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Morton Cowan, M.D.

Chief of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Dr. Morton J. Cowan is chief of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. He is recognized throughout the world for research in immunodeficiency diseases, the use of alternative donors and in utero stem cell transplantation. He performed the first bone marrow transplant at UCSF Medical Center for a child with severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID) in 1982, the first T-cell depleted transplant on the West Coast for a child with leukemia in 1985, and the first pure blood stem cell transplant from a parent to a child with SCID in North America.

Cowan earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in immunology at UCSF Medical Center. Cowan is the Principle Investigator of the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium which is an National Institute of Health funded research organization studying children with severe immune deficiencies representing institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

Clinics

Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
505 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor, Room M-659
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-2188

BMT Clinic at the Pediatric Treatment Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite A101
San Francisco, CA 94143-0134
Phone: (415) 353-2584

Immunology Center
400 Parnassus Ave, Second floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7337

Conditions & Treatments

More about Morton Cowan

Education

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1970

Residencies

Duke University, Surgery 1972
UCSF, Pediatrics 1977

Fellowships

UCSF, Pediatric Allergy Immunology 1979

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Savic RM, Cowan MJ, Dvorak CC, Pai SY, Pereira L, Bartelink IH, Boelens JJ, Bredius RG, Wynn RF, Cuvelier GD, Shaw PJ, Slatter MA, Long-Boyle J. Effect of weight and maturation on busulfan clearance in infants and small children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2013 Nov; 19(11):1608-14.
  2. Mangurian C, Cowan MJ. The missing vital sign. BMJ. 2013; 347:f4163.
  3. Dvorak CC, Cowan MJ, Logan BR, Notarangelo LD, Griffith LM, Puck JM, Kohn DB, Shearer WT, O'Reilly RJ, Fleisher TA, Pai SY, Hanson IC, Pulsipher MA, Fuleihan R, Filipovich A, Goldman F, Kapoor N, Small T, Smith A, Chan KW, Cuvelier G, Heimall J, Knutsen A, Loechelt B, Moore T, Buckley RH. The natural history of children with severe combined immunodeficiency: baseline features of the first fifty patients of the primary immune deficiency treatment consortium prospective study 6901. J Clin Immunol. 2013 Oct; 33(7):1156-64.
  4. Kwan A, Church JA, Cowan MJ, Agarwal R, Kapoor N, Kohn DB, Lewis DB, McGhee SA, Moore TB, Stiehm ER, Porteus M, Aznar CP, Currier R, Lorey F, Puck JM. Newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency and T-cell lymphopenia in California: results of the first 2 years. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 Jul; 132(1):140-50.
  5. Horn B, Cowan MJ. Unresolved issues in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for severe combined immunodeficiency: need for safer conditioning and reduced late effects. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2013 May; 131(5):1306-11.
  6. Dvorak CC, Gilman AL, Horn B, Oon CY, Dunn EA, Baxter-Lowe LA, Cowan MJ. Haploidentical related-donor hematopoietic cell transplantation in children using megadoses of CliniMACs-selected CD34(+) cells and a fixed CD3(+) dose. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2013 Apr; 48(4):508-13.
  7. Law J, Cowan MJ, Dvorak CC, Musick L, Long-Boyle JR, Baxter-Lowe LA, Horn B. Busulfan, fludarabine, and alemtuzumab as a reduced toxicity regimen for children with malignant and nonmalignant diseases improves engraftment and graft-versus-host disease without delaying immune reconstitution. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2012 Nov; 18(11):1656-63.
