Michael Verneris, MD
Professor, Pediatrics-Heme/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplantation

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Medical School:
  • MD, Dartmouth Medical School (1992)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, Syracuse University (NY) (1987)
Internship:
  • Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University Program (1992)
Residency:
  • Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University Program, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology (1995)
Fellowships:
  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics Program, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology (1998)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Heme/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplantation

Professional Titles

  • Professor, Pediatrics-Heme/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
  • The Barton Family Endowed Chair of Bone Marrow Transplant
Research interests for Patients:
My research studies are aimed at developing cellular therapy to reduce leukemia recurrence by enhancing immune recovery and by more effectively treating sites of leukemia (with a newly developed method of bone marrow irradiation). Full list of publications found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=verneris

Publications

  • Turcotte LM, Cao Q, Cooley SA, Curtsinger J, Holtan SG, Luo X, Yingst A, Weisdorf DJ, Blazar BR, Miller JS, Wagner JE, Verneris MR. Monocyte subpopulation recovery as predictors of hematopoietic cell transplantation outcomes. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2019 Jan 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30625388
  • Turcotte LM, Wang T, Hemmer MT, Spellman SR, Arora M, Yingst A, Couriel D, Alousi A, Pidala J, Knight JM, Verneris MR. Proinflammatory Cytokine and Adipokine Levels in Adult Unrelated Marrow Donors Are Not Associated with Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Outcomes. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2019 Jan;25(1):12-18. PubMed PMID: 30144561
  • Askar M, Sayer D, Wang T, Haagenson M, Spellman SR, Lee SJ, Madbouly A, Fleischhauer K, Hsu KC, Verneris MR, Thomas D, Zhang A, Sobecks RM, Majhail NS. Analysis of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Gamma Block of the Major Histocompatibility Complex in Association with Clinical Outcomes of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: A Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Study. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018 Dec 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30537553
  • Pingel J, Wang T, Hagenlocher Y, Hernández-Frederick CJ, Nagler A, Haagenson MD, Fleischhauer K, Hsu KC, Verneris MR, Lee SJ, Mohty M, Polge E, Spellman SR, Schmidt AH, van Rood JJ. The effect of NIMA matching in adult unrelated mismatched hematopoietic stem cell transplantation - a joint study of the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the EBMT and the CIBMTR. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2018 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30279575
  • Orlando EJ, Han X, Tribouley C, Wood PA, Leary RJ, Riester M, Levine JE, Qayed M, Grupp SA, Boyer M, De Moerloose B, Nemecek ER, Bittencourt H, Hiramatsu H, Buechner J, Davies SM, Verneris MR, Nguyen K, Brogdon JL, Bitter H, Morrissey M, Pierog P, Pantano S, Engelman JA, Winckler W. Genetic mechanisms of target antigen loss in CAR19 therapy of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Nat Med. 2018 Oct;24(10):1504-1506. PubMed PMID: 30275569
