Appointments & Referrals

Delaware, Pennsylvania & New Jersey

(800) 416-4441


Florida
Jacksonville Area

(904) 697-3789

Orlando Area

(407) 650-7715

Pensacola Area

(850) 505-4790

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International
Patients

+1 (302) 651-4993

Why Choose Us

Find out what makes our comprehensive, stellar cancer and blood disorders care for kids so special. Learn More »

Doctors & Care Teams

Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

At the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (or “NCCBD” for short), we offer outstanding pediatric oncology and hematology care. This is made possible by a truly collaborative, longstanding team effort — spanning four established core locations.

Our team includes physicians who specialize in cancer and blood disorders, plus doctors in more than 30 additional specialties, and a number of other dedicated health professionals and support providers at our own locations, as well as the many hospitals and health systems we collaborate with every day. We work together — with families and community physicians — to give children with cancer and blood disorders the very best, most comprehensive care.

Doctors and Care Teams in the Delaware Valley

Our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (NCCBD) pediatric oncology (cancer) and hematology (blood disorder) specialists at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children work hand in hand with a highly skilled team of nurses, specialists, therapists and support staff. Our pediatric cancer care is among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

To offer kids the best care we can, we also offer outpatient appointments at satellite locations for families’ convenience in Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pa.; and Voorhees, N.J. To make our services comprehensive, we also collaborate with the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care (in Newark, Del.) and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University (in Philadelphia).


Physicians

E. Anders Kolb, MD

Division Chief, Hematology/Oncology;
Director, Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Specialties: pediatric oncology, blood and bone marrow transplantation, hematology (blood disorders), leukemia, bone tumors, sarcoma

Make an Appointment: (800) 416-4441
Learn More About Dr. Kolb »

 
Hematologists/Oncologists

Emi H. Caywood, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, blood and bone marrow transplantation, hematology (blood disorders), retinoblastoma (eye tumor), leukemia, lymphoma

Make an Appointment: (800) 416-4441
Learn More About Dr. Caywood »



Gregory C. Griffin, MD, MSBI

Specialties: pediatric oncology, bone tumors, hematology (blood disorders), sickle cell disease, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, liver tumors

Make an Appointment: (800) 416-4441
Learn More About Dr. Griffin »


Robin Miller, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, bone tumors, hematology (blood disorders), sickle cell disease, lymphoma

Make an Appointment: (800) 416-4441
Learn More About Dr. Miller »


Jonathan Powell, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, blood and bone marrow transplantation, bone tumors, hematology (blood disorders), sickle cell disease, lymphoma, sarcoma

Make an Appointment: (800) 416-4441
Learn More About Dr. Powell »


Corinna Schultz, MD, MSHP

Specialties: hematology (blood disorders), leukemia, sickle cell disease, retinoblastoma (eye tumor)

Make an Appointment: (800) 416-4441
Learn More About Dr. Schultz »


Andrew Walter, MD, MS

Specialties: pediatric oncology, brain tumors, hematology (blood disorders)

Make an Appointment: (800) 416-4441
Learn More About Dr. Walter »


Lisa Wray, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, hematology (blood disorders), leukemia, lymphoma, blood and bone marrow transplantation

Make an Appointment: (800) 416-4441
Learn More About Dr. Wray »


Additional Medical Doctors and Specialists

 
Cardiology

Pediatric cardiologists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities of the heart and blood vessels in infants, children and teens. One of our cardiologists may work with your child’s cancer specialist to address a cardiac condition or problem.

 
Endocrinology

Our pediatric endocrinologists work with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to provide care, treatment, education and supportive services to children dealing with endocrine disorders and hormone imbalances, which can affect the way your child grows, develops and feels.

 
Gastroenterology (Digestive Health)

Our board-certified doctors evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions in pediatric gastroenterology (or “pediatric GI”), which includes digestive problems and abdominal pain. 

 
Hepatology (Liver Care)

A hepatologist (liver care specialist) may evaluate and treat your child for a liver condition acquired through disease or infection. They work closely with our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders team.

 
Infectious Diseases

Patients with pediatric cancer can have a higher risk of developing an infection, especially if their immune systems are not fully functioning. Nemours’ team of pediatric infectious disease specialists can help uncover the cause and nature of infections, create a care plan and work with your child's doctor so your child will be well-monitored.

 
Integrative Medicine Physicians

Integrative medicine combines alternative therapies in addition to the medical care your child receives. Our physicians and therapists use evidence-based therapies such as aromatherapy, yoga, biofeedback, massage, hydrotherapy and other therapies to heal your child’s mind, body and spirit.

