History of Our Program

Here's an overview of the distinguished history of the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) program at Ohio State's Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute:


  • Established in January at The Ohio State University Medical Center as a one-bed inpatient unit.
  • Performed the first BMT February 13, 1984.
  • Performed only allogeneic transplants using sibling donors.


  • Performed the first autologous bone marrow transplant.
  • Reached the 100th transplant milestone.
  • Increased to a nine-bed inpatient unit.
  • Established an outpatient Day Care Unit for transplant patients.


  • Opened the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. 
  • Increased to a 12-bed inpatient unit.
  • Performed first autologous transplant using peripheral blood stem cells.
  • Achieved first transplant using an unrelated voluntary donor.


  • Reached the 500th transplant milestone.


  • Performed first allogeneic peripheral blood transplant.
  • Reached the 1,000th transplant milestone.


  • Performed first reduced intensity or non-myeloablative (mini) allogeneic transplant.


  • Celebrated 20-year anniversary of the BMT Program.


  • Increased to a 24-bed inpatient unit.
  • Performed more than 2,000 stem cell transplants.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: jamesline@osumc.edu