What is Multiple Myeloma?

Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects plasma cells. Each year, approximately 30,000 people are diagnosed with multiple myeloma. It is a disease that can affect anyone at any age, though the average age at diagnosis is 70 years. Because it is a cancer of the blood, the impact can be widespread, with potential to affect the immune system, kidneys, bones, and other types of blood cell production such as red blood cells and platelets. It is a chronic disease that requires specialized care.

GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program

The GW Cancer Center offers a comprehensive program for treatment of people with multiple myeloma. It is the first and only program of its kind in the D.C. metropolitan area, providing a true multi-disciplinary approach by an experienced team of healthcare providers. The team includes physicians specializing in hematology, hematopathology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nephrology, and orthopedics; as well as nurses, social workers, patient navigators, dieticians, and financial counselors. Imad Tabbara, MD is the Director of the GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program and he supervises all care provided to our patients.

GWCC Multiple Myeloma Patient Support Group

The GWCC Multiple Myeloma Patient Support Group is open to all patients with multiple myeloma, whether they are undergoing treatment at GWCC or elsewhere. Family members and caregivers are also welcome. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month to share support strategies. Speakers are often present at meetings to provide education on pertinent multiple myeloma topics. Dinner and parking are provided.

GWCC Multiple Myeloma Patient Support Group
Fourth Thursday of each month, 5:30-6:30 PM
Medical Faculty Associates of George Washington University
Room 1-402
2150 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Contact: Alicia Gray, LGSW (202-677-6597)

Meet Our Team

Imad Tabbara, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Kathy Zimmerman, RN, MSN, OCN, Coordinator GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Alicia Gray, LGSW, Social Worker, GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Eva Ruiz, Patient Navigator, GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Jennifer Leon, RDN, LDN, Dietician, GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program
Nikki Danley, Financial Counselor, GWCC Multiple Myeloma Program

Multiple Myeloma is treated within the GW Malignant Hematology Program

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  • Comprehensive Cancer Care
  • The GW Cancer Center Malignant Hematology program ¬†specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various blood cancers and autoimmune disorders. For more information call (202) 741-2210.¬†

Malignant Hematology Program Providers

Kieron Dunleavy, MD
Specialty: Cancer & Blood Disorders
Faysal Haroun
Specialty: Cancer & Blood Disorders, Medicine
Robert Siegel, MD with patient
Specialty: Cancer & Blood Disorders