 
Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists are specially trained to use radiology equipment (MRI, CT or CAT scan, ultrasound) to perform image-guided, minimally invasive procedures such as biopsies, structural vascular repair and sometimes tumor removal, if possible.

 
Immunology

Our immunologists (doctors who specialize in malfunctions of the immune system such as autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency and transplant rejection) have a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating immune system conditions.

 
Nephrology (Kidney Health)

If your child develops a kidney problem or condition through disease or infection, our pediatric nephrology (kidney care) specialists are ready to assist on your child’s behalf. They can evaluate and treat a wide range of kidney (renal) problems, including urinary tract infections, high blood pressure and kidney damage.

 
Neurology

Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the brain and nervous system. If needed, pediatric neurologists will work with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders team to offer your child comprehensive care.

 
Neurosurgery

If your child needs surgery involving the brain, skull, spinal cord, spinal column or other parts of the nervous system, we’re fortunate to have experienced pediatric neurosurgeons on staff. Your child's pediatric cancer specialist will work closely with the neurosurgery team — and with you and other family members to ensure that you’re informed and part of the care decisions.

 
Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

Our ophthalmologists are experts in diagnosing and treating pediatric eye conditions. If your child develops a vision problem while being treated for cancer or a blood disorder, we’ll work with one of our ophthalmologists to manage the condition.

 
Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that treats conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. If your child has a bone tumor or any other skeletal issue, our pediatric orthopedic physicians and surgeons will work with your child’s pediatric oncology specialist to diagnose and treat any orthopedic problems.

 
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)

A specialist from otolaryngology (better known as “ear, nose and throat” or “ENT”) may work with the oncology and blood disorder team to evaluate and treat tumors and other conditions that may require care.

 
Palliative & Supportive Care

Pediatric palliative and supportive care providers offer symptom and management for children before, during and after treatment for cancer and blood disorders. They also provide compassionate decision-making support and tend to your child’s physical and emotional comfort and wellness.

 
Pediatric General Surgery

If your child needs surgery, our pediatric general surgeons and specialized teams are skilled in procedures ranging from routine outpatient surgery to complex inpatient surgeries. Pediatric surgeons perform “general surgery” (also called “pediatric surgery”), which means operations on areas of the body other than the “brain, bones and heart.”

 
Psychology & Psychiatry

A child psychologist or a child psychiatrist is a mental health expert with advanced training in helping children and teens with emotional and behavioral issues. Depending on your child’s condition, our pediatric oncology or hematology specialist may recommend consulting with one of our behavioral health experts.

 
Pulmonology (Respiratory Care)

If your child’s condition involves the lungs and airways, we may call upon the expertise of pulmonary specialists (lung and respiratory care doctors known as “pulmonologists”). They evaluate and treat kids with breathing problems and other respiratory and sleep issues, and work hand-in-hand with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders team.

 
Solid Organ Transplant Team

Organ transplant may be the best treatment for complex or advanced pediatric oncology and hematology conditions. Our transplant team provides renowned care.

 
Urology & Urologic Surgery

Your child’s condition may involve a problem with the kidneys, ureter, bladder, urethra, penis or testes. All of these form the genitourinary system (the reproductive system and urinary tract), which is still growing and developing. Your child may see a pediatric urologists for problems like these.


Care Team Members Your Child May See

Core Team Members

 
Hematology & Oncology Care Coordinators

With extensive experience working in cancer and blood disorders, our pediatric oncology (cancer) care coordinator has in-depth knowledge of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. She will provide support, educational materials and resources, and serve as a personal liaison for you and your child as you navigate through your family’s entire journey, from diagnosis through treatment.

Oncology (Cancer) Care Coordinator
Barb Plummer, RN, BSN, MBA

Phone: (302) 651-5754
Email: barbara.plummer@nemours.org

 
Blood & Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator

Our transplant coordinator assists the medical team in evaluating your child for a blood and bone marrow transplant, helps your family with preprocedure testing, prepares your child for treatment and provides information and support during the waiting period. After the blood and bone marrow transplant, the transplant coordinator supports your child and family with medication management, coordination of follow-up visits and obtaining helpful community resources.

Barbara Wojital-Reader, RN, BSN

Phone: (302) 651-7074
Email: barbara.wojtal@nemours.org

 
Sickle Cell Nurse Practitioners

Our hematology advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) have specialized education, training, experience and skill that have prepared them to care for children and adolescents with blood disorders, particularly sickle cell disease.

Dawn S. Brown, ARNP (primarily a sickle cell disease research nurse)
Erin Coyne, ARNP

 
Nursing Staff

Registered nurses (or “RNs”) provide much of the day-to-day care in our hospital, closely monitoring your child’s condition and performing vital jobs like giving medicine. They provide 24-hour care at your child’s bedside.