  • Lund TC, Ahn KW, Tecca HR, Hilgers MV, Abdel-Azim H, Abraham A, Diaz MA, Badawy SM, Broglie L, Brown V, Dvorak CC, Gonzalez-Vicent M, Hashem H, Hayashi RJ, Jacobsohn DA, Kent MW, Li CK, Margossian SP, Martin PL, Mehta P, Myers K, Olsson R, Page K, Pulsipher MA, Shaw PJ, Smith AR, Triplett BM, Verneris MR, Eapen M. Outcomes after Second Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Children and Young Adults with Relapsed Acute Leukemia. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30244103
  • Woolfrey A, Wang T, Lee SJ, Haagenson MD, Chen G, Fleischhauer K, Horan J, Hsu K, Verneris M, Spellman SR, Fernandez-Vina M. Donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies in unrelated hematopoietic cell transplantation for non-malignant disorders. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2018 Sep 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30232414
  • Arrieta-Bolaños E, Crivello P, Shaw BE, Ahn KW, Wang HL, Verneris MR, Hsu KC, Pidala J, Lee SJ, Fleischhauer K, Spellman SR. In silico prediction of nonpermissive HLA-DPB1 mismatches in unrelated HCT by functional distance. Blood Adv. 2018 Jul 24;2(14):1773-1783. PubMed PMID: 30042143
  • Rothenberger M, Wagner JE, Haase A, Richman D, Grzywacz B, Strain M, Lada S, Estes J, Fletcher CV, Podany AT, Anderson J, Schmidt T, Wietgrefe S, Schacker T, Verneris MR. Transplantation of CCR5?32 Homozygous Umbilical Cord Blood in a Child With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Perinatally Acquired HIV Infection. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018 May;5(5):ofy090. PubMed PMID: 29868623
  • Nemecek ER, Hilger RA, Adams A, Shaw BE, Kiefer D, Le-Rademacher J, Levine JE, Yanik G, Leung W, Talano JA, Haut P, Delgado D, Kapoor N, Petrovic A, Adams R, Hanna R, Rangarajan H, Dalal J, Chewning J, Verneris MR, Epstein S, Burroughs L, Perez-Albuerne ED, Pulsipher MA, Delaney C. Treosulfan, Fludarabine, and Low-Dose Total Body Irradiation for Children and Young Adults with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or Myelodysplastic Syndrome Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: Prospective Phase II Trial of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018 Aug;24(8):1651-1656. PubMed PMID: 29753157
  • Bejanyan N, Brunstein CG, Cao Q, Lazaryan A, Luo X, Curtsinger J, Mehta RS, Warlick E, Cooley SA, Blazar BR, Miller JS, Weisdorf D, Wagner JE, Verneris MR. Delayed immune reconstitution after allogeneic transplantation increases the risks of mortality and chronic GVHD. Blood Adv. 2018 Apr 24;2(8):909-922. PubMed PMID: 29678809
  • Pilbeam K, Wang H, Taras E, Bergerson RJ, Ettestad B, DeFor T, Borgatti A, Vallera DA, Verneris MR. Targeting pediatric sarcoma with a bispecific ligand immunotoxin targeting urokinase and epidermal growth factor receptors. Oncotarget. 2018 Feb 23;9(15):11938-11947. PubMed PMID: 29552283
  • Romee R, Cooley S, Berrien-Elliott MM, Westervelt P, Verneris MR, Wagner JE, Weisdorf DJ, Blazar BR, Ustun C, DeFor TE, Vivek S, Peck L, DiPersio JF, Cashen AF, Kyllo R, Musiek A, Schaffer A, Anadkat MJ, Rosman I, Miller D, Egan JO, Jeng EK, Rock A, Wong HC, Fehniger TA, Miller JS. First-in-human phase 1 clinical study of the IL-15 superagonist complex ALT-803 to treat relapse after transplantation. Blood. 2018 Jun 7;131(23):2515-2527. PubMed PMID: 29463563
  • Shaw BE, Logan BR, Spellman SR, Marsh SGE, Robinson J, Pidala J, Hurley C, Barker J, Maiers M, Dehn J, Wang H, Haagenson M, Porter D, Petersdorf EW, Woolfrey A, Horowitz MM, Verneris M, Hsu KC, Fleischhauer K, Lee SJ. Development of an Unrelated Donor Selection Score Predictive of Survival after HCT: Donor Age Matters Most. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018 May;24(5):1049-1056. PubMed PMID: 29454040
  • Buturovic L, Shelton J, Spellman SR, Wang T, Friedman L, Loftus D, Hesterberg L, Woodring T, Fleischhauer K, Hsu KC, Verneris MR, Haagenson M, Lee SJ. Evaluation of a Machine Learning-Based Prognostic Model for Unrelated Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Donor Selection. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018 Jun;24(6):1299-1306. PubMed PMID: 29410341
