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Catherine M. Bollard, MBChB, MD, Immunology Expert, Joins Children’s National

October 09, 2013

Washington, DC— Children’s National Health System announced the appointment of Catherine M. Bollard, MBChB, MD, FRACP, FRCPA, as a senior scientist in the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at the Children’s Research Institute, a member of the Division of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the Immunology Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. In this role, she will lead clinical and research efforts to fight cancer and other inflammatory diseases by strengthening a child’s immune system.

A distinguished hematologist and immunotherapist, Dr. Bollard’s research interests focus on three different areas including developing cell and gene therapies for patients with cancer and underlying immune deficiencies. She is also interested in stem cell and cord blood transplantation, and improving outcomes by decreasing infectious complications and preventing relapse. She also has a specific interest in cell therapies for EBV-associated lymphomas and as head of the NHL committee of the Children’s Oncology Group is moving cell therapies to the cooperative group setting.

“As a leader in the area of immunology/immunotherapy, Dr. Bollard’s work will be an asset to strengthening programs within Children’s Research Institute, the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, and the Blood and Marrow Transplantation Division,” said Mark Batshaw, MD, Physician-in-Chief and Chief Academic Officer of Children’s National. “Her work will expand our ability to learn about and care for cancer patients.”

Dr. Bollard joins Children’s National from the Baylor College of Medicine where she was a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine and Immunology, at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Texas Children’s Hospital, The Methodist Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Otago University Medical School in New Zealand.

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About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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