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Markus Y. Mapara, MD, PhD

Board Certifications: 
Medical Oncology, Hematology
Expertise in: 
Cancer Care, Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation
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Credentials & Experience

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Board Certifications

  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology

Clinical Expertise

  • Cancer Care
  • Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Amyloidosis
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia

Education & Training

  • University of Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Internship: University of Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Residency: Humboldt University, Faculty of Medicine (Germany)
  • Fellowship: Humboldt University, Faculty of Medicine (Germany)

About Markus Mapara

Markus Y. Mapara, M.D., Ph.D. - Director, Blood & Marrow Transplantation Program

Dr. Mapara is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and the Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT). Dr. Mapara graduated from the University of Heidelberg Medical School/Germany, and received his post-graduate training in Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology at the Universities of Heidelberg and the University Medical Center Charite of the Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany. In addition, he completed a research fellowship at the Transplantation Biology Research Center of the Massachusetts General Hospital at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. As Assistant Professor of Medicine, he headed the Hematologic Intensive Care Unit and served as deputy director of the Stem Cell Transplantation unit at the University Medical Center Charité in Berlin, Germany. Before coming to Columbia, Dr. Mapara was Associate Professor of Medicine (with tenure) at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and served as the Director of the Adult Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Program.

Academic Titles

  • Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Positions

  • Director, Adult Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, Columbia University Medical Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Languages

  • German
  • French

Gender

  • Male

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs Plan

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

TRICARE

  • TRICARE

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs Plan

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Contact & Locations

1
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
Phone:
(212) 305-5098
Fax:
(212) 305-8111
Primary

Research

The research in this laboratory is primarily focused on developing new approaches to improve the outcome of patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Grants

A PHASE 1/2 STUDY OF THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF A SINGLE DOSE OF AUTOLOGOUS CRISPR-CAS9 MODIFIED CD34+ HUMAN HEMATOPOIETIC STEM AND PROGENITOR CELLS (HHSPCS) IN SUBJECTS WITH TRANSFUSION-DEPENDENT ?-THALASSEMIA (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Aug 20 2019 - Aug 20 2024

PHASE 1/2 STUDY TO EVALUATE THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF A SINGLE DOSE OF AUTOLOGOUS CRISPR-CAS9 MODIFIED CD34+ HUMAN HEMATOPOIETIC STEM AND PROGENITOR CELLS (CTX001) IN SUBJECTS WITH SEVERE SICKLE CELL DISEASE (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Feb 22 2019 - Feb 22 2024

GRAVITAS-301: A RANDOMIZED, DOUBLE-BLIND, PLACEBO-CONTROLLED PHASE 3 STUDY OF ITACITINIB OR PLACEBO IN COMBINATION WITH CORTICOSTEROIDS FOR THE TREATMENT OF FIRST-LINE ACUTE GRAFT-VERSUS-HOST DISEASE (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Nov 15 2017 - Nov 15 2022

GRAFT ENGINEERING OF ALLOGENEIC HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL PRODUCTS WITH MOLECULAR CASCADES (Federal Gov)

Jun 1 2018 - Feb 28 2022

ROLE OF MMP13 IN MULTIPLE MYELOMA BONE DISEASE (Federal Gov)

Dec 4 2013 - Nov 30 2019

A RANDOMIZED, DOUBLE-BLIND, PLACEBO-CONTROLLED, PHASE 3 TRIAL TO EVALUATE THE PROTECTIVE EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF A THERAPEUTIC VACCINE, ASP0113, IN CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV)-SEROPOSITIVE RECIPIENTS UNDERGOING ALLOGENEIC, HEMATOPOIETIC CELL TRANSPLANT (HCT) (P&S Industry Clinical Trial)

Aug 1 2014 - Aug 1 2019

ROLE OF STAT1 AND STAT3 IN GRAFT V. HOST DISEASE AND GRAFT V. LEUKEMIA EFFECTS (Federal Gov)