All of our approximately 70 nurses undergo extensive training and are certified by the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON). All of our nurses are also certified pediatric oncology/hematology nurses (CPON). That means everyone on our extensive nursing staff is an expert in both fields.

Nurse Manager

Mary Newman, RN, BSN, CPON

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dyane Bunnell, MSN, RN-BC, CPON, AOCNS

 
Licensed Clinical Social Workers

A licensed clinical social worker (or “LCSW”) can help you, your child and your family cope with the many different emotions and concerns about any challenges you might face. They can also help coordinate the health care your child needs and find resources in your community.

Diana Rash-Ellis, LCSW

Phone: (302) 651-4571
Email: diana.rashellis@nemours.org

Cortney Jones, LCSW

Phone: (302) 651-4554
Email: cortney.jones@nemours.org

Claudia VanLenten, LCSW

Phone: (302) 651-4550
Email: claudia.vanlenten@nemours.org

Elizabeth (Lisa) Wood, LCSW

Phone: (302) 651-4553
Email: elizabeth.wood@nemours.org


Learn More About Social Work »

 
Survivorship Specialist

Pediatric survivorship specialists such as hematologists, oncologists and nurses provide healthcare information to children and teens who are finished with treatment and on their way to being cancer-free. Our on-staff survivorship specialist works with survivors and their families to provide a complete history of diagnosis, treatment, potential late-effects and recommended long-term follow up as well as information and resources from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).

Joanne Quillen, APRN

Phone: (302) 651-6765
Email: joanne.quillen@nemours.org


Team Members Who Also Provide Care

 
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Therapists

Physical therapists and occupational therapists may work with your child to improve coordination, motor skills, and skills to play, function in school and perform routine activities.

Physical Therapists (PTs)

Christine Zwick, PT, DPT (primary oncology PT)
Dana Mieczkowski, PT, DPT (secondary PT)

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Chelsea Miles, OTR/L, CBIS


Learn More About Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation »

 
Registered Dietitian

Clinical dietitians are trained to create diet plans and offer dietary counseling to meet your child’s special needs. They can work with you and your child while you’re in the hospital, prior to discharge and in the outpatient setting as well.

Michell Fullmer, RD, LDN, CSP

Learn More About Nutrition »

 
Speech & Language Pathologist

Pediatric speech and language pathologists (also called “speech and language therapists”) provide evaluation, diagnosis and management for children with communication, swallowing and/or feeding issues that may arise from the condition or the treatment.


Additional Support Team Members

 
Child Life Specialists

A Child Life specialist is a graduate of a bachelor’s or master’s program in education, human growth and development, psychology or counseling and certified through rigorous training. They’re experienced in helping children and adolescents deal with a serious illness, and cope with feelings like sadness, fear, guilt, anger and confusion through play and activities.

 
Creative Art Therapy

Creativity of any kind – doing arts and crafts, listening to music or writing a story – helps kids explore and identify feelings, deal with emotions and even get better, faster.

Learn More About Creative Arts Therapy »

 
Pastoral Care Providers

Our pastoral care team can help you cope with the stress of a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis or just being away from home. They can be sounding boards for you if faced with difficult decisions, offer religious services, and contact a clergy member of your own religious tradition.

Pastoral Care Director
Cesar Espineda

Phone: (302) 651-5063
Email: cesar.espineda@nemours.org


Learn More About Pastoral Care »

 
Teachers (Nemours School Program)

If your child is of school age and will be staying at the hospital for 10 days or more, our licensed and certified teachers will work with you, your child’s teachers at school and your child’s care team to provide appropriate hospital homebound instruction. Education sessions can take place at your child’s bedside or in our hospital classroom, during normal school days and hours.

Louise Lahm

Phone: (302) 651-4960
Email: louise.lahm@nemours.org

Alycia Taggi, CBIS

Phone: (302) 651-4961
Email: alycia.taggi@nemours.org


Learn More About Our School Program »

 
Transition of Care Specialist

Our transition of care specialist helps you transition your teen or into adult health care — helping you find nonpediatric providers and scheduling appointments with the transition of care team and your child’s existing and new medical care teams to ensure the very best continuity of care.

Corie Nourie, MSW

Phone: (302) 651-4812
Email: cory.nourie@nemours.org


Learn More About Transition of Care »

Doctors and Care Teams in Central Florida

Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders’ oncologists (cancer doctors) and hematologists (blood disorder doctors) at Nemours Children’s Hospital (“NCH”) and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Orlando work hand in hand with a highly skilled care team of nurses, specialists, therapists and support staff.


