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Eric Sandler, MD, makes Newsweek 2015 Top Cancer Doctor List

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015


Eric Sandler, MD, chief of pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, has been named one of Newsweek’s Top Cancer Doctors for 2015.

The list was compiled for Newsweek by Castle Connolly Medical LTD, publisher of America’s Top Doctors®, via peer nominations and interviews with leading specialists, chairs of clinical departments and vice presidents of medical affairs across the country. Dr. Sandler has treated children with blood and bone marrow disorders, leukemia and other childhood cancers for 30 years, and is on the forefront of research, working tirelessly to support clinical trials and earn research grants.

"This prestigious honor reflects the hard work and dedication that Dr. Sandler has for his life’s work and the children he treats," said Michael D. Aubin, FACHE, Wolfson Children’s Hospital president. "We are extremely lucky to have someone of his caliber caring for children in our region, pushing for research dollars, leading the way in childhood cancer research and giving hope to so many families."

Dr. Sandler paved the way to create an endowed chair for research, and a position for a pediatric hematology/oncology fellow with a primary focus on research at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care and Wolfson Children’s Hospital. He participates in an annual mission trip to Mongolia in honor of a former patient to provide care for children with limited resources and treatment options, and travels the world to present research findings to other physicians in his field. In 2014, he established the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, one of two fully integrated pediatric oncology research programs in the country that combine the resources and expertise of Nemours locations in Wilmington, Del., Pensacola, Fla., Orlando, Fla. and Jacksonville, working together across geographic boundaries.

"Dr. Sandler’s contributions to the field of pediatric hematology and oncology will forever change how the disease is treated in the future," said Paul Pitel, MD, chair of Pediatrics at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care. "He is as committed to researching new treatments and cures as he is to providing the very highest level of care to families. He continues to hold leadership positions in the field at the state, regional and national level, and is a terrific asset for Nemours."

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.