Akiko Shimamura MD

Akiko Shimamura, MD, PhD

Director, Bone Marrow Failure and Myelodysplastic Syndrome Programs

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-919-6109
  • Fax: 617-730-0934

Medical Services


  • Bone Marrow Failure Disorders
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Cancer Predisposition


  • Hematology / Oncology


  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome Specialty Program
  • Bone Marrow Failure Program
  • Genetics Program
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Akiko Shimamura MD

Philosophy of Care 

Children with rare disorders, such as bone marrow failure and MDS, deserve the same level of medical care and the same chance to live a healthy life as children with more common disorders.  We are striving to identify the causes of bone marrow failure and MDS to develop better treatments for these disorders. We partner with the patient, the family, and the referring physicians to work together as a team to develop and implement an individualized medical plan.  My research spans basic scientific studies and clinical studies with the goal of improving the diagnosis and treatment of patients with bone marrow failure and MDS. Our patients benefit from access to the exciting scientific and clinical advances and cutting edge technologies developed by researchers at Harvard.

Dr. Shimamura serves as an expert for the Department of Hematology/Oncology for Boston Children’s Hospital's Precision Medicine Service. For more information about the Precision Medicine Service please visit www.precisionmedicine.childrenshospital.org.

Experience and Education



Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 1997

Boston, MA

Medical School

University of Rochester, 1991

Rochester, NY


Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1994

Baltimore, MD


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