Laura Jean Klesse, MD $$

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist

Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

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Laura Klesse, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Neurofibromatosis Program at Children’s Health and specializes in assessing and treating cancer predispositions.. She is also an associate professor of pediatrics and neurological surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Klesse earned her medical and doctoral degrees at UT Southwestern. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Health and performed her fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Klesse is one of the few neurofibromatosis specialists in the country. Neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors to form on nerve tissue, is the most common cancer predisposition syndrome in children, and managing this chronic disease requires continuity of care with a focus on screening and access to subspecialists. 

In addition to her research on neurofibromatosis, she is involved with a number of drug development trials as well as studies focused on some of the psychosocial consequences that patients with neurofibromatosis sometimes experience, such as bullying. 

Dr. Klesse is a member of the medical advisory board for the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation and for Neurofibromatosis Inc. Her professional memberships include the American Society for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, the American Society for Clinical Oncology, the Society for Neuro-Oncology and the Children’s Oncology Group.

Education and Training

Medical School
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2001)
Children's Medical Center Dallas (2005), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern Medical Center (HR) (2008), Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (2002), Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Hematology-Oncology

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