Elizabeth “Sam” Sharf is the clinical director for the Adult and Pediatric Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant (BMT) and Cellular Therapy Program at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. She has been in the BMT field for almost twenty years and recently shared her expertise on Capitol Hill during a Medicare Reimbursement Legislative Day. During her time on the Hill, she encouraged the Congress to urge the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect access to transplant for Medicare beneficiaries.
“What an altruistic gift these donors are giving—it was and still is inspiring,” Sam recalls of her fist involvement with Be The Match. Sam first engaged with us while working as a transplant nurse coordinator at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. Sam has had countless connections with patients who are alive today because of an unrelated donor transplant.
Throughout Sam’s career she has focused on education, quality and access to transplant. In addition to her advocacy work with Be The Match, in 2015, Sam personally advocated to the NC State Employees Health Plan for an increase in donor coverage benefits for its members.