Juan Carlos Varela, MD, PhD
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Juan Carlos Varela, MD, PhD - Cancer - Bone Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy

Orlando Health Cancer Institute - Downtown Orlando

Address: 1400 S. Orange Ave.
5th Floor
Orlando, FL 32806

Call: (321) 843-2810

Fax: (321) 843-6330


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Dr. Juan Carlos Varela is a board-certified and fellowship-trained physician specializing in hematology and oncology with the Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy program at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute.

He previously served as medical director of a Blood and Marrow Transplant/Cellular Therapy program in Orlando and most recently was medical director for Outpatient Services and led the Acute Leukemia and Bone Marrow Transplant Program in the Division of Hematological Malignancies in Boston. His services include:

  • Blood and bone marrow transplant
  • Acute leukemia treatment
  • Cancer immunotherapy
  • Cellular therapy
  • CAR T-cell therapy

Dr. Varela takes his patients’ specific goals and needs into account in order to treat each patient as an individual, rather than taking a blanket approach to treating the disease.

Dr. Varela’s Training

Dr. Varela earned his medical degree and doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed an internal medicine residency and hematology fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

About Dr. Varela

Dr. Varela is certified in hematology and internal medicine with the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy and American Society of Hematology.

Dr. Varela is a physician scientist and has been the principal investigator in dozens of clinical trials for cellular therapy, hematologic malignancies and bone marrow transplants. He has successfully translated novel immunotherapeutic approaches from the bench to the bedside and has been the leader in multiple first-in-human studies of novel T-cell therapies in hematologic malignancies.

His research has been published extensively in peer-reviewed publications on topics including hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, acute myelogenous leukemia and adoptive T cell immunotherapy.

Outside of work, Dr. Varela enjoys music, sports and spending time with his family. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Board Certifications

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Academic Information

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Medical Education

Medical University of South Carolina


Johns Hopkins University


Johns Hopkins University
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