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The Hematotherapy Program at the Westchester Medical Center is a full-service Apheresis and Infusion Center providing care to patients of all ages throughout the Hudson Valley region in New York State. The newly-renovated, kid-friendly outpatient Center has individual patient bays for comfort and privacy, and are furnished with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.  We also provide inpatient services for  the adult patients at Westchester Medical Center and for children, adolescents and young adults receiving care at the World Class Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at the Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College.

Our physicians and nursing specialists are trained in many subspecialties including: pediatric hematology, oncology and stem cell transplantation, transfusion medicine, apheresis and blood banking. Hematology and Oncology residents and fellows also benefit from professional training in these disciplines. The Hematotherapy nurses are proficient in many apheresis platforms and provide compassionate and quality-driven care to our patients. Members of the staff are involved in related clinical, translational and basic research and protocols for childhood cancers and other hematological diagnoses.


The Hematotherapy Program offers consultation for many types of apheresis, including:

  • Therapeutic plasma exchange, to treat hematologic disorders and autoimmune disorders, or to remove antibodies in patients who receive organ transplants
  • Peripheral stem cell collection, autologous or allogeneic, for the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma, certain pediatric solid tumor cancers, and sickle cell disease
  • Red cell exchange, for patients with acute or chronic complications of sickle cell disease, or patients with other, select conditions
  • Extracorporeal photopheresis, a treatment for patients with acute or chronic graft versus host disease after stem cell transplant, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, or for patients with rejection after solid organ transplant
  • Additionally, procedures such as leukapheresis and plateletpheresis reduce very high white counts or platelet counts, respectively, to treat patients with these conditions


The Infusion area of the Center is equipped to transfuse blood components and infuse blood product derivatives and medications such as:

  • Routine red blood cell or platelet infusions for outpatients with cancer and other diseases
  • Factor infusions, such as fibrinogen or other concentrates
  • Therapeutic phlebotomy for conditions such as hemochromatosis or polycythemia vera

Physicians overseeing the Hematotherapy Program are available for consultation 24 hours to all Westchester Medical Center clinical services with patients who may be candidates for these procedures. We welcome consultations from clinics and hospitals outside our Westchester family of hospitals in order to provide the best care possible to all patients.


Key Team Members/Disciplines:

  • Division Chief and Medical Director of Hematotherapy: Mitchell S. Cairo, MD
  • Clinical Directors of Hematotherapy: Cori Abikoff, MD
  • Hematotherapy Nurse Manager: Lee Clough, BSN, RN, HP
  • Nurse Coordinators for Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant: Tamar Horowitz, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPHON and Julie Krauchuk, RN, MSN, FNP-C


Unique Features:

  • Multidisciplinary teams
  • Apheresis expertise of our nurses and physicians
  • Medical Consultation available 24 hours
  • Formal Training of Medical and Pediatric Residents, Fellows and Students of various disciplines
  • Extracorporeal Photopheresis with Therakos®Cellex®technology
  • Apheresis and Stem Cell Collections on TerumoBCT Optia or COBE Spectra platforms
  • Individual patient treatment areas
  • Fully staffed Infusion Center


Research and Education Highlights:

  • FACT Accredited Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Collection Center
  • FACT Accredited Stem Cell Transplant Program
  • New York State Licensed
  • ACGME Accredited Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Fellowship Training Program
  • Student, Resident, Fellow and other allied health professionals electives or selectives
  • Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Member Institution
  • Active participation in the American Society For Apheresis, ASH and AABB