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Speak with one of our New Patient Coordinators to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or request a second opinion. In urgent cases, we can typically see new patients within 24 hours.

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Our Affiliations
HMS Affiliate

Dana-Farber/Boston Children's is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Our Affiliations

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

Appointment Phone

  • 888-733-4662 (New Pediatric Patients)
  • 617-632-3270 (Established Pediatric Patients)


  • 617-730-0934


Treatment Centers


Clinical Interests

Aplastic anemia, Bone marrow failure, Cancer predisposition, Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)



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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