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 Syndromes
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Cancer Predisposition


  • Hematology / Oncology


  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome Specialty Program
  • Bone Marrow Failure Program
  • Genetics Program
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-919-6109 or Request an Appointment
Akiko Shimamura MD


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.

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


  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

To schedule an appointment: Call 617-919-6109 or Request an Appointment


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