committee is comprised of four medical specialists, all experts
in the fields of stem cells, blood banking and maternity medicine.
The committee’s purpose is to keep the cord blood staff
updated on new stem cell technology, procedures and protocols.
Committee members also suggest alternatives to existing procedures,
and review and address any issues, questions or concerns that
arise, to ensure the program is operating in an efficient and
E. Sharp, M.D., Ph.D.
medical director of Community Blood Services, Dr. Sharp is
responsible for donor services (collection), the processing
laboratory and hospital services. In addition, he serves as
medical director for the Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program
and The HLA Registry.
Previously, he was an associate physician
of laboratory medicine and director of the donor room, transfusion
service and therapeutic apheresis service at Geisinger Medical
Center, Danville, Pa; medical director for the American
Red Cross, Northeastern Pennsylvania Region Blood Services,
Wilkes Barre, Pa.; associate medical director, Community
Blood Center, Dayton, Ohio; program medical director, Grand
Valley Blood Program; vice president for medical affairs,
Michigan Community Blood Center, Grand Rapids, Mich,; staff
physician in the Department of Blood Banking, the Cleveland
Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio; medical director of
the Blood Bank and assistant professor at the Medical College
of Virginia in Richmond; assistant professor at Brown University
in Providence, RI.; and assistant pathologist at Memorial
Hospital, Pawtucket, RI.
He received his A.B., M.D. and Ph.D. degrees
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He
is a member of the College of American Pathologists, American
Association of Blood Banks, American Society of Apheresis,
and International Society for Cellular Therapy.
Dr. Sharp has co-authored a dozen published
scientific papers and chapters in two books, and has given
numerous talks and presentations.
Teresa Bitar, M.D.
Dr. Bitar is an attending physician in the
departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Practice
of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson,
NJ. In addition, she heads the medical center’s Breast,
Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, and has
a private practice in Totowa, NJ.
She is also a member of the obstetrics and
gynecology staff at St. Michael’s Medical Center in
Dr. Bitar is a certified diplomate of the
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an EduCare
breast health educator. She is a junior fellow of the American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of
the American Association of GYN Laparoscopists.
Dr. Bitar received her medical degree from
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and did her residency
at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ.
Dr. Lamacchia currently is vice president
of clinical services and director of pediatric infectious
diseases in the Department of Pediatrics at Maimonides Hospital
in Brooklyn, NY. Previously, he was director of medical education
and research at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center
in Paterson, NJ.
Dr. Lamacchia received his medical degree
from the Universita Degli Studi Di Pisa, Italy. He did his
residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and was
a pediatric infectious disease fellow at the University of
California, Los Angeles.
is board certified in pediatric infectious diseases and pediatrics
and is a member of the American Medical Association, American
Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society,
American Society for Microbiology, Infectious Disease Society
of America and American Society of Tropical Medicine.
world-renowned cancer researcher, Dr. Rubin is professor of
medicine at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick,
NJ. Previously, he was chief of oncology at St. Joseph’s
Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.
He is the author of more than 50 articles,
has edited three books, and written more than 30 abstracts
related to his cancer research, focusing on leukemia, lymphoma,
immunology and bone marrow transplantation.
Dr. Rubin has received numerous grants and
awards from such prestigious organizations as the Leukemia
Society of America, the National Cancer Institute and The
Atomic Energy Commission.
He has been affiliated with numerous hospitals
in northern New Jersey, as well as many teaching institutions,
including Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical
Education, South Orange, NJ; the College of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey; Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NY; The Valley
Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ; Barnert Hospital, Paterson, NJ; Chilton
Memorial Hospital, Pompton Plains, NJ; Holy Name Hospital,
Teaneck, NJ; Tufts New England School of Medicine, Mass.;
National Institutes of Health, Md.; Yale-New Haven Medical
Center, Conn.; and New York University, Department of Pathology.
Dr. Rubin is chairman of the Board of Trustees
at Community Blood Services. He is a member of the ISHAGE,
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, American
Society of Hematology and American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Rubin received his B.A degree from Harvard University and
his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and
Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology.