical Center. Each sub-specialist is an amyloid expert and has seen hundreds of patients with amyloidosis.

Internist

Caryn A Libbey, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Rheumatoid arthritis; Osteoporosis; Amyloidosis

Hematology

Dina Brauneis, NP

Clinical Research and Stem Cell Transplant Nurse Practitioner

Special Interests

AL Amyloidosis, Multiple Myeloma and Lymphoma

Lisa M Mendelson, NP

Hematology and Medical Oncology Provider
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Systemic Amyloidosis, Localized Amyloidosis, Hematologic Disorders, Adult Primary Care, Geriatrics

Karen Quillen, MD

Ambulatory Director, Hematology and Oncology
Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Benign, Cutaneous, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Stem Cell transplantation, Sickle Cell Disease, Transfusion Medicine

Vaishali Sanchorawala, MD

Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Director, Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Program; Director, Amyloidosis Center

Special Interests

AL amyloidosis, Stem cell transplantation, Myeloma, Health related quality of life in AL amyloidosis, Clinical trials

John M Sloan, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

AL Amyloidosis, Lymphoma and Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation

Tracy A Ledger, DNP

Special Interests

Amyloid, AL Amyloidosis, Localized Amyloidosis, Transthyretin amyloidosis

Cardiology

Frederick L Ruberg, MD

Director, Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Program Associate Director, Cardiovascular Fellowship Program Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Cardiac amyloidosis, Cardiac imaging: MRI, CT, echo, Cardiac sarcoidosis, Ischemic heart disease, Valvular heart disease

Pulmonology

John L Berk, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Amyloid, Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Nephrology

Andrea I Havasi, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

amyloidosis, peritoneal dialysis, acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease , glomerular diseases

Neurology

Michelle Y Kaku, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

Disorders of the muscle and nerve, electrodiagnostic medicine, botulinum toxin administration

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Radiation Oncology

Minh T Truong, MD

Chief and Chair, Boston Medical Center Radiation Oncology, Boston Medical Center
Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Head and neck; Central nervous system; Skin; Airway amyloidosis

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Otolaryngology

Gregory A Grillone, MD

Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Special Interests

Benign and Malignant Tumors of the Head and Neck, Robotic Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery for Head and Neck Tumors, Laryngeal, Voice and Swallowing Disorders, Surgical Treatment of Sleep Apnea, Diseases of the Trachea and Esophagus, Zenker's Diverticulum

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Urology

Mark H Katz, MD

Assistant Professor of Urology, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Urologic Oncology, Robotic Surgery, Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer

Research Overview

Patients with amyloidosis have been immeasurably aided through advances derived from laboratory and translational research programs coordinated by clinical investigators at BMC and laboratory investigators at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). The Center at BUSM has been in existence since 1960, and has been responsible for many advances in the field, including some of the first randomized treatment trials, stem cell transplant trials, trials with novel agents and small molecules, and protocols for liver and heart transplantation for selected patients. To learn about our research, please visit the Amyloidosis Center website at BUSM.