MICHAEL A. WERNER, MD, FACS, FOUNDER
Michael A. Werner, M.D., is the founder and Medical Director of Maze Cord Blood Laboratories and its parent company, Maze Health. Started in 1994, Maze Health also includes Maze Laboratories, Maze Men’s Health and Maze Women’s Health.
As part of his infertility practice, Dr. Werner felt compelled to start a semen analysis laboratory, as there were no local laboratories doing a sophisticated analysis on which he could make good clinical decisions. Subsequently, in 1999, his lab began cryopreserving and storing sperm, for men who would be undergoing treatments that could make them sterile.
With his passion for helping create and sustain healthy families, and the personal experience of his family losing a son to cancer who may have been cured by cord blood, the decision to create a cord blood and tissue bank that was both superb and affordable, became almost inevitable.
Dr. Werner is a board-certified urologist who received his specialized fellowship training in male infertility and surgery and sexual dysfunction at Boston University Medical Center. He lectures and writes extensively on these topics in medical journals and books. He is also on the faculty of New York Medical College and the Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Werner completed his Urology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and received his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco. He holds an undergraduate honors degree in Biology from Harvard College.
Marvin A. Lessig, D.O. FCAP, Medical Director
Dr. Lessig is a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist trained at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia who has been on the teaching staffs of Thomas Jefferson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He spent 27 years as a hospital pathologist, nine years as a Medical Director and Laboratory Director for the New York Blood Center in New Jersey and five years as the Medical Director of Nationwide Laboratory Services, in addition to being the Cord Blood Laboratory Director for Maze since 2010.
Dr. Lessig works with the scientist at Community Blood Services to adapt the clinical protocols to an ever changing medical and legal landscape.
Zbigniew Roger Mrowiec, Ph.D., Scientific Director, Vitalant
Dr. Mrowiec is Scientific Director of the Stem Cell Laboratory, which concentrates on collection, processing, and storage of progenitor cells derived from umbilical cord blood and tissue.
The focus of his work includes four programs:
1. Public banking: for which umbilical cord blood is collected and stored for potential non-related recipients all over the world.
2. Private banking: which serves the community by storing the umbilical cord blood and tissue for private use.
3. Research in cord blood and tissue processing to maximize the number of stem cells and minimize the risk of infection.
4. Research in techniques of cell expansion to make umbilical cord blood available for a broader group of patient requiring bone marrow transplantation.
Tammy Williams, Cord Blood Lab Manager
Tammy began her career in the medical field as an LPN and is a Certified Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. As a member of the Maze Laboratory Team since 2007, Tammy oversees day-to-day operations of the lab and establishes guidelines to prioritize work production, evaluate effectiveness and improve the quality of services provided.
Bianca Elias, Customer Service Manager
Bianca oversees the Cord Blood customer service and implementation division, ensuring the process runs smoothly from start to finish and that customers are satisfied with their Maze banking experience. Her primary responsibilities include phone support, account management, billing and she is the point of contact for the medical courier and processing lab, both of which communicate with her daily for status updates. She and her staff track every cord blood from the time the courier is called, until the specimen is received, processed, and put into permanent storage.
Advisory Board Members
Edward Hirsch, MD, Infectious Diseases
Keith Lescale, MD, Geneticist