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Rima M. Saliba, PHD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Stem Cell Transplantation - Research, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Unit Number: 423
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FC5.3008

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1997 University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX, PHD, Epidemiology/Biostatistics
1986 American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, MS, Nutrition
1983 American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, BS, Nutrition


Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Stem Cell Transplantation - Research, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2005-2011

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Wilhelm K, Chemaly R, Saliba R, Gulbis A, Saunders I, Cool R, Ferguson J, Westmoreland M, Rondon G, Kebriaei P. The impact of pre-transplant valganciclovir on early cytomegalovirus reactivation after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. J Oncol Pharm Pract. e-Pub 9/9/2013. PMID: 24022408.
2. Chakhachiro ZI, Saliba RM, Okoroji GJ, Korbling M, Alousi AM, Betul O, Anderlini P, Ciurea SO, Popat U, Champlin R, Samuels BI, Medeiros LJ, Bueso-Ramos C, Khouri IF. Cytarabine, Ki-67, and SOX11 in patients with mantle cell lymphoma receiving rituximab-containing autologous stem cell transplantation during first remission. Cancer. e-Pub 6/17/2013. PMID: 23775587.
3. Paolo Anderlini1, Rima Saliba1, Sandra Acholonu1, Grace-Julia Okoroji1 , Borje S. Andersson1, Roy Jones1, Uday R. Popat1 , Chitra M. Hosing 1, Yago Nieto1, Muzaffar H. Qazilbash1, Naoto T. Ueno 2, Sergio A. Giralt3 , Marcos J de Lima1, Richard E. Champlin1. DONOR LEUKOCYTE INFUSIONS (DLIs) IN RECURRENT HODGKIN LYMPHOMA (HL) FOLLOWING ALLOGENEIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION: TEN-YEAR EXPERIENCE AT THE M.D. ANDERSON CANCER CENTER. Leukemia Lymphoma 53(6):1239-1241, 6/2013. e-Pub 1/2012. PMID: 22132837.
4. Sasaki K, Lu G, Saliba RM, Bashir Q, Hosing C, Popat U, Shah N, Parmar S, Dinh Y, Ahmed S, Shpall EJ, Kebriaei P, Shah JJ, Orlowski RZ, Champlin R, Qazilbash MH. Impact Of t(11;14)(q13;q32) On The Outcome Of Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation In Multiple Myeloma. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. e-Pub 5/2013. PMID: 23733001.
5. Poon LM, Hamdi A, Saliba R, Rondon G, Ledesma C, Kendrick M, Qazilbash M, Hosing C, Jones RB, Popat UR, Nieto Y, Alousi A, Ciurea S, Shpall EJ, Champlin RE, Kebriaei P. Outcomes of adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) following relapse post allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. e-Pub 4/2013. PMID: 23644077.
6. Bayraktar UD, de Lima M, Saliba RM, Maloy M, Castro-Malaspina HR, Chen J, Rondon G, Chiattone A, Jakubowski AA, Boulad F, Kernan NA, O'Reilly RJ, Champlin RE, Giralt S, Andersson BS, Papadopoulos EB. Ex Vivo T Cell Depleted versus Unmodified Allografts in Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in First Complete Remission. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. e-Pub 3/1/2013. PMID: 23467126.
7. Alousi AM, Le-Rademacher J, Saliba RM, Appelbaum FR, Artz A, Benjamin J, Devine SM, Kan F, Laughlin MJ, Lazarus HM, Liesveld J, Perales MA, Maziarz RT, Sabloff M, Waller EK, Eapen M, Champlin RE. Who is the better donor for older hematopoietic transplant recipients: an older-aged sibling or a young, matched unrelated volunteer? Blood. e-Pub 1/29/2013. PMID: 23361908.
8. de Lima M, McNiece I, Robinson SN, Munsell M, Eapen M, Horowitz M, Alousi A, Saliba R, McMannis JD, Kaur I, Kebriaei P, Parmar S, Popat U, Hosing C, Champlin R, Bollard C, Molldrem JJ, Jones RB, Nieto Y, Andersson BS, Shah N, Oran B, Cooper LJ, Worth L, Qazilbash MH, Korbling M, Rondon G, Ciurea S, Bosque D, Maewal I, Simmons PJ, Shpall EJ. Cord-blood engraftment with ex vivo mesenchymal-cell coculture. N Engl J Med 367(24):2305-15, 12/13/2012. PMID: 23234514.
