Meet ASTCT’s New Volunteer Editor

ASTCT is pleased to welcome Christina Cho, MD, as our new editor for Nucleus and Nucleus Plus: Emerging CAR T. We recently sat down with Dr. Cho to learn more about her work, areas of interest and what she hopes to accomplish in this esteemed role.

What are you hoping to achieve as ASTCT’s volunteer editor?

I’m hoping to help make ASTCT Nucleus a reliable, high-yield hub for the transplant and cell therapy community. These days, we encounter so much data and such wide-ranging discourse on a daily basis. With the growth of our field, coupled with ever-increasing demands on our time and attention, it’s increasingly important to optimize our communication platforms so we can use our collective knowledge to deliver the best possible care to our patients.

On a separate note, as a student of literature, I’m also fascinated by narrative -- by how we tell stories. There are so many stories out there that add dimension to our practice and experience. I would love it if Nucleus could become a repository for this sort of oral history of transplant and cell therapy, and develop innovative ways to present it.

Are there particular areas of clinical or research interest you are hoping to highlight through ASTCT content?

One of the most rewarding aspects of transplant and cell therapy is, for me, its fundamentally multidisciplinary nature. It’s important to highlight a broad array of perspectives -- both to recognize all the individuals who have advanced our field and, moving forward, to foster novel collaborations.

I also think expansion of access to transplant and cell therapy is critical and has deep repercussions across the field. Discussions and interventions around treatment access have become more prominent in recent years, and I hope we can highlight that.

Outside of work, what do you most enjoy doing?

Reading novels. Wandering through museums when the crowds aren’t there. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I tried to travel as much as possible.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Only that I’m honored to be a part of this important resource and look forward to this collaboration!

About Dr. Cho

Christina Cho, MD, is a clinician-investigator on the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, specializing in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant for leukemia and nonmalignant diseases. Long before she was a transplanter, she had a previous career in arts and humanities publishing and served as editorial director for an education startup. Though she eventually left publishing to pursue medicine, she gained a keen understanding of the processes and challenges involved in the production of timely, effective, and well-curated media content. At MSKCC, her current interests include post-transplant immune reconstitution, transplant and gene therapy for sickle cell disease, and enhancement of care for underserved populations. In addition to her clinical and research activities, she has taught medical students and trainees at MSKCC and Weill Cornell Medical Center and is currently associate program director for MSKCC’s Adult Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Fellowship.

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