Akiko Shimamura, MD, PhD

Director, Bone Marrow Failure and Myelodysplastic Syndrome Program, Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Office Phone: 617-919-6109
Appointment Phone: 888-733-4662
Fax: 617-730-0934
Preferred Contact Method: Office phone


Treatment Centers
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Clinical Interests
Aplastic anemia, Bone marrow failure, Cancer predisposition, Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)


Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA  02115


Board Certifications
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 1997
Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 1997
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Pediatrics, 1994
Medical School
University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1991

Children with rare disorders, such as bone marrow failure and MDS, deserve the same level of medical care and the same chance to live a healthy life as children with more common disorders. We are striving to identify the causes of bone marrow failure and MDS to develop better treatments for these disorders. We partner with the patient, the family, and the referring physicians to work together as a team to develop and implement an individualized medical plan. My research spans basic scientific studies and clinical studies with the goal of improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients with bone marrow failure and MDS. Our patients benefit from access to the exciting scientific and clinical advances and cutting edge technologies developed by researchers at Harvard.

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