Comprehensive Care from Beginning to Recovery

Our highly qualified team is both multicultural and multidisciplinary. This allows special sensitivity to the individual needs of all our patients from initial referral and evaluation, through transplantation and recovery, to follow-up visits and the healthy return to the referring physician's care. Our team will make sure that all the changes and transitions experienced are as easy and simple as possible. We are here to help educate and support our patients to help them become and remain well.

Transplant Team

Transplant Physician

Hisham Abdel-Azim, MD
Quan Zhao, MD

Nurse Practitioner

Walter Sosa

Nurse Clinicians

Melissa Guarneri

Nurse Coordinators

Heather Cox

Financial Coordinator

Mary Grace Cruz

Nurse Research Coordinators

Nicolle Glover


Erika Wass

Social Workers

Case Manager

Lori Estrada


Beverly Joy

Did You Know?

Loma Linda University Children's Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) for its' highest quality patient care and lab performance.

Supportive Team

Nursing Leadership

Elizabeth Rankin
Scarlett Czarnecki
Sherry Nolfe

Nurse Managers

Jennifer Pedersen
Sonia Dickerson

Quality Improvement & Education

Elizabeth Rankin
Michelle Apostol
Rachael Walker


Anna Salisbury
Pam Yong

Physical Therapist

Cassandra Borba
Krista Wendt

Neuro-Psychological Services

Jamie Pivonka-Jones, PhD
Kiti Freier
Veronica Regueiro
Sharis Rostamian