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Cellular Therapy Specialist - Orlando Health Cancer Institute Bone Marrow & Cellular Therapy

Department: ONC BMT Lab
Full Time
ReqID: req36164

Orlando Health Cancer Institute, as a premier cancer care provider in Florida, Orlando Health Cancer Institute has developed a strategy of collaborative cancer care engaging highly specialized experts providing multidisciplinary, compassionate care while treating each patient as a unique individual. The center’s approach to providing the highest quality of patient care at every level is founded on a commitment to excellence and innovation, including:

  • Bringing the newest drugs and available treatments to patients through a robust clinical trials program.
  • Being a first-in-market leader to bring leading-edge cancer technologies to Central
    Florida, such as a robotic-assisted endoluminal platform for minimally invasive lung
    biopsy, and the launch of cellular therapy and bone marrow transplant programs.
  • Enhancing access to care with five treatment locations and several practice locations
    that enable us to deliver services deeper into communities, and expanded virtual
    appointment and consultation options.
  • Treating the “whole” patient through holistic therapies enhanced by our Cancer Support

The Orlando Health Cancer InstituteBone Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy Program is currently seeking a Cellular Therapy Specialist, to join a new and growing program. The facility supports the Bone Marrow and Cellular Therapy Transplant Program. The Cellular Therapy Specialist will function as a member of the clinical Bone Marrow and Cellular Therapy Program by assisting in the processing, concentration, cryopreservation, storing, thawing, flow cytometry analysis, and the infusion of peripheral stem cell or bone marrow products used for hematopoietic rescue or bone marrow transplant.


Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science or related field.


  • Current Florida license as a Medical Technologist certified in the specialty/specialties required by the laboratory section assigned –renewed biannually.
  • Medical Technologist (ASCP) by American Society of Clinical Pathologists


  • Minimum of five years of experience in clinical lab, research, or related environment.
  • Minimum of three years lab experience in bone marrow processing and stem cell processing with exposure to Cellular Therapy QA, FACT, blood banking, and hematology.
  • Must understand the regulatory/accreditation requirements of the laboratory; be familiar with quality management, quality assurance and quality control principles; be familiar with computers for word processing, spreadsheets, data analysis and creation of graphs and charts. Requires self-motivation, resourcefulness, flexibility, self-discipline, good organizational skills and the ability to recognize the need for action when no directive may be given. Must have demonstrated leadership, communication (oral and written), problem solving and organizational ability.

Essential Functions

  • Processes autologous and allogeneic HPCs, as requested by the physician in accordance with developed procedures and protocols. Is able to work without supervision. Performs calculations during processing to assess product yields. Uses aseptic technique while performing all cell processing procedures. Investigates and resolves any problems with procedures or processes.
  • Develops techniques for processing HPCs. Performs validation processes on new instrumentation and equipment.
  • Communicates with physicians, transplant nurses, and transplant coordinators to schedule apheresis (HPC-A) collections, marrow harvests, HPC infusions, and to report daily processing yields. Participates in multidisciplinary meetings to review and assess patient status and issues concerning patients or donors.
  • Assists the marrow harvest team in the collection and filtering of marrow from normal
    donors and autologous patients in the operating room.
  • Identifies and transfers frozen HPCs from the storage freezer to the transport container.
    Ensures the secure transportation of HPCs to the designated location. Is responsible for
    patient and component verification for the infusion of stem cell products. Thaws the cryopreserved HPCs and assists the nursing and medical staff during the infusion or transplantation of the HPCs or marrow.
  • Collects and labels required laboratory samples. Creates and maintains accurate and complete charts of patient and donor laboratory results, consents, prescriptions, processing worksheets, and cryopreservation and infusion records. Performs internal assessments and develops outcome analysis forms for review by the medical director.
  • Develops, prepares, and updates policies and procedures according to Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), College of American Pathologist (CAP), Joint Commission, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and/or state regulatory guidelines. Implements and follows policies and procedures. Participates in the review of treatment protocols and procedures.
  • Performs Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell, Apheresis, Bone Marrow, Cord Blood Product processing, receipt, release, and issue per standard operating procedures.
  • Performs quality control and preventive maintenance on instrumentation and equipment in the Cellular Therapy laboratory. Maintains records of all maintenance performed.
  • Monitors and maintains a secure storage depository for cryopreserved HPCs. Performs
    inventory review of cryopreserved HPCs.
  • Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies
    and procedures. Immediately reports any mechanical or electrical equipment malfunctions, unsafe conditions, or employee, patient, or visitor injuries or accidents to management.
  • Mathematical Skills
    Ability to perform advanced mathematical calculations.
  • Reasoning Ability
    • Ability to make independent decisions within established parameters.
    • Ability to prioritize required duties and responsibilities.
    • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
    • Ability to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
    • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with concrete variables in situations in which only limited standardization exists.
  • Maintains reasonably regular, punctual attendance consistent with Orlando Health policies, the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.
  • Maintains compliance with all Orlando Health policies and procedures.


ADDRESS: 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando Health Cancer Institute Orlando FL 32806


Orlando Health is one of Florida's most comprehensive private, not-for-profit healthcare networks, and is based in Orlando, FL. Our facilities, advanced medical treatments and procedures, and highly qualified staff have distinguished Orlando Health as a healthcare leader for nearly two million Central Florida residents and 10,000 international visitors annually. Click here to learn more about Orlando Health.