Physicians

Ramamoorthy Nagasubramanian, MD

Division Chief, Hematology/Oncology

Specialties: pediatric oncology, hematology (blood disorders), leukemia, lymphoma, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, bone tumors, brain tumors, sarcoma

Make an Appointment: (407) 650-7715
Learn More About Dr. Nagasubramanian »

 
Hematologists/Oncologists

Paul R. Gordon, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, hematology (blood disorders), blood and bone marrow transplantation, leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell disease, bone tumors, brain tumors, retinoblastoma (eye tumor)

Make an Appointment: (407) 650-7715
Learn More About Dr. Gordon »


Additional Medical Doctors and Specialists

 
Behavioral Health (Psychology & Psychiatry)

A child psychologist or a child psychiatrist is a mental health expert with advanced training in helping children and teens. Children with serious conditions such as cancer and sickle cell disease may experience emotional, behavioral and/or cognitive (learning) side effects as part of their disease, treatment — or due to the stress and fear of coping with their disease, hospitalization and the change in their day-to-day lives. Depending on your child’s condition, our pediatric oncology specialist may recommend consulting with one of our behavioral health experts.

 
Cardiology

Pediatric cardiologists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities of the heart and blood vessels in infants, children and teens. One of our cardiologists may work with your child’s cancer specialist to address a cardiac condition or problem.

 
Endocrinology

Our pediatric endocrinologists work with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to provide care, treatment, education and supportive services to children dealing with endocrine disorders and hormone imbalances, which can affect the way your child grows, develops and feels.

 
Gastroenterology (Digestive Health)

Our board-certified doctors evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions in pediatric gastroenterology (or “pediatric GI”), which includes digestive problems and abdominal pain. 

 
Hepatology (Liver Care)

A hepatologist (liver care specialist) may evaluate and treat your child for a liver condition acquired through disease or infection.

 
Immunology

Our immunologists (doctors who specialize in malfunctions of the immune system such as autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency and transplant rejection) have a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating immune system conditions. 

 
Infectious Diseases

Patients with pediatric cancer can have a higher risk of developing an infection, especially if their immune systems are not fully functioning. Nemours’ team of pediatric infectious disease specialists can help uncover the cause and nature of infections, create a care plan and work with your child's doctor so your child will be well-monitored.

 
Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists are specially trained to use radiology equipment (MRI, CT or CAT scan, ultrasound) to perform image-guided, minimally invasive procedures such as biopsies, structural vascular repair and sometimes tumor removal, if possible. At Nemours Children’s Hospital, we have the state’s only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist.

 
Nephrology (Kidney Health)

If your child develops a kidney problem or condition through disease or infection, our pediatric nephrology (kidney care) specialists are ready to assist on your child’s behalf. They can evaluate and treat a wide range of kidney (renal) problems, including urinary tract infections, high blood pressure and kidney damage.

 
Neurology

Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the brain and nervous system. If needed, pediatric neurologists will work with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders team to offer your child comprehensive care.

 
Neurosurgery

If your child needs surgery involving the brain, skull, spinal cord, spinal column or other parts of the nervous system, we’re fortunate to have experienced pediatric neurosurgeons on staff. Your child's pediatric cancer specialist will work closely with the neurosurgery team — and with you and other family members to ensure that you’re informed and part of the care decisions.

 
Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

Our ophthalmologists are experts in diagnosing and treating pediatric eye conditions. If your child develops a vision problem while being treated for cancer or a blood disorder, we’ll work with one of our ophthalmologists to manage the condition.

 
Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that treats conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. If your child has a bone tumor or any other skeletal issue, our pediatric orthopedic physicians and surgeons will work with your child’s pediatric oncology specialist to diagnose and treat any orthopedic problems.

 
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)

A specialist from otolaryngology (better known as “ear, nose and throat” or “ENT”) may work with the oncology and blood disorder team to evaluate and treat tumors and other conditions that may require care.

 
Pain Management, Palliative Care & Integrative Medicine

Pediatric pain management providers prescribe pain medicines, integrative therapies (such as yoga, meditation, biofeedback, etc.) and supportive therapies to help manage pain and/or discomfort before, during and after treatment for cancer and blood disorders. Our goal with these medical practices is to use the least amount of medicine possible to bring your child physical and emotional wellness.

 
Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery

If your child needs surgery, our surgeons and specialized teams are skilled in procedures ranging from routine outpatient surgery to complex inpatient surgeries. Pediatric surgeons perform general surgery (also called “pediatric surgery”) and thoracic surgery, which means operations for children on areas of the body other than the “brain, bones and heart.”