  • Maude SL, Laetsch TW, Buechner J, Rives S, Boyer M, Bittencourt H, Bader P, Verneris MR, Stefanski HE, Myers GD, Qayed M, De Moerloose B, Hiramatsu H, Schlis K, Davis KL, Martin PL, Nemecek ER, Yanik GA, Peters C, Baruchel A, Boissel N, Mechinaud F, Balduzzi A, Krueger J, June CH, Levine BL, Wood P, Taran T, Leung M, Mueller KT, Zhang Y, Sen K, Lebwohl D, Pulsipher MA, Grupp SA. Tisagenlecleucel in Children and Young Adults with B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. N Engl J Med. 2018 Feb 1;378(5):439-448. PubMed PMID: 29385370
  • Turcotte LM, Wang T, Hemmer MT, Spellman SR, Arora M, Couriel D, Alousi A, Pidala J, Abdel-Azim H, Ahmed I, Beitinjaneh A, Buchbinder D, Byrne M, Callander N, Chao N, Choi SW, DeFilipp Z, Gadalla SM, Gale RP, Gergis U, Hashmi S, Hematti P, Holmberg L, Inamoto Y, Kamble RT, Lehmann L, MacMillan MA, McIver Z, Nishihori T, Norkin M, O'Brien T, Olsson RF, Reshef R, Saad A, Savani BN, Schouten HC, Seo S, Solh M, Verdonck L, Vij R, Wirk B, Yared J, Horowitz MM, Knight JM, Verneris MR. Donor body mass index does not predict graft versus host disease following hematopoietic cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2018 Jul;53(7):932-937. PubMed PMID: 29382954
  • Lee C, Haneuse S, Wang HL, Rose S, Spellman SR, Verneris M, Hsu KC, Fleischhauer K, Lee SJ, Abdi R. Prediction of absolute risk of acute graft-versus-host disease following hematopoietic cell transplantation. PLoS One. 2018;13(1):e0190610. PubMed PMID: 29346409
  • Gadalla SM, Wang T, Loftus D, Friedman L, Dagnall C, Haagenson M, Spellman SR, Buturovic L, Blauwkamp M, Shelton J, Fleischhauer K, Hsu KC, Verneris MR, Krstajic D, Hicks B, Jones K, Lee SJ, Savage SA. No association between donor telomere length and outcomes after allogeneic unrelated hematopoietic cell transplant in patients with acute leukemia. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2018 Apr;53(4):383-391. PubMed PMID: 29269807
  • Williams RL, Cooley S, Bachanova V, Blazar BR, Weisdorf DJ, Miller JS, Verneris MR. Recipient T Cell Exhaustion and Successful Adoptive Transfer of Haploidentical Natural Killer Cells. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018 Mar;24(3):618-622. PubMed PMID: 29197679
  • William BM, Wang T, Haagenson MD, Fleischhauer K, Verneris M, Hsu KC, de Lima MJ, Fernandez-Viña M, Spellman SR, Lee SJ, Hill BT. Impact of HLA Alleles on Outcomes of Allogeneic Transplantation for B Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas: A Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Analysis. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018 Apr;24(4):827-831. PubMed PMID: 29155319
  • Turcotte LM, DeFor TE, Newell LF, Cutler CS, Verneris MR, Wu J, Howard A, MacMillan ML, Antin JH, Vercellotti GM, Slungaard A, Blazar BR, Weisdorf DJ, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, Holtan SG. Donor and recipient plasma follistatin levels are associated with acute GvHD in Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network 0402. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 Oct 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29058696
  • Turcotte LM, DeFor TE, Newell LF, Cutler CS, Verneris MR, Wu J, Howard A, MacMillan ML, Antin JH, Vercellotti GM, Slungaard A, Blazar BR, Weisdorf DJ, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, Holtan SG. Donor and recipient plasma follistatin levels are associated with acute GvHD in Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network 0402. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 Oct 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29058696