9. Ciurea SO, Mulanovich V, Saliba RM, Bayraktar UD, Jiang Y, Bassett R, Wang SA, Konopleva M, Fernandez-Vina M, Montes N, Bosque D, Chen J, Rondon G, Alatrash G, Alousi A, Bashir Q, Korbling M, Qazilbash M, Parmar S, Shpall E, Nieto Y, Hosing C, Kebriaei P, Khouri I, Popat U, de Lima M, Champlin RE. Improved Early Outcomes Using a T Cell Replete Graft Compared with T Cell Depleted Haploidentical Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 18(12):1835-1844, 12/2012. e-Pub 7/2012. PMID: 22796535.
10. Beitinjaneh AM, Saliba R, Bashir Q, Shah N, Parmar S, Hosing C, Popat U, Anderlini P, Dinh Y, Qureshi S, Rondon G, Champlin RE, Giralt SA, Qazilbash MH. Durable Responses after Donor Lymphocyte Infusion for Patients with Residual Multiple Myeloma following Non-myeloablative Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation. Leuk Lymphoma 53(8):1525-1529, 8/2012. e-Pub 1/2012. PMID: 22242817.
11. Anderlini P, Saliba R, Acholonu S, Okoroji GJ, Ledesma C, Andersson BS, Jones R, Popat UR, Hosing CM, Nieto Y, Qazilbash MH, Ueno NT, Giralt SA, de Lima MJ, Champlin RE. Donor leukocyte infusions in recurrent Hodgkin lymphoma following allogeneic stem cell transplant: 10-year experience at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Leuk Lymphoma 53(6):1239-1241, 6/2012. e-Pub 1/2012. PMID: 22132837.
12. Khouri IF, Saliba RM, Erwin WD, Samuels BI, Korbling M, Medeiros LJ, Valverde R, Alousi AM, Anderlini P, Bashir Q, Ciurea S, Gulbis AM, de Lima M, Hosing C, Kebriaei P, Popat UR, Fowler N, Neelapu SS, Samaniego F, Champlin RE, Macapinlac HA. Nonmyeloablative allogeneic transplantation with or without 90yttrium ibritumomab tiuxetan is potentially curative for relapsed follicular lymphoma: 12-year results. Blood 119(26):6373-6378, 6/2012. e-Pub 5/2012. PMID: 22586182.
13. Ciurea SO, Saliba RM, Hamerschlak N, Karduss Aurueta AJ, Bassett R, Fernandez-Vina M, Petropoulos D, Worth LL, Chan KW, Couriel DR, Rondon G, Sharma M, Qazilbash M, Jones RB, Kebriaei P, McMannis J, Hosing CM, Nieto Y, Champlin RE, Shpall EJ, de Lima M. Fludarabine, Melphalan, Thiotepa and ATG Conditioning for Unrelated Cord Blood Transplantation. Leuk Lymphoma 53(5):901-6, 5/2012. e-Pub 1/3/2012. PMID: 21988645.
14. Anderlini P, Saliba RM, Ledesma C, Chancoco C, Alousi AM, Shpall EJ, Popat UR, Hosing CM, Khouri IF, Nieto Y, Ciurea S, Younes A, Fanale MA, Acholonu S, Valverde R, Champlin RE. Gemcitabine, fludarabine and melphalan (G-FM) as a reduced-intensity conditioning regimen for allogeneic stem cell transplantation in relapsed and refractory hodgkin lymphoma: preliminary results. Leuk Lymphoma 53(3):499-502, 3/2012. e-Pub 10/24/2011. PMID: 21859247.
15. Popat U, de Lima MJ, Saliba RM, Anderlini P, Andersson BS, Alousi AM, Hosing C, Nieto Y, Parmar S, Khouri IF, Kebriaei P, Qazilbash M, Champlin RE, Giralt SA. Long-term outcome of reduced-intensity allogeneic hematopoietic SCT in patients with AML in CR. Bone Marrow Transplant 47(2):212-6, 2/2012. e-Pub 3/21/2011. PMID: 21423123.
16. Saliba RM, Couriel DR, Giralt S, Rondon G, Okoroji GJ, Rashid A, Champlin RE, Alousi AM. Prognostic value of response after upfront therapy for acute GVHD. Bone Marrow Transplant 47(1):125-31, 1/2012. e-Pub 3/2011. PMID: 21383686.
17. Alatrash G, Pelosini M, Saliba RM, Koca E, Rondon G, Andersson BS, Chiattone A, Zhang W, Giralt SA, Cernosek AM, Kebriaei P, Alousi AM, Popat UR, Hosing C, Khouri IF, Champlin RE, de Lima MJ. Platelet Recovery Before Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Predicts Posttransplantation Outcomes in Patients with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 17(12):1841-5, 12/2011. e-Pub 5/2011. PMID: 21684343.