 
Pulmonology (Respiratory Care)

If your child’s condition involves the lungs and airways, we may call upon the expertise of pulmonary specialists (lung and respiratory care doctors known as “pulmonologists”). They evaluate and treat kids with breathing problems and other respiratory and sleep issues, and work hand-in-hand with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders team.

 
Urology & Urologic Surgery

Your child’s condition may involve a problem with the kidneys, ureter, bladder, urethra, penis or testes. All of these form the genitourinary system (the reproductive system and urinary tract), which is still growing and developing. Your child may see a pediatric urologists for problems like these.


Care Team Members Your Child May See

Core Team Members

 
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric oncology and hematology advanced registered nurse practitioners (also called “ARNPs”) have specialized education, training, experience and skills that have prepared them to care for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders.

Dawn Seward, ARNP
Phone: (407) 650-7547
Email: dawn.seward@nemours.org

 
Hematology & Oncology Case Managers

Pediatric oncology and hematology case managers are advanced practice nurses with extensive experience working in cancer and blood disorders. Our case managers have in-depth knowledge of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. They will provide support, educational materials and resources, and serve as a personal liaison for you and your child as you navigate through the treatment process.

Aynalem Amare, RN
Pinkal “Pinky” Amin, RN

Hematology and Oncology Clinical Research Nurse

Kristen Gibbs, RN

 
Registered Nurses

Registered nurses (or “RNs”) provide much of the day-to-day care in our hospital, closely monitoring your child’s condition and performing vital jobs like giving medicine. They provide 24-hour care at your child’s bedside. Our nurses undergo extensive training in the specialty of pediatric oncology and hematology, and are dedicated to giving the best possible care.

 
Long-Term Follow-Up Care

Our long-term follow-up care coordinator is a central member of the team who, under the supervision of the attending physician, monitors your child’s health and wellness after treatment, and well beyond.

Dawn Seward, ARNP

Phone: (407) 650-7547
Email: dawn.seward@nemours.org

 
Licensed Clinical Social Workers

A licensed clinical social worker (or “LCSW”) can help you, your child and your family cope with the many different emotions and concerns about any challenges you might face. They can also help coordinate the health care your child needs and find resources in your community.


Team Members Who Also Provide Care

 
Registered Dietitian

Clinical dietitians are trained to create diet plans and offer dietary counseling to meet your child’s special needs. They can work with you and your child while you’re in the hospital, prior to discharge and in the outpatient setting as well.

 
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Therapists

Occupational therapists and physical therapists may work with your child to improve coordination, motor skills, and skills to play, function in school and perform routine activities.

Learn More About Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation »

 
Speech & Language Pathologists

Pediatric speech and language pathologists (also called “speech and language therapists”) provide evaluation, diagnosis and management for children with communication, swallowing and/or feeding issues that may arise from the condition or the treatment.


Additional Support Team Members

 
Child Life Specialists

A Child Life specialist is a graduate of a bachelor’s or master’s program in education, human growth and development, psychology or counseling and certified through rigorous training. They’re experienced in helping children and adolescents deal with a serious illness, and cope with feelings like sadness, fear, guilt, anger and confusion through play and activities.

 
Spiritual Care Providers

Our spiritual care team can help you cope with the stress of a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis or just being away from home. They can be sounding boards for you if faced with difficult decisions, offer religious counseling and contact a clergy member of your own religious tradition.

Hospital Chaplain
Jim DeGrado

Phone: (407) 650-7847


Learn More About Spiritual Care »

Doctors and Care Teams in Jacksonville, Fla.

Our Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (NCCBD) pediatric oncology (cancer) and hematology (blood disorder) specialists at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville work hand in hand with a highly skilled care team of nurses, specialists, therapists and support staff, as well as clinicians at Wolfson Children's Hospital, connected by a walkway. Our family of experts has a long history of helping the families of Northern Florida with whatever pediatric oncology or hematology issues they face.


Physicians

Eric Sandler, MD

Division Chief, Hematology/Oncology

Specialties: pediatric oncology, neuro-oncology, hematology (blood disorders), blood and bone marrow transplantation, bone tumors, long-term follow-up care

Make an Appointment: (904) 697-3789
Learn More About Dr. Sandler »

 
Hematologists/Oncologists

Manisha Bansal, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, hematology (blood disorders), sickle cell disease

Make an Appointment: (904) 697-3789
Learn More About Dr. Bansal »


Scott Bradfield, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, hematology (blood disorders), blood and bone marrow transplantation, bone tumors

Make an Appointment: (904) 697-3789
Learn More About Dr. Bradfield »


Cynthia Gauger, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, hematology (blood disorders), hemophilia, sickle cell disease

Make an Appointment: (904) 697-3789
Learn More About Dr. Gauger »


