Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator,
St. David's South Austin Medical Center
As an oncology nurse for over 30 years, Julia Jacunski has worked in several stem cell transplant centers around the country in both inpatient and outpatient settings since the mid 1980s. This experience provides a unique perspective on the process of stem cell transplantation, including recognizing the benefit of stem cell transplantation as the only possibility of cure for certain patient populations. Julia appreciates the advances in the HLA matching, immunosuppressive therapy and supportive care management that has significantly decreased the morbidity and mortality of allogeneic and autologous transplants. Julia believes that these changes, based on research and evidence based practice, have made this an exciting time to be involved in stem cell transplant coordination, specifically at the growing program at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. Julia’s responsibilities include the coordination of patients referred for stem cell transplantation from their initial visit through administration of the stem cell product, both autologous and allogeneic. She also works with the National Marrow Donor Program to coordinate unrelated donor searches and procurement of stem cell products. Julia’s other responsibilities include patient and staff education and communicating with the comprehensive stem cell transplant team to track each candidate’s progress and care.
Patient and stem cell donor program coordination
- BA – Spanish, Knox College Galesburg Illinois (1986)
- BSN – Nursing, Rush University Chicago Illinois (1986)