Troy Lund, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Q&A With Dr. Lund
What words of advice do you have for families and patients considering blood or marrow transplantation?
Dr. Lund: When considering bone marrow transplantation, families should locate transplant physicians and ask about the transplantation process including the risks, benefits, short-term side effects, long-term side effects, and potential outcomes. I would have my child seen only at a transplant center with a long history of performing transplants, where the physicians are well steeped in the management of complicated diseases, transplant process, and dealing with the side effects. I would not make the mistake of going to a transplant center only because "it is the closest" and was convenient. The stakes are generally high for a child needing a bone marrow transplant, and you want to be comfortable when you make your decision about which transplant center you chose.
Why should families choose the pediatric BMT program at the University of Minnesota?
Dr. Lund: Minnesota has the longest experience in the world in performing successful bone marrow transplants. The department is internationally recognized in its ability to develope new therapies and has made great strides in lessening the risks of going through bone marrow transplant. We are an innovative department developing transplant therapies for the treatment of many novel diseases. We do this to help the many children with rare diseases for which no therapy is available.
About Dr. Lund
Dr. Lund is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Lund started his schooling in the University of Minnesota system completing degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Immunology. He received his Masters and Ph.D. studying the Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida and his M.D. from the University of Minnesota. He completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplantation at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in Pediatrics.
Dr. Lund's research focuses on understanding the pathophysiological processes underlying metabolic storages diseases (ALD, MLD, MPSI, ETC) and improving the outcomes for metabolic storage disease hematopoietic cell transplantation. He also studying the hematopoietic cell engraftment process during bone marrow transplantation and is trying to improve the efficiency and time to engraftment.
Honors & Awards
- 1996, PhD with "Distinction" (Top 5%)
- 2000, Dr. Garth Englund Scholarship MMF Verndon D.E. Scholarship
- 2001, International Graduate & Professional Scholarship
- 2001, Spink International Scholarship
- 2001, Medical Research Council Laboratory, The Gambia, West Africa developed a PCR protocol to detect HIV-1/HIV-2 from dried blood spots collected in the field.
- 2001, International Travel Award from China Board of New York - to attend Human Rights and Research - An International Perspective conference in Kunming, China
- 2002, Department of Medicine Research Day - Best Medical Student Poster
- 2002, International Medical Education Resource Scholarship to present an abstract at the International Health Medical Education Consortium meeting in Havana, Cuba.
- 2006, AAP International Travel Award to establish G6PD testing in Kampala, Uganda
- 2007, 1st Place Outstanding Achievement in Research by Fellow/Margaret Kendrick Hostetter Award
- 2009, 1st Place Outstanding Achievement in Research by Fellow/Margaret Kendrick Hostetter Award