The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital is a collaboration between The Blood and Marrow Transplant Group of Georgia (BMTGA) and Northside Hospital.

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Interdisciplinary Team


The NSH-BMT team members are highly educated and trained in blood and marrow transplantation/leukemia care. These dedicated health care professionals provide outstanding patient care where the patient is the center of the treatment pyramid.

Advanced Practice Providers

Our Physicians Assistants and Nurse Practitioners work directly with the BMT physicians to provide patient care and assessments on the inpatient Bone Marrow Unit and in the Outpatient Clinic.

NSH - BMT inpatient advanced practice providers

BMTGA advanced practice providers

Clinical Pharmacists

Doctors of Pharmacy are responsible for overseeing the safe and appropriate utilization, dosing and preparation of all medications, including investigational agents.


Extensively trained nurses in the field of transplant therapy and oncology nursing meet nursing needs of bone marrow transplant patients. All nurses are ONS chemotherapy certified.
BMTGA Infusion Facility
NSH Cancer Center
NSH BMT Inpatient Unit

Transplant Coordinators

Coordinate new patient referrals; educate patients and their families regarding the transplant process and/or leukemia treatment; facilitate national and international unrelated donor searches; assist patients in obtaining insurance coverage approval; schedule patient assessments and evaluations; maintain contact with the referring physician's office; and arrange local accommodations and long term follow-up with patients after transplantation.

Leukemia Nurse Coordinators

Organize and coordinates; new patient referrals with referring physician office, facilitates hospital and emergency room transfer, schedules pre - leukemia therapy testing- HLA typing, cytogenetic, molecular studies, participates in weekly multidisciplinary team meeting with NSH- Leukemia program physicians, NSH hematopathology, NSH molecular diagnostic laboratory and leukemia/BMT team members, provides patient/caregiver education, coordinates discharge planning and transition to NSH - BMT program.

Clinical Research Team

Clinical research nurses and associates work collaboratively with the BMT and Leukemia team under the direction of a BMT physician and in conjunction with the Central Research Office at Northside Hospital. The Program works with other major transplant and leukemia centers, NCI BMT- CTN clinical trials network, physician initiated protocols and biotechnology companies in order to provide patients with access to state-of-the-art investigational therapies. The staff is accountable for maintaining compliance with regulatory agencies that oversee the practice of clinical research.
clinical research

Financial Coordinators

These thirteen dedicated staff members coordinate the transplant/leukemia benefits. They obtain transplant prior medical authorization & pre-certification. They can assist with coordination of travel and lodging benefits. Transplant Financial Specialists assist patients throughout treatment in understanding medical bills and the insurance process, including Out of pocket expenses, drug coverage, COBRA and other financial assistance.

NSH- BMT Financial Coordinators

BMTGA Financial Coordinators

Graft- Versus- Host Disease (GVHD) Nurse

The NSH-BMT Program’s GVHD nurse works collaboratively with BMT physicians, clinical BMT pharmacists, advanced practice providers and nursing staff to educate/coordinate treatment (clinical research trials) and testing algorithms/follow up care of the related or unrelated allogeneic transplant patient who develops graft vs. host disease post-transplant.

Data Management

The data coordinators are responsible for collecting detailed information on all patients transplanted. This data is reported to the CIBMTR (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research) and the NMDP (National Marrow Donor Program). The data coordinators work collaboratively to maintain a comprehensive database for all patients consulted at our center.
data management staff

Health Psychologist

The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital has a full time dedicated BMT/Leukemia health physiologist whose sole responsibility is to provide individual, family and group psychological assessment/support throughout BMT/leukemia treatment. Dawn Speckhart, Ph.D. is a graduate of Indiana University and received her PH.D in Psychology from the University of Miami Medical Center.
data management staff