  • Magome T, Froelich J, Holtan SG, Takahashi Y, Verneris MR, Brown K, Dusenbery K, Wong J, Hui SK. Whole-Body Distribution of Leukemia and Functional Total Marrow Irradiation Based on FLT-PET and Dual-Energy CT. Mol Imaging. 2017 Jan-Dec;16:1536012117732203. PubMed PMID: 28948859
  • Touma W, Brunstein CG, Cao Q, Miller JS, Curtsinger J, Verneris MR, Bachanova V. Dendritic Cell Recovery Impacts Outcomes after Umbilical Cord Blood and Sibling Donor Transplantation for Hematologic Malignancies. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2017 Jul 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28729150
  • Holtan SG, Newell LF, Cutler C, Verneris MR, DeFor TE, Wu J, Howard A, MacMillan ML, Antin JH, Blazar BR, Weisdorf DJ, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A. Low EGF in myeloablative allotransplantation: association with severe acute GvHD in BMT CTN 0402. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 Sep;52(9):1300-1303. PubMed PMID: 28581470
  • Fleischhauer K, Ahn KW, Wang HL, Zito L, Crivello P, Müller C, Verneris M, Shaw BE, Pidala J, Oudshorn M, Lee SJ, Spellman SR. Directionality of non-permissive HLA-DPB1 T-cell epitope group mismatches does not improve clinical risk stratification in 8/8 matched unrelated donor hematopoietic cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 Sep;52(9):1280-1287. PubMed PMID: 28581467
  • Angelos MG, Ruh PN, Webber BR, Blum RH, Ryan CD, Bendzick L, Shim S, Yingst AM, Tufa DM, Verneris MR, Kaufman DS. Aryl hydrocarbon receptor inhibition promotes hematolymphoid development from human pluripotent stem cells. Blood. 2017 Jun 29;129(26):3428-3439. PubMed PMID: 28533309
  • Hui S, Brunstein C, Takahashi Y, DeFor T, Holtan SG, Bachanova V, Wilke C, Zuro D, Ustun C, Weisdorf D, Dusenbery K, Verneris MR. Dose Escalation of Total Marrow Irradiation in High-Risk Patients Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2017 Jul;23(7):1110-1116. PubMed PMID: 28396164
  • Dourado KMC, Baik J, Oliveira VKP, Beltrame M, Yamamoto A, Theuer CP, Figueiredo CAV, Verneris MR, Perlingeiro RCR. Endoglin: a novel target for therapeutic intervention in acute leukemias revealed in xenograft mouse models. Blood. 2017 May 4;129(18):2526-2536. PubMed PMID: 28351936
  • Madbouly A, Wang T, Haagenson M, Paunic V, Vierra-Green C, Fleischhauer K, Hsu KC, Verneris MR, Majhail NS, Lee SJ, Spellman SR, Maiers M. Investigating the Association of Genetic Admixture and Donor/Recipient Genetic Disparity with Transplant Outcomes. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2017 Jun;23(6):1029-1037. PubMed PMID: 28263917
  • Mitchell R, Wagner JE, Brunstein C, Cao Q, McKenna DH, Verneris MR. Impact of Delayed Infusion Time in Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2017 May;23(5):836-839. PubMed PMID: 28214595
  • Lindsley RC, Saber W, Mar BG, Redd R, Wang T, Haagenson MD, Grauman PV, Hu ZH, Spellman SR, Lee SJ, Verneris MR, Hsu K, Fleischhauer K, Cutler C, Antin JH, Neuberg D, Ebert BL. Prognostic Mutations in Myelodysplastic Syndrome after Stem-Cell Transplantation. N Engl J Med. 2017 Feb 9;376(6):536-547. PubMed PMID: 28177873
  • Brunstein CG, Cutler CS, DeFor TE, Kim H, Bejanyan N, Garfall A, Verneris MR, Chen YB, Warlick ED, Spitzer T, Miller JS, Antin JH, Weisdorf DJ, Soiffer R, Wagner JE, Ballen KK. Matching at Human Leukocyte Antigen-C Improved the Outcomes after Double Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation for Recipients of Two to Four of Six Human Leukocyte Antigen-Matched Grafts. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2017 Jan;23(1):126-133. PubMed PMID: 27989929
