Matsunaga, Alison, MD

Alison Matsunaga


Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Medical Director, Hematology (Nonmalignant) & Complex Blood Disorders

Director, General Hematology, Hemophila

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Clinical Specialties

General hematology, hemophilia, hemostasis and thrombosis, teaching


Board Certification
  • Hematology/Oncology


Medical School

University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, CA


Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, CA (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology)


University of California, San Francisco, CA


University of California, San Francisco, CA

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About Me

Dr. Matsunaga is a senior clinician who directs the clinical programs for Hemostasis, Thrombosis, and General Hematology -- particularly the bone marrow failure and spherocytosis programs. She is Program Director of the Region IX Hemophilia Treatment Center and 340B Program at BCHO. She is also the regional consultant for lead poisoning. Dr. Matsunaga, an active investigator in several trials and registries including severe chronic neutropenia international registry, American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN), Universal Data Collection for Hemophilia, My Life Our Future, multicenter factor XIII, epidemiology of Diamond Blackfan Anemia, genetic determinants of vWD, and others. In collaboration with Dr. Singer, she has recently initiated new trials including rivaroxaban for thrombosis in children, rivaroxaban pharmacokinetics, and the FORWARD study evaluating recombinant long-acting factor products, and others.

Dr. Matsunaga is a mentor to interns, residents, and fellows in hematology. Her program has been nationally recognized and includes rotating physicians locally and nationally. She also oversees pediatric hematology quality control in the satellite programs.

Selected Research and Publications:

  1. Agrawal AK, Haddad FG, Matsunaga A. Acute Non-Immune Hemolytic Anemia Without Fulminant Hepatitis in Wilson’s Disease. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2011;33:e163-165.
  2. Agrawal, A K, Golden C, Matsunaga A. Acquired von Willebrand Disease in an Osteosarcoma Patient. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: December 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 8 - p 622–623 (Clinical and Laboratory Observations)
  3. Marsh A, Matsunaga A. Neonatal Thrombocytopenia, 5 minute consultation.
  4. Puri L, Matsunaga A. Idiopathic Hypereosinophilia Syndrome with Cardiac thrombus in a 4 year old girl, a case report and review of the literature, 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology, May 6-9, 2015
  5. Lal A, Li L, Nichols J, and Matsunaga A. Ethnicity Influences the Risk of Severe Iron Deficiency Anemia in Toddlers Abstract #29048 CDC Meeting Atlanta, Ga. (March 2012).