Michele Lyne Donato, M.D.
Michele L. Donato, MD, FACP, CPE, has more than 20 years of clinical and research experience in cellular therapy and bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. She is a leader in the application of stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant diseases and in the administration of immunotherapy. She was at the forefront of the development of photopheresis, which is used for the treatment of chronic graft-versus-host disease (a potential complication of bone marrow and stem cell transplantation in which cells from the donor attack tissues of the recipient). At John Theurer Cancer Center, she leads one of the region’s largest bone marrow and stem cell transplant programs and one of the world’s largest photopheresis centers.
One possible treatment recently came to light – infusing plasma rich with antibodies, donated from recovered COVID-19 patients, into very ill COVID-19 patients.