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The Ottawa Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program is a regional transplant facility that performs approximately 200 transplants per year.  Autologous (self) and Allogeneic (donor) transplants are performed for both malignant and non-malignant diseases.  Our multidisciplinary team will strive to provide you with the highest quality care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

The BMT program at The Ottawa Hospital was the first program outside of the United States to receive accreditation from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).  In 2020, our program received its seventh accreditation, including certification for immune effector cell (IEC) administration, or CAR T therapy.

Our Services:

Throughout your bone marrow transplant journey, you will meet many teams of health-care providers committed to ensuring that you receive the most compassionate and highest quality care possible. These teams include:

  • Module L – an ambulatory care clinic located on the second floor of the Ottawa Hospital General Campus.  Module L offers various clinics to meet your needs at each phase of the transplant process.
  • Medical Day Care Unit (MDCU) – an outpatient treatment unit located in room 5333 on the 5th floor of the Ottawa Hospital General Campus. MDCU provides care to many patients with varying needs including bone marrow transplant patients at different stages of treatment.
  • BMT Day Hospital Program – located on the 5th floor of the Ottawa Hospital General Campus.  This program allows us to provide you with care while you undergo the transplant phase of treatment.  The unit is open from 0730h to 1930h and allows you to come in for daily treatment and assessment and then return home to your family or caregiver.  As a day hospital patient, physician coverage is available to you 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
  • 5 West – an inpatient unit located on the 5th floor of the Ottawa Hospital General Campus specializing in the care of leukemia and bone marrow transplant patients. To ensure your care needs and standards of infection control are met, during your stay you will be in a private room. To ensure your safety and the safety of our other patients, visiting hours on 5 west differ from the standard hospital visiting hours. Your care team will review this with you and your family on admission.

Our Team:

In the BMT program, we are pleased to provide you with an interdisciplinary approach to care. Our team includes Registered Nurses, Hematologists, Clinical Associates, Clinical Pharmacists, Dieticians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Social Workers.  Our team also includes:

Sheryl McDiarmid

Advance Practice Nurse (APN) – Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Sheryl McDiarmid,  RN, BScN, MEd, MBA, AOCN, ACNP, CVAA©, CRNI®Sheryl is a Registered Nurse who has a Master’s degree in education and extensive BMT clinical knowledge.  As the APN, Sheryl works closely with the attending physician and other BMT team members to provide care to our patients throughout the transplant process.  The APN is also responsible for coordinating complex treatment plans and preparing protocols.


BMT Program and Module L Manager:

Carey Landry, BSc, PhD:  Carey’s role as BMT Program manager is to oversee the daily operations of the BMT program and outpatient clinic. She works closely with the BMT team to develop, implement, manage, and evaluate administrative operations and resources while ensuring continuous quality improvement and process innovation for the best patient experience and outcome. 

Kate and StephanieClinical Manager and Clinical Care Leader 5West, BMT, and 5LEU:

Kate Oram (Clinical Manager, RN, BScN) and Stephanie Shutron (Clinical Care Leader, RN, BScN):
Kate and Stephanie are registered nurses who oversee the day-to-day operations of the inpatient and outpatient units. They work very closely with the entire BMT team to ensure things are running smoothly and that you receive the best care possible. They are excellent resources if you have any concerns.  Their offices are located on 5 West.

Head of Malignant Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation:

Dr. Christopher Bredeson, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr. Christopher Bredeson received a medical degree from the University of Ottawa. His post-doctorate training included an internship and residency in internal medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, as well as a residency in clinical hematology and a fellowship in the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology also from the University of Ottawa. After a decade at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Bredeson returned to Ottawa to run our BMT program at The Ottawa Hospital. His experience and expertise in the field of bone marrow transplantation helps us to ensure that you receive the most evidence-based treatment possible.

To Make a Referral with the BMT Program

Referrals are accepted from physicians’ offices, as well as other treatment facilities.  You may be referred to us if you have or are suspected to have:

  • Acute or Chronic Leukemia
  • Aplastic Anemia, or undiagnosed pancytopenia
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Autoimmune Illnesses
  • Undergone stem cell transplant at another centre

Contact Us:

The Ottawa Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
Box 704
501 Smyth Road
K1H 8L6

BMT Office

Pre-Transplant Visits:
Tel: 613-737-8227
Fax:  613-737-8861
Hours: Mon-Fri 08:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Post-Transplant Visits:
Tel: 613-737-8158
Fax:  613-737-8861
Hours: Mon – Fri 08:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Emergency 24 hour access number for BMT patients:

613-739-6962- ask for the hematologist on call

Last updated on: September 1st, 2020