Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) and Acute Leukemia

BMT Symposium

Dr. Joseph McGuirk is the Medical Director for the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) and Acute Leukemia Site Team. He is also Division Director of HMCT. BMT procedures are life-saving treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other related blood diseases.  Established in 1977, the BMT program celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. The team has performed more than 3,100 transplants. We are the region's largest BMT & acute leukemia program, and part of the region's largest comprehensive cancer center. We are currently ranked in the Top 50 Cancer Programs by  U.S. News & World Report. The team also trains Hematology Oncology Fellows, and we offer a one year BMT Fellowship Program.

The Blood and Marrow Transplant program at The University of Kansas Cancer Center continues to expand and provide more life-saving treatments.

  • The BMT program performed 625 transplants in 2016. 
  • Performed over 2,000 photopherestreatments(a procedure for patients with graft-versus-host disease) in 2016.
  • Enrolled over 100 patients on leukemia/myeloid and lymphoma/myeloma therapeutic clinical trials.
  • Even while treating more patients, BMT staff continued to provide excellent care.

"The success we continue to achieve with the BMT program is due to our outstanding physicians, clinical staff and support staff," said Joseph McGuirk, DO, BMT medical director. "Working as a team, we are able to save more lives every day."

Learn more about different hematologic cancers and treatments:


Clinical Trials

There are many clinical trials at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.  Please select the links below to learn more.

Contact our Clinical Trial Nurse Navigator:
Phone: 913-945-7552
Email: CTNurseNav@kumc.edu

Leukemia Featured Trial:

  • A Phase 2, Randomized, Biomarker-driven, Clinical Study on Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) With an Exploratory Arm in Patients With Newly Diagnosed High-Risk AML
    • PI: Tara Lin, M.D.
    • NCT# 02520011- Learn national information about this trial
  • A Phase IIa Single-arm, Open-label, Two-stage Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Safety, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Efficacy of BP1001 (a Liposomal Grb2 Antisense Oligonucleotide) in Combination With Low-dose Cytarabine (LDAC) in Patients With Previously Untreated Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Who Are Ineligible for Intensive Induction Therapy
    • PI: Dr. Tara Lin, M.D.
    • NCT# 02781883- Learn national information about this trial

BMT Featured Trial:

  • A Multi-Center Biologic Assignment Trial Comparing Reduced Intensity Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant to Hypomethylating Therapy or Best Supportive Care in Patients Aged 50-75 with Intermediate-2 and High Risk Myelodysplastic Syndrome
    • PI: Joseph McGuirk, D.O.
    • NCT# 02016781- Learn national information about this trial

BMT Trials:

BMT I  Leukemia, Other I Lymphoid Leukemia I Myeloid and Monocytic Leukemia I Clinical Trial Main Page  


Patient Story

The Susan Varner Story: When Susan was first admitted to The University of Kansas Cancer Center's Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit this past year, our family was immediately impressed with the knowledge, efficiency, and assurance they provided. Dr. Ganguly was not only expecting our arrival, but was already familiar with Susan's case, and instantly made us feel as though the team was in control of her situation. By the end of her first day there, we had a plan established for her treatment, and diagnostic screenings. Because of the rarity of Susan's disease, we knew we needed to be in a cutting edge facility that could offer her the most advanced options possible. Her case was treated with urgency, and expertise. We were impressed by the BMT team's willingness to consult with experts worldwide to come up with the best possible solutions for Susan. This proved to us that we were in the right place, and that Susan's case truly mattered to her doctors. To this day, we remain grateful for the matchless quality of care Susan received from her doctors and nurses during her stay in the University of Kansas Cancer Center's BMT unit. We continue to be impressed with the progress, and truly innovative research being done to improve treatments, and eradicate the effects of blood cancer at both the University of Kansas Cancer Center, and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Contact Carol Webb, at cwebb2@kumc.edu to submit your story.

Last modified: Aug 15, 2017
Seeking BMT Physician

Seeking hematologist/oncologist with a focus in BMT.  To view the complete job description and apply, go to jobs.kumc.edu and search for position number J0083297.  Questions or concerns contact Carol Webb at cwebb2@kumc.edu.

Seeking Inpatient Hematologist

Seeking an inpatient hospitalist. Must be board certificed/eligable in hematology.  For more information contact Carol Webb at cwebb2@kumc.edu.

BMT Support Groups

Cancer Action: For programs and services of persons with cancer, their family, and friends

Gilda's Club: Support for all cancers and stage

Turning Point: Support for serious or chronic physical illness in the KC area

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