Dennis L. Confer, M.D. is the chief medical officer of Be The Match. He also holds appointments as associate scientific director of CIBMTR (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research)—the research program of Be The Match—and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. For more than 25 years, he has worked in blood and marrow transplantation, immunobiology and clinical research. Confer became Be The Match’s Chief Medical Officer in 1999.
As CMO, Confer oversees several Be The Match departments and the CIBMTR Minneapolis, MN, office. His experience as a practicing transplant physician includes 10 years at the University of Minnesota and five years as Director of Bone Marrow Transplantation with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is the co-principal investigator for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network data coordinating center. He has been the author or co-author of six book chapters and more than 60 publications.
Confer published Be The Match’s evidence-based donor-patient matching guidelines (2008, 2003) and supported development of a new donor-patient matching algorithm, HapLogicSM (2006), to rapidly identify matched donors. He also established the research agenda of the CIBMTR (2004) and the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (2003), to advance the science of transplant, improve patients’ lives and share research results with the medical community.
Confer received his M.D. in 1977 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, where he also served as a resident from 1977-1979 and Chief Resident from 1979-1980. He served a fellowship in hematology/oncology from the University of Minnesota Medical School from 1980-1983. He became Interim Medical Director of Be The Match in 1991, and served as Medical Director from 1993-1999.