Ruben J. Rucoba, MD, FAAP
Cord Blood Banking
Dr.Ruben J. Rucoba, MD, FAAP, of the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation as a patient advocate, comes on the show to discuss cord blood banking. He will tell us his own story, and talk about cord blood banking in general. He will discuss whether it's worth it for parents to store their infant's cord blood and public vs private banks. AAP urges parents to use public cord banking and discourages private cord banks, except in the cases of families who have a child who might benefit from transplantation with cord blood from a health sibling
Dr. Rucoba has been a practicing pediatrician for over 18 years. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in English, and completed his medical studies at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School. He returned to Chicago for his pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Rucoba has worked in a variety of settings, including a community health center serving a Spanish speaking population in Chicago, an academic children’s hospital, and a suburban private practice. He has won awards for his teaching of residents and students, and continues as a clinical instructor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Rucoba’s oldest daughter received a cord blood transplant in 1997 at the age of 9 months, one of only a few infants to receive such a transplant at that time. He himself also received a stem cell transplant in 2004, though not from cord blood. He was appointed this year to the US Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation as a patient advocate.
Melanie Cole, M.S.