The Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Health℠ is a world-class pediatric treatment center recognized for exceptional clinical care, leadership in pediatric cancer research and academic excellence. The Center’s achievements in clinical care, research and teaching positions Children’s Health as a national leader in diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancer. Since 1967, Children’s Health has cultivated a long-standing affiliation with University of Texas Southwestern to create a center with the highest commitment to serving its patients as part of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
In 2007, Children’s Health received a generous gift from the Pauline Allen Gill Foundation in support of the Center. The gift was intended to support outpatient services as well to partially fund the construction and renovation of the sixth floor of the Children’s Medical Center Dallas. This renovation allows Children’s Health to create an expanded space that is also more patient-friendly, providing seamless services to the patients and their families in one location.
As the largest program of its kind across most of the middle United States, the Center is involved in clinical, translational and laboratory research and carries out multiple missions related to education and advocacy. It provides diagnostic and treatment services to approximately 1,200 new patients each year. Collectively, the program is responsible for the diagnosis and management of children with cancer and disorders involving the blood.
The efforts of the hematology-oncology physicians are supported on an integral basis by an outstanding staff of clinical and advanced practice providers, child life specialists, psychosocial staff, and research personnel. In addition, collaboration with other medical and surgical specialties helps support activities of the center that keep the program among the very best in the nation. The Center is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest organization uniting more than 8,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities and cancer centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe in the fight against childhood cancer.
In addition to training medical students and residents, since 1983 the fellowship training program at Children’s Health and UT Southwestern has prepared more than 70 pediatricians to become blood and cancer specialists. Some of the program’s graduates are now national leaders in their respective areas of patient care research.
A multidisciplinary approach is used in the Gill Center to plan and deliver clinical care that is targeted to meet the needs of each child. Among the services offered are child life, social work, child psychiatry, nutritional support, pastoral care, physical and occupational therapy, and prosthetics services.