Michael Joyce, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, hematology (blood disorders), blood and bone marrow transplantation

Make an Appointment: (904) 697-3789
Learn More About Dr. Joyce »


Paul Pitel, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology, hematology (blood disorders)

Make an Appointment: (904) 697-3789
Learn More About Dr. Pitel »


Additional Medical Doctors and Specialists

Sometimes children with cancer and blood disorders may have other conditions as well. Depending on the type and severity of their disease and treatment, some kids may need multiple specialists, whereas others may need only a few. Whatever your child needs, know that we’ll work together with other Nemours specialists and our partners at Wolfson Children’s Hospital (where our patients receive inpatient care) to help the children we treat get the very best, most well-rounded care.

 
Endocrinology

Our pediatric endocrinologists work with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to provide care, treatment, education and supportive services to children dealing with endocrine disorders and hormone imbalances, which can affect the way your child grows, develops and feels.

 
Gastroenterology (Digestive Health)

Our board-certified doctors evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions in pediatric gastroenterology (or “pediatric GI”), which includes digestive problems and abdominal pain. 

 
Hepatology (Liver Care)

A hepatologist (liver care specialist) may evaluate and treat your child for a liver condition acquired through disease or infection.

 
Infectious Diseases

Patients with pediatric cancer can have a higher risk of developing an infection, especially if their immune systems are not fully functioning. Nemours’ team of pediatric infectious disease specialists can help uncover the cause and nature of infections, create a care plan and work with your child's doctor so your child will be well-monitored.

 
Interventional Radiology

Pediatric interventional radiology (also known as “image-guided therapy”) involves the use of medical imaging techniques to guide our experts as they perform procedures to diagnose and treat vascular anomalies (problems with blood and lymph vessels), structural problems and tumors. If your child needs treatment for a vascular anomaly or a tumor, we may be able to address it using image-guided therapies instead of/or complementary to traditional surgery.

See a List of Our Interventional Radiologists »

 
Neurology

Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the brain and nervous system. If needed, pediatric neurologists will work with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders team to offer your child comprehensive care.

 
Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

Our ophthalmologists are experts in diagnosing and treating pediatric eye conditions. If your child develops a vision problem while being treated for cancer or a blood disorder, we’ll work with one of our ophthalmologists to manage the condition.

 
Orthopedics & Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that treats conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. If your child has a bone tumor or any other skeletal issue, our pediatric orthopedic physicians and surgeons will work with your child’s pediatric oncology specialist to diagnose and treat any orthopedic problems.

 
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)

A specialist from otolaryngology (better known as “ear, nose and throat” or “ENT”) may work with the oncology and blood disorder team to evaluate and treat tumors and other conditions that may require care.

 
Pediatric General Surgery

If your child needs surgery, our pediatric general surgeons and specialized teams are skilled in procedures ranging from routine outpatient surgery to complex inpatient surgeries. Pediatric surgeons perform “general surgery” (also called “pediatric surgery”), which means operations on areas of the body other than the “brain, bones and heart.”

 
Psychology & Psychiatry

Child psychologists and child psychiatrists are mental health experts with advanced training in helping children and teens. Kids with serious conditions such as cancer and sickle cell disease may experience short- and/or long-term emotional, behavioral and/or cognitive (learning) side effects as part of their disease or treatment, or due to the stress and fear of coping with their disease, hospitalization and the change in their day-to-day lives. Depending on your child’s condition, our pediatric oncology specialist may recommend consulting with one of our behavioral health experts.

Learn More About Psychology and Psychiatry »

 
Pulmonology (Respiratory Care)

If your child’s condition involves the lungs and airways, we may call upon the expertise of pulmonary specialists (lung and respiratory care doctors known as “pulmonologists”). They evaluate and treat kids with breathing problems and other respiratory and sleep issues, and work hand-in-hand with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders team.

 
Urology & Urologic Surgery

Your child’s condition may involve a problem with the kidneys, ureter, bladder, urethra, penis or testes. All of these form the genitourinary system (the reproductive system and urinary tract), which is still growing and developing. Your child may see a pediatric urologists for problems like these.

 
Medical Care at Wolfson Children's Hospital

In addition to care at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, our oncology and hematology patients may also see board-certified pediatric physicians and care providers in the following medical services at our affiliate and neighbor, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, which is connected to our clinic by a sky walkway:

  • cardiology (heart health)
  • gastroenterology (GI)
  • integrative medicine
  • interventional radiology
  • nephrology (kidney health)
  • neurosurgery
  • pain management, palliative and supportive care
  • physical therapists/occupational therapists

Learn More About Wolfson Children’s Hospital »


Care Team Members Your Child May See

Core Team Members

 
Registered Nurses

Registered nurses (or “RNs”) provide much of the day-to-day care in our hospital, closely monitoring your child’s condition and performing vital jobs like giving medicine. They provide 24-hour care at your child’s bedside and serve as your child’s outpatient care coordinator. Our nurses undergo extensive training in the specialty of pediatric oncology and hematology, and are dedicated to giving the best possible care.