Sep 19 2008 - Aug 31 2015

Selected Publications

  • Choi SW, Braun T, Chang L, Ferrara JL, Pawarode A, Magenau JM, Hou G, Beumer JH, Levine JE, Goldstein S, Couriel DR, Stockerl-Goldstein K, Krijanovski OI, Kitko C, Yanik GA, Lehmann MH, Tawara I, Sun Y, Paczesny S, Mapara MY, Dinarello CA, DiPersio JF, Reddy P. Vorinostat plus tacrolimus and mycophenolate to prevent graft-versus-host disease after related-donor reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic haemopoietic stem-cell transplantation: a phase 1/2 trial. The Lancet Oncology. 2014;15(1):87-95. 4103793
  • Stenger EO, Rosborough BR, Mathews LR, Ma H, Mapara MY, Thomson AW, Turnquist HR. IL-12hi rapamycin-conditioned dendritic cells mediate IFN-gamma-dependent apoptosis of alloreactive CD4+ T cells in vitro and reduce lethal graft-versus-host disease. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2014;20(2):192-201. 3964782
  • Ganjoo KN, de Vos S, Pohlman BL, Flinn IW, Forero-Torres A, Enas NH, Cronier DM, Dang NH, Foon KA, Carpenter SP, Slapak CA, Link BK, Smith MR, Mapara MY, Wooldridge JE. Phase 1/2 Study of Ocaratuzumab, an Fc-Engineered Humanized Anti-CD20 Monoclonal Antibody, in Low-Affinity FcgammaRIIIa Patients with Previously Treated Follicular Lymphoma. Leukemia & lymphoma. 2015;56(1):42-8.
  • Mapara MY. Reprogramming donor T cells for adoptive immunotherapy. Immunotherapy. 2013;5(12):1287-9.
  • Mapara MY. The quest for the optimal conditioning regimen: some answers, more questions. Biology of blood and marrow transplantation  2013;19(9):1275-6.
  • Armand P, Nagler A, Weller EA, Devine SM, Avigan DE, Chen YB, Kaminski MS, Holland HK, Winter JN, Mason JR, Fay JW, Rizzieri DA, Hosing CM, Ball ED, Uberti JP, Lazarus HM, Mapara MY, Gregory SA, Timmerman JM, Andorsky D, Or R, Waller EK, Rotem-Yehudar R, Gordon LI. Disabling immune tolerance by programmed death-1 blockade with pidilizumab after autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: results of an international phase II trial. Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. 2013;31(33):4199-206.
  • Monaghan SA, Dai L, Mapara MY, Normolle DP, Gollin SM, Lentzsch S. Longitudinal bone marrow evaluations for myelodysplasia in patients with myeloma before and after treatment with lenalidomide. Leukemia & lymphoma. 2013;54(9):1965-74. 4208434
  • Qu Z, Fu J, Ma H, Zhou J, Jin M, Mapara MY, Grusby MJ, Xiao G.2012. PDLIM2 restricts Th1 and Th17 differentiation and prevents autoimmune disease. Cell Biosci. 2(1):23. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 2273140
  • Lentzsch S, O'Sullivan A, Kennedy RC, Abbas M, Dai L, Pregja SL, Burt S, Boyiadzis M, Roodman GD, Mapara MY, Agha M, Waas J, Shuai Y, Normolle D, Zonder JA Combination of bendamustine, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (BLD) in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma is feasible and highly effective: results of phase 1/2 open-label, dose escalation study. Blood. 2012. 119(20):4608-13 PMID: 22451423
  • Stenger EO, Turnquist HR, Mapara MY, Thomson AW.2012. Dendritic cells and regulation of graft-versus-host disease and graft-versus-leukemia activity. Blood. 2012. 119:5088-103. PMID: 22403259
  • Ma HH, L. C, Ziegler J, Sepulveda A, Liu A, Okada H, Lentzsch S, Mapara MY.2011. Absence of Stat1 in donor CD4+ T cells promotes the expansion of Tregs and reduces graft-versus-host disease in mice. J Clin Invest. 121:2554-69
