Patients with blood disorders receive consultation and treatment for a broad range of benign conditions, such as hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell anemia and thalassemia), hemochromatosis, bleeding and thrombotic disorders (von Willebrand's disease and hemophilia), hypercoagulable states, myeloproliferative disorders, myelodysplasia and anemia, and malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

The team works closely with the blood bank and has developed innovative techniques for harvesting, storing, and re-infusing blood and its components, most notably for autologous peripheral blood stem cell infusion. Apheresis is also available for treatment of a variety of disorders including sickle cell disease, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, and cryoglobulinemia.

The Infusion Suite is housed in the Center and provides patients with the utmost privacy, comfort, and convenience. The Suite includes private rooms with beds and bays with large reclining chairs for patients and comfortable seating for those who accompany them. Patient Navigators (experts trained to help patients overcome barriers to care), social workers, and dieticians are also located in the Infusion Suite and are available to help patients with any needs that arise during their visit. A specialty pharmacy is conveniently located on the floor, allowing patients to fill many of their medications without leaving the area.

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Specialty Clinics

Medical Oncology

The Cancer Care Center at Boston Medical Center cares for patients with malignant and non-malignant blood disorders and cancer. The Center provides diagnostic services, innovative treatments, and comprehensive care to patients by an outstanding, nationally recognized, multidisciplinary team of hematologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, oncology nurses, social workers, and dieticians.

Amyloidosis Center

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).

Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a chronic, genetic blood disorder which causes painful attacks (sickle cell crises) that can be difficult for patients to manage.

Conditions We Treat

Our Team

Lynsie Adams, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hematology and Oncology

Linda M Armstrong, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hematology

Frances R Blevins, PA-C

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

Hematology

Dina Brauneis, NP

Clinical Research and Stem Cell Transplant Nurse Practitioner

Special Interests

AL Amyloidosis, Multiple Myeloma and Lymphoma

David H Chui, MD

Director, Hemoglobin Diagnostic Reference Laboratory
Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Hereditary hemoglobin disorders, Alpha-thalassemia, Beta-Thalassemia, Unstable hemoglobins, Sickle cell disease

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Tracy A Ledger, DNP

Special Interests

Amyloid, AL Amyloidosis, Localized Amyloidosis, Transthyretin amyloidosis

Adam Lerner, MD

Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Lymphoma, Leukemia, Sarcoma, Skin cancer

Lillian E McMahon, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Adult Sickle Cell Hematology

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

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

Martin H Steinberg, MD

Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Sickle Cell Disease

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Charlene M Sylvestre, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Adult Sickle Cell Hematology

Benign Hematologists

Adam Lerner, MD

Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Lymphoma, Leukemia, Sarcoma, Skin cancer

Lillian E McMahon, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Adult Sickle Cell Hematology

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

Lynsie Adams, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hematology and Oncology

Frances R Blevins, PA-C

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

Hematology

Leukemia Hematologists

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

Adam Lerner, MD

Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Lymphoma, Leukemia, Sarcoma, Skin cancer

Lynsie Adams, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hematology and Oncology

Linda M Armstrong, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hematology

Frances R Blevins, PA-C

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

Hematology

Lymphoma Hematologists

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

Adam Lerner, MD

Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Lymphoma, Leukemia, Sarcoma, Skin cancer

Lynsie Adams, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hematology and Oncology

Linda M Armstrong, NP

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hematology

Frances R Blevins, PA-C

Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

Hematology

Patient Resources

Hematology Frequently Asked Questions

Our doctors may have you complete additional diagnostic tests to get a complete picture of your condition before they make treatment recommendations. When the testing is done, we will talk with you about different treatment options that are available to you.

Research Overview

Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and health care.

They can help answer scientific questions and find better ways to prevent, diagnose, or treat cancer. Many of today's treatments for cancer are based on the results of past clinical trials. Because of progress made through clinical trials, many people treated for cancer now live longer, and some are even cured from their disease.

Patients who are interested in joining a research study, or who would like to see if there are any ongoing trials that might be appropriate for their condition, can talk to their doctor or nurse, or call the Clinical Trials Office directly at 617.638.8265 to speak with research nurses and assistants.

Clinical Trials

The Clinical Trials Office of the Cancer Research Center coordinates BMC’s participation in several national cancer cooperative trials, directed not only at new therapies but also at prevention, education, and screening for early detection. A key component is the team’s active participation in the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), a national clinical trials cooperative established with National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding. BMC is the only full-member institution in New England, and is also a member of NSBBP (National Surgical Breast and Bowel program). Participation in SWOG and NSBBP clinical trials affords access to many investigational drugs and protocols sponsored by the NCI that would be unavailable otherwise. In addition, the team comprises the principal investigators for a series of clinical trials at Boston Medical Center.

Learn more about ongoing trials. Physicians who are interested in referring a patient for possible inclusion in one of these trials, should contact the Clinical Trials Office directly at 617.638.8265.

Residency and Fellowship Information

Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program

The Hematology and Oncology fellowship program at Boston Medical Center is a combined teaching program with the Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center. The fellowship is an ACGME accredited three year program, and offers three separate tracks: Hematology and Oncology; Geriatric Oncology (with fourth year Hematology option); and Hematology research training. For more information, click here.

Affiliations

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As the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Boston Medical Center is devoted to training future generations of healthcare professionals.  Learn more about Boston University School of Medicine.