  • Askar M, Sobecks R, Wang T, Haagenson M, Majhail N, Madbouly A, Thomas D, Zhang A, Fleischhauer K, Hsu K, Verneris M, Lee SJ, Spellman SR, Fernández-Viña M. MHC Class I Chain-Related Gene A (MICA) Donor-Recipient Mismatches and MICA-129 Polymorphism in Unrelated Donor Hematopoietic Cell Transplantations Has No Impact on Outcomes in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, or Myelodysplastic Syndrome: A Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Study. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2017 Mar;23(3):436-444. PubMed PMID: 27987385
  • He F, Verneris MR, Cooley S, Blazar BR, MacMillan ML, Newell LF, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, DeFor T, Weisdorf DJ, Holtan SG. Low day 100 serum epidermal growth factor levels are associated with acute GvHD after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 Feb;52(2):301-303. PubMed PMID: 27869812
  • Alsuliman A, Muftuoglu M, Khoder A, Ahn YO, Basar R, Verneris MR, Muranski P, Barrett AJ, Liu E, Li L, Stringaris K, Armstrong-James D, Shaim H, Kondo K, Imahashi N, Andersson B, Marin D, Champlin RE, Shpall EJ, Rezvani K. A subset of virus-specific CD161( ) T cells selectively express the multidrug transporter MDR1 and are resistant to chemotherapy in AML. Blood. 2017 Feb 9;129(6):740-758. PubMed PMID: 27821506
  • Hoff GA, Fischer JC, Hsu K, Cooley S, Miller JS, Wang T, Haagenson M, Spellman S, Lee SJ, Uhrberg M, Venstrom JM, Verneris MR. Recipient HLA-C Haplotypes and microRNA 148a/b Binding Sites Have No Impact on Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Outcomes. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2017 Jan;23(1):153-160. PubMed PMID: 27746218
  • Goyal RK, Lee SJ, Wang T, Trucco M, Haagenson M, Spellman SR, Verneris M, Ferrell RE. Novel HLA-DP region susceptibility loci associated with severe acute GvHD. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 Jan;52(1):95-100. PubMed PMID: 27595289
  • Lu H, Bhoopatiraju S, Wang H, Schmitz NP, Wang X, Freeman MJ, Forster CL, Verneris MR, Linden MA, Hallstrom TC. Loss of UHRF2 expression is associated with human neoplasia, promoter hypermethylation, decreased 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, and high proliferative activity. Oncotarget. 2016 Nov 15;7(46):76047-76061. PubMed PMID: 27738314
  • Pritchett JC, Green JS, Thomm AM, Knox KK, Verneris MR, Lund TC. CD4 T Cells Coexpressing CD134 (OX40) Harbor Significantly Increased Levels of Human Herpesvirus 6B DNA Following Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation. J Infect Dis. 2016 Dec 15;214(12):1911-1915. PubMed PMID: 27703035
  • Magome T, Froelich J, Takahashi Y, Arentsen L, Holtan S, Verneris MR, Brown K, Haga A, Nakagawa K, Holter Chakrabarty JL, Giebel S, Wong J, Dusenbery K, Storme G, Hui SK. Evaluation of Functional Marrow Irradiation Based on Skeletal Marrow Composition Obtained Using Dual-Energy Computed Tomography. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2016 Nov 1;96(3):679-87. PubMed PMID: 27681765
  • Bejanyan N, Rogosheske J, DeFor TE, Lazaryan A, Arora M, Holtan SG, Jacobson PA, MacMillan ML, Verneris MR, Blazar BR, Weisdorf DJ, Wagner JE, Brunstein CG. Sirolimus and Mycophenolate Mofetil as Calcineurin Inhibitor-Free Graft-versus-Host Disease Prophylaxis for Reduced-Intensity Conditioning Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016 Nov;22(11):2025-2030. PubMed PMID: 27519278
  • Sarhan D, Cichocki F, Zhang B, Yingst A, Spellman SR, Cooley S, Verneris MR, Blazar BR, Miller JS. Adaptive NK Cells with Low TIGIT Expression Are Inherently Resistant to Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells. Cancer Res. 2016 Oct 1;76(19):5696-5706. PubMed PMID: 27503932
  • Turcotte LM, Yingst A, Verneris MR. Erratum to: "Metabolic Syndrome after Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: At the Intersection of Treatment Toxicity and Immune Dysfunction" [Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2016;22:1159-1166]. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016 Dec;22(12):2286. PubMed PMID: 27500528
