Memorial Sloan Kettering clinical pathologist Scott Avecilla

Scott Avecilla, MD, PhD

Clinical Pathologist


Medical and Scientific Director, Cell Therapy Laboratory Services

Clinical Expertise

Cell Therapy; Coagulation and Hemostasis; Transfusion Medicine; Apheresis

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About Me


PhD, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences; MD, Weill Cornell Medical College


Clinical Pathology - University of Washington


Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking - New York Blood Center

Board Certifications

Clinical Pathology; Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

I am a clinical pathologist who specializes in the field of cellular therapy, which uses human cells to treat diseases such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other cancers where blood stem cell transplantation is the treatment of choice. As the medical and scientific director for the Cell Therapy Laboratory Service, I work with laboratory staff management to ensure that all processes and procedures used in the production of cellular therapy products are of the highest quality. I also work closely with my colleagues in the Bone Marrow Transplant Service to ensure that the needs of the patients are met in the most state-of-the-art and cost-effective manner.

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I have a strong interest in pursuing collaborative research and development objectives with my colleagues within the Department of Laboratory Medicine, the Bone Marrow Transplant Service, and other members of the MSK community. We strive to optimize hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) harvest protocols, develop better laboratory assays to standardize current HPC potency assays, and to work with the Flow Cytometry Laboratory to investigate enhanced flow cytometry processing and analysis protocols for HPC product characterization. We are also developing new processes to prevent graft-versus-host-disease by ways of novel ex vivo cell selections procedures.


Awards and Honors

  • Spirit of Transplant Award, FACT Cell Processing and Apheresis Teams (2017)


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