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Dawn Urbanovsky is an oncology certified nurse at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Prior to becoming a nurse, Dawn worked for Aetna Health Insurance starting in an entry level position as a health claims processor, then customer service representative and eventually management. In 2000, Dawn graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing. After graduation, Dawn began her career in the medical intensive care unit of Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to caring for a variety of critically ill patients, she worked with oncology patients in the ICU who participated in a clinical trial providing high-dose interleukin 2 therapy for renal cell carcinoma and metastatic melanoma. She then developed an interest in apheresis nursing and became proficient in therapeutic apheresis and hematopoietic stem cell harvesting for transplantation. After six years working as a nurse in San Antonio, she moved to Houston where she continued to work as an apheresis nurse in the Stem Cell Transplant Center of MD Anderson Cancer Center. She then worked as a research nurse in Phase I studies and leukemia. She has spent the last five years caring for patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) while working in the outpatient clinic of the Leukemia Center at MD Anderson. Dawn is also an active member in the Oncology Nursing Society and is currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the School of Biomedical Informatics.