  • Ma HH, Ziegler J, Li C, Sepulveda A, Bedeir, A, Grandis J, Lentzsch S, Mapara MY.2011. Sequential Activation of Inflammatory Signaling Pathways During Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD): Early Role for STAT1 and STAT3. Cell.Immunol. 268:37-46
  • Li S, Pal R, Monaghan SA, Schafer P, Ouyang H, Mapara M, Galson DL, Lentzsch S.2011. IMiD immunomodulatory compounds block C/EBP{beta} translation through eIF4E down-regulation resulting in inhibition of MM. Blood. 117:5157-65. Epub 2011 Mar 9.
  • Randhawa PS, Farasati NA, Huang Y, Mapara MY. 2011. Shapiro R Viral drug sensitivity testing using quantitative PCR: effect of tyrosine kinase inhibitors on polyomavirus BK replication. Am J Clin Pathol.134:916-20.
  • Pal R, Janz M, Galson DL, Gries M, Li S, Johrens K, Anagnostopoulos I, Dorken B, Mapara MY, Borghesi L, Kardava L, Roodman GD, Milcarek C, Lentzsch S. 2009. C/EBP{beta} regulates transcription factors critical for proliferation and survival of multiple myeloma cells.Blood. 114:2890-8. PMID: 19717648
  • Feng, R, Anderson, G, Xiao, G, Elliott, G, Leoni, L, Mapara, MY, Roodman, GD, and Lentzsch, S. 2007 SDX-308, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent, inhibits NF-kappaB activity, resulting in strong inhibition of osteoclast formation/activity and multiple myeloma cell growth. Blood, 109: 2130-2138. PMID:17095620
  • Mapara MY, Leng C, Kim YM, Bronson R, Lokshin A, Luster A, Sykes M. 2006. Expression of Chemokines in GVHD Target Organs Is Influenced by Conditioning and Genetic Factors and Amplified by GVHR. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 12:623-634. PMID:16737935
  • Leng C, Gries M, Ziegler J, Lokshin A, Mascagni P, Lentzsch S, Mapara MY. 2006. Reduction of graft-versus-host disease by histone deacetylase inhibitor suberonylanilide hydroxamic acid is associated with modulation of inflammatory cytokine milieu and involves inhibition of STAT1. Exp Hematol. 34:776-87. PMID: 16728283
  • Lentzsch S, Gries M, Janz M, Bargou R, Dorken B, Mapara MY. 2003. Macrophage inflammatory protein-1alpha (MIP-1{alpha}) triggers migration and signaling cascades mediating survival and proliferation in multiple myeloma (MM) cells. Blood. 101: 3568-3573PMID: 12506012
  • Mapara M.Y., Kim,YM, Marx JE, Sykes M 2003. DLI-mediated GVL effects in mixed chimeras established with a nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen: extinction of GVL effects following conversion to full donor chimerism. Transplantation 76:297-305. PMID: 12883182
  • Mapara M. Y., Y.-M. Kim, S.P. Wang, R. Bronson, D.H. Sachs and M. Sykes. 2002. Donor lymphocyte infusions (DLI) mediate superior GVL effects in mixed compared to fully allogeneic chimeras: A critical role for host antigen presenting cells. Blood 100: 1903-1909. PMID: 12176915
  • Mapara, M.Y., I.J. Körner, M. Hildebrandt, R. Bargou, D. Krahl, P. Reichardt, and B. Dörken. 1997. Monitoring of Tumor cell purging after highly efficient immunomagnetic selection of CD34 cells from leukapheresis products in breast cancer patients: comparison of immunocytochemical tumor cell staining and RT-PCR. Blood 89:337 - 344.PMID: 8978310
  • Wolff, G., I.J. Körner, W. Arnold, A. Schuhmacher, B. Dörken, and M.Y.Mapara. 1998. Purging of Breast Cancer Cells by Short Term Administration of Cytosine Deaminase and 5 Fluorocytosine Prevents Tumor Growth after Transplantation Hum Gene Ther 9:2277-84.PMID: 9794211