  • Kornblit B, Wang T, Lee SJ, Spellman SR, Zhu X, Fleischhauer K, Müller C, Verneris MR, Müller K, Johansen JS, Vindelov L, Garred P. YKL-40 in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation after AML and myelodysplastic syndrome. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2016 Dec;51(12):1556-1560. PubMed PMID: 27427920
  • Ballen K, Woo Ahn K, Chen M, Abdel-Azim H, Ahmed I, Aljurf M, Antin J, Bhatt AS, Boeckh M, Chen G, Dandoy C, George B, Laughlin MJ, Lazarus HM, MacMillan ML, Margolis DA, Marks DI, Norkin M, Rosenthal J, Saad A, Savani B, Schouten HC, Storek J, Szabolcs P, Ustun C, Verneris MR, Waller EK, Weisdorf DJ, Williams KM, Wingard JR, Wirk B, Wolfs T, Young JH, Auletta J, Komanduri KV, Lindemans C, Riches ML. Infection Rates among Acute Leukemia Patients Receiving Alternative Donor Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016 Sep;22(9):1636-1645. PubMed PMID: 27343716
  • Phelan R, Mann E, Napurski C, DeFor TE, Petryk A, Miller WP, Wagner JE, Verneris MR, Smith AR. Ovarian function after hematopoietic cell transplantation: a descriptive study following the use of GnRH agonists for myeloablative conditioning and observation only for reduced-intensity conditioning. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2016 Oct;51(10):1369-1375. PubMed PMID: 27272448
  • Lazaryan A, Wang T, Spellman SR, Wang HL, Pidala J, Nishihori T, Askar M, Olsson R, Oudshoorn M, Abdel-Azim H, Yong A, Gandhi M, Dandoy C, Savani B, Hale G, Page K, Bitan M, Reshef R, Drobyski W, Marsh SG, Schultz K, Müller CR, Fernandez-Viña MA, Verneris MR, Horowitz MM, Arora M, Weisdorf DJ, Lee SJ. Human leukocyte antigen supertype matching after myeloablative hematopoietic cell transplantation with 7/8 matched unrelated donor allografts: a report from the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research. Haematologica. 2016 Oct;101(10):1267-1274. PubMed PMID: 27247320
  • Arora M, Lee SJ, Spellman SR, Weisdorf DJ, Guan W, Haagenson M, Wang T, Horowitz MH, Verneris MR, Fleischhauer K, Hsu K, Thyagarajan B. Validation Study Failed to Confirm an Association between Genetic Variants in the Base Excision Repair Pathway and Transplant-Related Mortality and Relapse after Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016 Aug;22(8):1531-1532. PubMed PMID: 27155583
  • Eckfeldt CE, Randall N, Shanley RM, Yohe S, Bejanyan N, Dolan M, Warlick ED, Verneris MR, Brunstein CG, Wagner JE, Weisdorf DJ, Ustun C. Umbilical cord blood transplantation is a suitable option for consolidation of acute myeloid leukemia with FLT3-ITD. Haematologica. 2016 Aug;101(8):e348-51. PubMed PMID: 27125981
  • He F, Warlick E, Miller JS, MacMillan M, Verneris MR, Cao Q, Weisdorf D. Lymphodepleting chemotherapy with donor lymphocyte infusion post-allogeneic HCT for hematological malignancies is associated with severe, but therapy-responsive aGvHD. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2016 Aug;51(8):1107-12. PubMed PMID: 27064686
  • Turcotte LM, Yingst A, Verneris MR. Metabolic Syndrome after Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: At the Intersection of Treatment Toxicity and Immune Dysfunction. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016 Jul;22(7):1159-1166. PubMed PMID: 27013015
  • Vallera DA, Felices M, McElmurry R, McCullar V, Zhou X, Schmohl JU, Zhang B, Lenvik AJ, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, Verneris MR, Tolar J, Cooley S, Weisdorf DJ, Blazar BR, Miller JS. IL15 Trispecific Killer Engagers (TriKE) Make Natural Killer Cells Specific to CD33 Targets While Also Inducing Persistence, In Vivo Expansion, and Enhanced Function. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Jul 15;22(14):3440-50. PubMed PMID: 26847056
