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Paquette Named Director for BMT Program

Ronald Paquette, MD

Ronald Paquette, MD, has been appointed clinical director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) program at the Oshin Cancer Institute.

Paquette assumed the role on Aug. 29, after his predecessor, Michael Lill, MD, died from appendix cancer in June. Paquette had been serving as interim director for the past two years.

"Dr. Lill was a charismatic leader who was the champion of his patients, particularly those who were not served by other programs," said Paquette, who joined Cedars-Sinai in 2016. "Before he died, I promised I would do my best to continue his legacy of caring, excellence and service to those in need of bone marrow transplantation."

The BMT program is known for quality care and being one of only two programs in the country offering bloodless bone marrow transplants to patients with lymphoma, multiple myeloma and other blood cancers. Its staff members have completed nearly 2,200 stem cell and bone marrow transplant procedures and perform about 120 transplants a year.

"Our program is growing and we are recruiting new physicians," said Paquette. "And while it expands, I will ensure patients and their families continue to receive first-rate care."

In addition to growing the team and program, Paquette is eager to continue working with his colleagues: "I am most excited about continuing to work with these extraordinary people to continue to grow and improve our program."

And while colleagues continue to honor the legacy of Lill, who established the program and served as its director for more than 20 years, they are eager to support Paquette.

"Ron’s natural leadership and drive for excellence will greatly benefit our patient community," said Paul Noble, MD, director of the Women's Guild Lung Institute and professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. "I am confident the program will grow and exceed expectations with Ron’s expertise and professionalism."