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Robert Stephen Makar, MD, PhD

  • Assistant in Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Associate Director, Blood Transfusion Service
  • Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Makar further specializes in cellular therapies, the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune cytopenias, and transfusion complications related to HLA alloimmunization.



Clinical Interests
  • Transfusion medicine
Medical Education
  • MD, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

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Dr. Makar is board-certified in transfusion medicine and serves as the associate director of the Blood Transfusion Service (BTS). He oversees outpatient and clinical apheresis services for the BTS, including the collection of peripheral blood hematopoietic stem cells from mobilized patients and donors, extracorporeal photopheresis to treat chronic graft-versus-host disease, and therapeutic plasma exchange to treat various autoimmune diseases. His clinical interests include cellular therapies such as hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune cytopenias, and transfusion complications related to HLA alloimmunization such as transfusion-related acute lung injury and refractoriness to platelet transfusion.  He is a respected teacher in clinical pathology, having twice received the Clinical Pathology Excellence in Teaching Award.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Research Interests include:

  • Immune mechanisms underlying HLA and RBC alloimmunization in response to blood transfusion
  • Screening strategies to reduce the risk of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI)
  • Application of cellular immunotherapies to treat autoimmune and malignant diseases
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Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-6353
Fax: 617-726-6832

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