LUPUS SPECIALIST ANNE E. TRAYNOR, MD, NAMED DIRECTOR OF STEM CELL TRANSPLANTION FOR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES AT UMASS MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER

January 8, 2004

WORCESTER, Mass.—Ann E. Traynor, MD, has joined UMass Memorial Medical Center as the director of stem cell transplantation for autoimmune diseases in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology.  She has also been appointed associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Traynor comes to UMass Memorial and UMMS from Northwestern University in Chicago, where she was director of stem cell transplantation for systemic lupus and assistant professor of medicine. She brings to central Massachusetts extensive research and clinical expertise developed in the Division of Immune Therapy and Cell Therapy at Northwestern, where she conducted clinical trials into stem cell transplantation for a range of cancers and autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s Disease as well as lupus. Traynor is establishing related clinical trials at UMass Memorial.

Author of dozens of peer-reviewed studies, Traynor’s research has been funded by a variety of sources including the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Leukemia Society of America. She is currently co-principal investigator and director of the Systemic Lupus Project, part of a $9 million National Institutes of Health-funded multicenter investigation into hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for autoimmune disease.

Traynor earned her medical degree at George Washington University after receiving a BA from Boston University. After her residency in internal medicine at the University of Vermont at Burlington, she completed fellowships in clinical hematology and research oncology at the Mayo Clinic and Northwestern, respectively. She is board-certified in internal medicine, with subspecialty certifications in hematology and oncology.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services.  UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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