Markus Y. Mapara, M.D., Ph.D.

Markus Y. Mapara, M.D., Ph.D.

New Patients Tel - 212 305-5098
New Patient Email -
Fax - 212-305-3035

Outpatients Office Location
Herbert Irving Pavilion 9th floor
161 Fort Washington Ave at W. 165th St.
New York, NY

Physician Summary

Dr. Mapara is the Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) Program at Columbia University Medical Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Mapara primarily cares for patients with Hematologic Malignancies undergoing autologous and allogeneic blood or marrow transplantation. His particular focus is on patients with Multiple Myeloma, Lymphoma and acute or chronic Leukemia.

His major basic and clinical research is focused on studying the fundamental principles of bone marrow/blood stem cell transplantation in order to improve the outcome of patients hematologic malignancies undergoing BMT.

Dr. Mapara’s lab is interested in studying the early molecular signaling events during conditioning therapy-induced inflammatory reactions and the development of Graft versus Host Disease (GVHD) in order to identify novel druggable targets to prevent and and/or treat GVHD. His research was recognized with the German Chugai Science Award in Stem Cell Transplantation.

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 Charitè 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 Charitè in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Mapara was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute as an 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, the biggest NMDP and FACT-accredited program in Western Pennsylvania with 120-140 transplants per year. He is a member of numerous medical societies.

Clinical Expertise

  • Stem Cell transplantation,
  • Myeloma, Lymphoma, Leukemia
  • Graft versus Host Disease

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine (Germany)
  • Hematology and Oncology (Germany)


  • Director, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


  • M.D., 1990, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany 
  • Ph.D., 1993, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Habilitation 2003

Internship and Residency

  • University of Heidelberg/Germany, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine 1992
  • University Medical Center Charite, Humboldt University, Berlin/Germany, Department of Medicine, Hematology, Oncology and Tumorimmunology 1992-1998


  • University Medical Center Charite, Humboldt University, Department of Medicine, Hematology, Oncology and Tumor Immunology 1992 - 1998
  • Transplantation Biology Research Center, Mass. General Hospital, Boston, Harvard University 1998-2001