The advisory 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 safe manner.
David E. Sharp, M.D., Ph.D.
As 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.

Maria 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 Newark, NJ.

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.

Michael Lamacchia, MD

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.

He 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.

Arnold Rubin, M.D.
A 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.

Dr. 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.