18. Alatrash G, de Lima M, Hamerschlak N, Pelosini M, Wang X, Xiao L, Kerbauy F, Chiattone A, Rondon G, Qazilbash MH, Giralt SA, de Padua Silva L, Hosing C, Kebriaei P, Zhang W, Nieto Y, Saliba RM, Champlin RE, Andersson BS. Myeloablative Reduced-Toxicity i.v. Busulfan-Fludarabine and Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant for Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or Myelodysplastic Syndrome in the Sixth Through Eighth Decades of Life. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 17(10):1490-6, 10/2011. e-Pub 2/2011. PMID: 21338705.
19. Ciurea SO, Saliba RM, Rondon G, Patah PA, Aung F, Cano P, Andersson BS, Kebriaei P, Popat U, Fernandez-Vina M, Champlin RE, de Lima M. Outcomes of patients with myeloid malignancies treated with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from matched unrelated donors compared with one-human leukocyte antigen mismatched related donors using HLA typing at 10 loci. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 17(6):923-9, 6/2011. e-Pub 10/20/2010. PMID: 20969970.
20. Kazmi SM, Saliba RM, Donato M, Wang M, Hosing C, Qureshi S, Anderlini P, Popat U, Champlin RE, Giralt SA, Qazilbash MH. Phase II trial of high-dose topotecan, melphalan and CY with autologous stem cell support for multiple myeloma. Bone Marrow Transplant 46(4):510-5, 4/2011. e-Pub 6/28/2010. PMID: 20581887.
21. Westin JR, Saliba RM, De Lima M, Alousi A, Hosing C, Qazilbash MH, Khouri IF, Shpall EJ, Anderlini P, Rondon G, Andersson BS, Champlin R, Couriel DR. Steroid-Refractory Acute GVHD: Predictors and Outcomes. Adv Hematol 2011(601953):8 pages, 2011. e-Pub 11/3/2011. PMCID: PMC3216266.
22. Efebera Y, Thandi R, Saliba R, Popat U, de Lima M, Alousi A, Hosing C, Rondon G, Champlin R, Giralt S. The Impact of Pre-Stem Cell Transplant Ferritin Level on Late Transplant Complications. The Internet Journal of Hematology 7(1), 2010.
23. Saliba RM, Komanduri KV, Giralt S, de Souza J, Patah P, Oran B, Couriel D, Rondon G, Champlin RE, de Lima M. Leukemia burden delays lymphocyte and platelet recovery after allo-SCT for AML. Bone Marrow Transplant 43(9):685-92, 5/2009. e-Pub 11/2008. PMID: 19011667.
24. Couriel D, Saliba R, Hicks K, Ippoliti C, de Lima M, Hosing C, Khouri I, Andersson B, Gajewski J, Donato M, Anderlini P, Kontoyiannis DP, Cohen A, Martin T, Giralt S, Champlin R. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha blockade for the treatment of acute GVHD. Blood 104(3):649-54, 8/2004. PMID: 15069017.
25. Couriel DR, Saliba RM, Giralt S, Khouri I, Andersson B, de Lima M, Hosing C, Anderlini P, Donato M, Cleary K, Gajewski J, Neumann J, Ippoliti C, Rondon G, Cohen A, Champlin R. Acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease after ablative and nonmyeloablative conditioning for allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 10(3):178-85, 3/2004. PMID: 14993883.
26. Stanzani M, Martins SL, Saliba RM, St John LS, Bryan S, Couriel D, McMannis J, Champlin RE, Molldrem JJ, Komanduri KV. CD25 expression on donor CD4+ or CD8+ T cells is associated with an increased risk for graft-versus-host disease after HLA-identical stem cell transplantation in humans. Blood 103(3):1140-6, 2/2004. PMID: 12907445.
27. El-Zimaity M, Saliba R, Chan K, Shahjahan M, Carrasco A, Khorshid O, Caldera H, Couriel D, Giralt S, Khouri I, Ippoliti C, Champlin R, De Lima M. Hemorrhagic cystitis after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: donor type matters. Blood 103(12):4674-4680, 2004.
28. Khouri IF, Saliba RM, Giralt SA, Lee MS, Okoroji GJ, Hagemeister FB, Korbling M, Younes A, Ippoliti C, Gajewski JL, McLaughlin P, Anderlini P, Donato ML, Cabanillas FF, Champlin RE. Nonablative allogeneic hematopoietic transplantation as adoptive immunotherapy for indolent lymphoma: low incidence of toxicity, acute graft-versus-host disease, and treatment-related mortality. Blood 98(13):3595-9, 12/2001. PMID: 11739162.

Last updated: 7/31/2014