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Medical & Scientific Team


Our distinguished Medical & Scientific team provides medical advice about the safety and efficacy of cord blood, cord tissue and menstrual stem cell preservation program. The team’s members represent specialties in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Infectious Diseases, Pathology, Hematology, Oncology, Immunology, Stem Cell and Gene Therapy.


 

Linda Kelley, Ph.D.

Scientific Advisory Board Member 
Dr. Kelley
Linda Kelley

Linda Kelley, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in the cellular therapy field. As a result of her tenure as chief scientific officer of Cryo-Cell, Dr. Kelley is responsible for implementing the operating procedures of Cryo-Cell’s state-of-the art laboratory, its translational medicine initiatives and its quality assurance program. She joined Cryo-Cell from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard where she was the director of the Connell O’Reilly Cell Manipulation Core Facility. Prior to that, she spent 17 years at the University of Utah where she was director of the Cell Therapy Facility. She established that state’s first umbilical cord blood collection program and was awarded a Center of Excellence in Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine for the State of Utah, which served as a cornerstone for a larger state initiative in Regenerative Medicine — the Utah Science & Technology Research Initiative. She completed her graduate and post-doctoral training in Immunology and Hematology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where she served as assistant professor in the Dept. of Medicine.

Dr. Kelley has served on multiple boards and committees that advise on scientific policy and establish standards and regulations for the cellular therapy field in the U.S. and abroad, often in leadership roles. She served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and as Chair of its Standards Committee; Chair of the Cord Blood Standards Committee for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP); Chair of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee of the International Society for Cell Therapy; reviewer for the AABB Annual Meeting Abstract Review Committee, and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Duke Carolinas Cord Blood Bank. Dr. Kelley was one of 12 scientists selected by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science to advise Congress on how to allocate $80 million in funding to optimally structure a national cord blood stem cell program.

Dr. Kelley has been instrumental in expanding the scope of stem cell therapies from bone marrow transplantation to the treatment of heart, kidney, brain and other degenerative diseases through numerous research efforts.



Merri Buff Mair, M.D.

Clinical Pathology / Transfusion Medicine, Cryo-Cell Medical Director 
Merri Buff Mair

Buff Mair, M.D., is the Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Florida Blood Services in St. Petersburg, Florida and is also the Medical Director for Cryo-Cell International in Oldsmar, Florida. Dr. Mair attended medical school at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of South Florida and is Board Certified in Clinical Pathology and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. Dr. Mair is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine and has been the author of numerous scientific articles published in transfusion medicine and clinical chemistry peer review journals. She serves on the transfusion committee at six of the major hospitals in the Tampa Bay Area and has also been a member of national committees including the Membership and Process Improvement Committee for the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and the Transfusion Medicine Resource Committee for the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Dr. Mair is a member of several international scientific and educational organizations involved in the fields of transfusion medicine, cellular therapies, and tissue transplant. These include the AABB, American Association of Tissue Banks, American Society for Bone Marrow Transplant, and International Society for Cellular Therapy.



Jonathan H. Wheeler, M.D.

OB/GYN, Cryo-Cell Director
Jonathan H. Wheeler

Jonathan H. Wheeler, M.D., is a licensed physician specializing in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has practiced in these fields in Newport Beach, California since 1992. Dr. Wheeler received his B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He completed his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in 1986. His Obstetrics and Gynecology training was received at UCLA Medical Center in a combined internship and residency program. Dr. Wheeler is Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the Orange County Obstetrics and Gynecology Society and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In the past Dr. Wheeler has served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hoag Hospital and has served on numerous committees including education, surgery and advancement of Women’s Health Services.


Our Partners
  • Stem Cell Research at Stanford University
  • Research Stem Cell Future Potential at University of South Florida
  • Expecting mothers please visit ACOG - American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to find cord blood collection practitioner
  • College of Nurse-Midwives supports Cord Blood Storage education
  • Florida Blood Services partner with Family Cord Blood Banks
  • National Hispanic Medical Association partners with Cryo-Cell
  • International Childbirth Education Association logo
  • Stanford University logo
  • University of Central Florida logo
  • ACOG logo
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives logo
  • Florida Blood Services partner with Family Cord Blood Banks
  • National Hispanic Medical Association logo