Hematology/Oncology Nurse Manager
Sally Hendricks, RN

Phone: (904) 697-3204
Email: sally.hendricks@nemours.org

Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant

Abbey Busch, RN
Annette Dukes, RN
Katie McGill, RN

Hematology

Alex Boddie, RN

Hemophilia

Missy Zippel, RN

Neuro-Oncology

Cynthia Kiddey, RN

Oncology

Dana Collins, RN
Charita Harker-Fasci, RN
Jessica Terrell, RN

Sickle Cell Disease

Jennifer Barger, RN
Monica Queeley, RN

 
Nurse Practitioners

Pediatric oncology and hematology advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) have specialized education, training, experience and skill that have prepared them to care for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders.

Inpatient Coordinator

Cherri Rosimini, ARNP

Proton Therapy Coordinator

Annie Rini, ARNP

 
Long-Term Follow-Up Coordinator

The long-term follow-up care coordinator for our Late Effects Program is a central member of the team who, under the supervision of the attending physician, monitors your child’s health and wellness after treatment — and well beyond. We provide your child with a complete history of diagnosis, treatment, potential late-effects and recommended long-term follow up as well as information and resources from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).

Dana Collins, BSN, RN

Phone: (904) 697-3789
Email: dana.collins@nemours.org

 
Licensed Rehabilitation Specialist

A licensed clinical social worker (or “LCSW”) can help you, your child and your family cope with the many different emotions and concerns about any challenges you might face. They can also help coordinate the health care your child needs and find resources in your community.

Oncology
Pamela Bowers, LCSW

Email: pamela.bowers@nemours.org

Helena Richards, LCSW

Email: helena.richards@nemours.org

Hematology
Cristin Picciano, LCSW

Email: cristin.picciano@nemours.org


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Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

Our vocational rehabilitation (rehab) specialist provides rehabilitation counseling and vocational services to our hematology/oncology patients.

Pablo Saldana, PhD, LCSW

Email: pablo.saldana@nemours.org

 
Child Life Specialists

A Child Life specialist is a graduate of a bachelor’s or master’s program in education, human growth and development, psychology or counseling and certified through rigorous training. Child Life specialists are experienced in helping children and adolescents deal with a serious illness, and cope with feelings such as sadness, fear, guilt, anger and confusion through play and activities.

To make sure your child doesn’t fall behind in school during a long hospital stay or course of treatment, our Child Life specialist also can arrange for onsite educational tutoring and school visits. Our specialist will work with your child’s regular schoolteachers to develop an education plan, and when it’s time, create a smooth school re-entry transition with appropriate school services.

Jolie Craver

Phone: (904) 697-3908
Email: joli.craver@nemours.org


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Team Members Who Also Provide Care

 
Registered Dietitians

Clinical dietitians are trained to create diet plans and offer dietary counseling to meet your child’s special needs. They can work with you and your child while you’re in the hospital, prior to discharge and in the outpatient setting as well.

Elizabeth Bobo, MS, RD, Ld/N, CNSC

Email: elizabeth.bobo@nemours.org


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Speech & Language Pathologists

Pediatric speech and language pathologists (also called “speech and language therapists”) provide evaluation, diagnosis and management for children with communication, swallowing and/or feeding issues that may arise from the condition or the treatment.

Doctors and Care Teams in Pensacola, Fla.

Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders physicians at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola provide both oncology (cancer) and hematology (blood disorders) care. We work hand in hand with a highly skilled care team of nurses, specialists, therapists and support staff, as well as experts at The Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart, the only children’s hospital in our region.

Together, we offer comprehensive treatment including chemotherapy and immunotherapy, pediatric general surgery and neurosurgery, and radiation therapy (provided through the Sacred Heart Cancer Center — a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network). Our family of experts has a long history of helping the families of northwest Florida, south Alabama and beyond with whatever pediatric oncology or hematology issues they face.