  8. Bao L, Cowan MJ, Dunham K, Horn B, McGuirk J, Gilman A, Lucas KG. Adoptive immunotherapy with CMV-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes for stem cell transplant patients with refractory CMV infections. J Immunother. 2012 Apr; 35(3):293-8.
  9. Eapen M, Ahn KW, Orchard PJ, Cowan MJ, Davies SM, Fasth A, Hassebroek A, Ayas M, Bonfim C, O'Brien TA, Gross TG, Horwitz M, Horwitz E, Kapoor N, Kurtzberg J, Majhail N, Ringden O, Szabolcs P, Veys P, Baker KS. Long-term survival and late deaths after hematopoietic cell transplantation for primary immunodeficiency diseases and inborn errors of metabolism. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2012 Sep; 18(9):1438-45.
  10. Ackerman SL, Lown EA, Dvorak CC, Dunn EA, Abrams DI, Horn BN, Degelman M, Cowan MJ, Mehling WE. Massage for children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation: a qualitative report. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012; 2012:792042.
  11. Mehling WE, Lown EA, Dvorak CC, Cowan MJ, Horn BN, Dunn EA, Acree M, Abrams DI, Hecht FM. Hematopoietic cell transplant and use of massage for improved symptom management: results from a pilot randomized control trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012; 2012:450150.
  12. Recher M, Berglund LJ, Avery DT, Cowan MJ, Gennery AR, Smart J, Peake J, Wong M, Pai SY, Baxi S, Walter JE, Palendira U, Tangye GA, Rice M, Brothers S, Al-Herz W, Oettgen H, Eibel H, Puck JM, Cattaneo F, Ziegler JB, Giliani S, Tangye SG, Notarangelo LD. IL-21 is the primary common ? chain-binding cytokine required for human B-cell differentiation in vivo. Blood. 2011 Dec 22; 118(26):6824-35.
  13. Xiao TZ, Singh K, Dunn E, Ramachandran R, Cowan MJ. T cell and B Cell immunity can be reconstituted with mismatched hematopoietic stem cell transplantation without alkylator therapy in artemis-deficient mice using anti-natural killer cell antibody and photochemically treated sensitized donor T cells. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2012 Feb; 18(2):200-9.
  14. Yu GP, Nadeau KC, Berk DR, de Saint Basile G, Lambert N, Knapnougel P, Roberts J, Kavanau K, Dunn E, Stiehm ER, Lewis DB, Umetsu DT, Puck JM, Cowan MJ. Genotype, phenotype, and outcomes of nine patients with T-B+NK+ SCID. Pediatr Transplant. 2011 Nov; 15(7):733-41.
  15. Marcus N, Takada H, Law J, Cowan MJ, Gil J, Regueiro JR, Plaza Lopez de Sabando D, Lopez-Granados E, Dalal J, Friedrich W, Manfred H, Hanson IC, Grunebaum E, Shearer WT, Roifman CM. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for CD3d deficiency. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Nov; 128(5):1050-7.
  16. Multhaup MM, Gurram S, Podetz-Pedersen KM, Karlen AD, Swanson DL, Somia NV, Hackett PB, Cowan MJ, McIvor RS. Characterization of the human artemis promoter by heterologous gene expression in vitro and in vivo. DNA Cell Biol. 2011 Oct; 30(10):751-61.
  17. Moratto D, Giliani S, Bonfim C, Mazzolari E, Fischer A, Ochs HD, Cant AJ, Thrasher AJ, Cowan MJ, Albert MH, Small T, Pai SY, Haddad E, Lisa A, Hambleton S, Slatter M, Cavazzana-Calvo M, Mahlaoui N, Picard C, Torgerson TR, Burroughs L, Koliski A, Neto JZ, Porta F, Qasim W, Veys P, Kavanau K, Hönig M, Schulz A, Friedrich W, Notarangelo LD. Long-term outcome and lineage-specific chimerism in 194 patients with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome treated by hematopoietic cell transplantation in the period 1980-2009: an international collaborative study. Blood. 2011 Aug 11; 118(6):1675-84.
  18. Kamani NR, Kumar S, Hassebroek A, Eapen M, LeRademacher J, Casper J, Cowan M, Sánchez de Toledo J, Ferster A, Szabolcs P, Wingard JR, Horwitz E, Filipovich AH. Malignancies after hematopoietic cell transplantation for primary immune deficiencies: a report from the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2011 Dec; 17(12):1783-9.
  19. Small TN, Cowan MJ. Immunization of hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients against vaccine-preventable diseases. Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2011 Mar; 7(2):193-203.
  20. Segal BH, Veys P, Malech H, Cowan MJ. Chronic granulomatous disease: lessons from a rare disorder. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2011 Jan; 17(1 Suppl):S123-31.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.