  • Knorr DA, Wang H, Aurora M, MacMillan ML, Holtan SG, Bergerson R, Cao Q, Weisdorf DJ, Cooley S, Brunstein C, Miller JS, Wagner JE, Blazar BR, Verneris MR. Loss of T Follicular Helper Cells in the Peripheral Blood of Patients with Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016 May;22(5):825-33. PubMed PMID: 26806586
  • Wilke C, Holtan SG, Sharkey L, DeFor T, Arora M, Premakanthan P, Yohe S, Vagge S, Zhou D, Holter Chakrabarty JL, Mahe M, Corvo R, Dusenbery K, Storme G, Weisdorf DJ, Verneris MR, Hui S. Marrow damage and hematopoietic recovery following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation for acute leukemias: Effect of radiation dose and conditioning regimen. Radiother Oncol. 2016 Jan;118(1):65-71. PubMed PMID: 26653357
  • Brunstein CG, Miller JS, McKenna DH, Hippen KL, DeFor TE, Sumstad D, Curtsinger J, Verneris MR, MacMillan ML, Levine BL, Riley JL, June CH, Le C, Weisdorf DJ, McGlave PB, Blazar BR, Wagner JE. Umbilical cord blood-derived T regulatory cells to prevent GVHD: kinetics, toxicity profile, and clinical effect. Blood. 2016 Feb 25;127(8):1044-51. PubMed PMID: 26563133
  • Turcotte LM, Verneris MR. Is It Better to Be Rich or Relaxed? Sociobiology Meets Bone Marrow Transplant. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Jan 1;22(1):6-8. PubMed PMID: 26482045
  • Cichocki F, Cooley S, Davis Z, DeFor TE, Schlums H, Zhang B, Brunstein CG, Blazar BR, Wagner J, Diamond DJ, Verneris MR, Bryceson YT, Weisdorf DJ, Miller JS. CD56dimCD57 NKG2C NK cell expansion is associated with reduced leukemia relapse after reduced intensity HCT. Leukemia. 2016 Feb;30(2):456-63. PubMed PMID: 26416461
  • Brunstein CG, Petersdorf EW, DeFor TE, Noreen H, Maurer D, MacMillan ML, Ustun C, Verneris MR, Miller JS, Blazar BR, McGlave PB, Weisdorf DJ, Wagner JE. Impact of Allele-Level HLA Mismatch on Outcomes in Recipients of Double Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2016 Mar;22(3):487-92. PubMed PMID: 26431630
  • Cichocki F, Verneris MR, Cooley S, Bachanova V, Brunstein CG, Blazar BR, Wagner J, Schlums H, Bryceson YT, Weisdorf DJ, Miller JS. The Past, Present, and Future of NK Cells in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Adoptive Transfer. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2016;395:225-43. PubMed PMID: 26037048
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Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatric Hematology / Oncology, Board Certification
Clinical Interest for Patients
My clinical and laboratory interests are in the area of leukemia and in using the immune system to treat cancer, whether that be through bone marrow transplantation or cellular therapy.

Care Philosophy
My care philosophy is to first and foremost be honest and forthright with information. I believe that it only in this way that parents and patients can make the best decisions about their care. I also try to engage both the family and the patient in the decision making process when it is possible and appropriate.

Personal Interests
I enjoy spending time watching my kids play hockey and lacrosse. I also enjoy listening to great music and eating good food.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Dartmouth Medical School (1992)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, Syracuse University (NY) (1987)
Internships:
  • Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University Program (1992)
Residency Programs:
  • Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University Program, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology (1995)
Fellowships:
  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics Program, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology (1998)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Heme/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplantation
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