Overcoming Barriers During COVID-19: Navigating Related Donor Transplant


On-demand webinar link


During the COVID-19 pandemic, partnerships are essential to ensure the safe delivery of donor products to patients. You’ll learn how the National Marrow Donor Program®(NMDP)/Be The Match® and ASTCT are supporting our Network, transplant patients and donors.

Our expert panelists will discuss:

  • An overview of the challenges faced by the transplant community during COVID-19
  • The importance of domestic and international partnerships in overcoming barriers
  • Strategies and processes implemented to ensure continuity of patient safety and care
  • Related Donor Services offered by the NMDP/Be The Match to support related donors and patients by resolving travel, logistical, and financial challenges during COVID-19
  • Related donor success stories, highlighting how obstacles to collection and transplant have been overcome


  • Julie Smolich, Senior Vice President, Provider Services, NMDP/Be The Match
  • Steven Devine, MD, Chief Medical Officer, NMDP/Be The Match, Associate Scientific Director, CIBMTR®
  • Miguel-Angel Perales, MD, Chief, Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Sara Hall, LCSW, Oncology Social Worker, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University


Visit our Related donor collections during COVID-19 webpage for information on how to get started with Related Donor Services.