Physicians

Jeffrey Schwartz, MD

Division Chief, Hematology/Oncology

Specialties: pediatric oncology and hematology (blood disorders)

Make an Appointment: (850) 505-4790
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Hematologists/Oncologists

Roger L. Berkow, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology and hematology (blood disorders)

Make an Appointment: (850) 505-4790
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Evangeline Brown, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology and hematology (blood disorders)
Make an Appointment: (850) 505-4790
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Cynthia A. Gauger, MD

Specialties: hemophilia

Make an Appointment: (850) 505-4790
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Richard Parmley, MD

Specialties: pediatric oncology and hematology (blood disorders)

Make an Appointment: (850) 505-4790
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Additional Medical Doctors and Specialists

Sometimes children with cancer and blood disorders may have other conditions as well. Depending on the type and severity of their disease and treatment, some kids may need multiple specialists, whereas others may need only a few. Whatever your child needs, know that we’ll work together with other Nemours specialists to help our patients get the very best, most well-rounded care.

 
Cardiology

Pediatric cardiologists are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities of the heart and blood vessels in infants, children and teens. One of our cardiologists may work with your child’s cancer specialist to address a cardiac condition or problem.

 
Endocrinology

Our pediatric endocrinologists work with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders to provide care, treatment, education and supportive services to children dealing with endocrine disorders and hormone imbalances, which can affect the way your child grows, develops and feels.

 
Gastroenterology (Digestive Health)

Our board-certified doctors evaluate, diagnose and treat a variety of conditions in pediatric gastroenterology (or “pediatric GI”), which includes digestive problems and abdominal pain. 

 
Immunology

Our immunologists (doctors who specialize in malfunctions of the immune system such as autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiency and transplant rejection) have a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating immune system conditions. 

 
Nephrology (Kidney Health)

If your child develops a kidney problem or condition through disease or infection, our pediatric nephrology (kidney care) specialists are ready to assist on your child’s behalf. They can evaluate and treat a wide range of kidney (renal) problems, including urinary tract infections, high blood pressure and kidney damage.

 
Orthopedics

Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that treats conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. If your child has a bone tumor or any other skeletal issue, our pediatric orthopedic physicians and surgeons will work with your child’s pediatric oncology specialist to diagnose and treat any orthopedic problems.

 
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose &Throat)

A specialist from otolaryngology (better known as “ear, nose and throat” or “ENT”) may work with the oncology and blood disorder team to evaluate and treat tumors and other conditions that may require care.

 
Pediatric General Surgery

If your child needs surgery, the surgeons and specialized teams we work with at The Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart are skilled in procedures ranging from routine outpatient surgery to complex inpatient surgeries. Pediatric surgeons perform “general surgery” (also called “pediatric surgery”), which means operations on areas of the body other than the brain, bones and heart.

 
Pulmonary (Respiratory Care)

If your child’s condition involves the lungs and airways, we may call upon the expertise of pulmonary specialists (lung and respiratory care doctors known as “pulmonologists”). They evaluate and treat kids with breathing problems and other respiratory and sleep issues, and work hand-in-hand with the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders team.

 
Urology (Urinary Health) & Urologic Surgery

Your child’s condition may involve a problem with the kidneys, ureter, bladder, urethra, penis or testes. All of these form the genitourinary system (the reproductive system and urinary tract), which is still growing and developing. Your child may see a pediatric urologists for problems like these.

 
Medical Care at The Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart

In addition to care at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola, our oncology and hematology patients may also see board-certified pediatric physicians and care providers in the following medical services at our affiliate and neighbor, The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, as well as other nearby health care providers:

  • behavioral health
  • infectious diseases
  • interventional radiology
  • neurology (offered through a local pediatrics group)
  • neurosurgery
  • ophthalmology (provided as part of the Medical Center Clinic)
  • palliative and supportive care (inpatient services are offered through The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart; referrals for outpatient services)
  • rehabilitation (physical, occupational and speech therapies)

Care Team Members Your Child May See

Core Team Members

 
Registered Nurses

Our clinic nurses provide outpatient care and also serve as the pediatric oncology and hematology care coordinators. Our infusion center nurses give patients their medications. Our nurses undergo extensive training in the specialty of pediatric oncology and hematology, and are dedicated to giving the best possible care.

Alissa Gunter, RN
Kym Palmer, RN
Jessica Simpson, RN
 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

A licensed clinical social worker (or “LCSW”) can help you, your child and your family cope with the many different emotions and concerns about any challenges you might face. They can also help coordinate the health care your child needs and find resources in your community.

Jenny Greunke, LCSW

Phone: (850) 473-4519
Email: jennifer.greunke@nemours.org


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Registered Dietitian

Clinical dietitians are trained to create diet plans and offer dietary counseling to meet your child’s special needs. They can work with you and your child while you’re in the hospital, prior to discharge and in the outpatient setting as well.

Emilee Shelton, RD, LD, CDE

Phone: (850) 505-4733
Email: emilee.shelton@nemours.org


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