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Skapek, Stephen

Stephen Skapek, M.D., is the medical director of the Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Health℠ and chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. In addition to his work at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern, Dr. Skapek serves on the Executive Committee and the Scientific Council of the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. He is also a member of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas’ advisory committee on childhood cancer and holds the Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research at UT Southwestern.

Leavey, Patrick

Patrick Leavey, M.D., is the associate medical director for clinical affairs for the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the director of the Musculoskeletal Tumors Program at Children’s Health℠. Dr. Leavey has been listed among the best pediatric specialists in Dallas for many years. He is the vice president of the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the secretary-treasurer of the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties.

Amatruda, James

James Amatruda, M.D., is an attending physician in the Cancer and Blood Disorder Program at Children’s Health℠. He is a physician-scientist who divides his time between his cancer research laboratory and the clinic. Dr. Amatruda earned his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and fellowships in hematology and oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; in molecular genetics at Consglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Italy; and in pediatric hematology at Children's Hospital of Boston.

Aquino, Victor

Victor Michael Aquino, M.D., is a physician with the Cancer and Blood Disorder Program at Children’s Health℠. He is active in the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium and is a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Aquino earned his medical degree in 1989 from the State University of New York in Syracuse, where he also completed his residency in pediatrics. He went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Aquino's clinical interests include pediatric bone marrow transplantation.

Bowers, Daniel

Daniel Bowers, M.D., is the medical director of pediatric neuro-oncology at Children’s Health℠. Dr. Bowers earned his medical degree at UT Southwestern. He then completed his residency in general pediatrics at UT Southwestern and performed his fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Bowers is a full member of the Children’s Oncology Group and serves on the central nervous system tumors committee, where his role is to develop new treatments for low-grade gliomas in children. He soon will be leading a national clinical trial for children with recurrent low-grade gliomas.

Klesse, Laura

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. Dr. Klesse is one of the few neurofibromatosis specialists in the country. She earned her medical and doctoral degrees at UT Southwestern Medical Center, completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Medical Center and performed her fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at UT Southwestern.

Koh, Andrew

Andrew Koh, M.D., is a physician with the Cancer and Blood Disorder Program at Children’s Health℠. He earned his medical degree in 1996 from Harvard Medical School and completed a dual fellowship in hematology/oncology and infectious diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Koh is also director of pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Laetsch, Theodore

Theodore Laetsch, M.D., is part of the Children’s Health℠ Pediatric Hematology Oncology team. He earned his medical degree in 2005 from the University of California, San Francisco, Medical School. He then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Colorado, as well as a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Laetsch’s clinical interests include childhood cancer and novel therapeutics for pediatric cancer.

Martin, Andrew

Andrew Martin, M.D., is a physician with the Cancer and Blood Disorder Program at Children’s Health℠. He earned his medical degree in 2006 from the University of Texas Galveston Medical School. Dr. Martin completed his pediatrics residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Martin’s clinical interests include general pediatric hematology and oncology and pediatric sarcoma.

Simms-Waldrip, Tiffany

Tiffany R. Simms-Waldrip, M.D., is part of the Children’s Health℠ Pediatric Hematology Oncology team. She earned her medical degree from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Simms-Waldrip's clinical interests include stem cell transplantation and stem cell transplantation in bone marrow failure syndromes.

Slone, Tamra

Tamra Slone, M.D., earned her medical degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. She then completed a pediatrics residency at the University of North Alabama and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children's Health℠. Dr. Slone’s clinical interests include acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia.

Watt, Tanya

Tanya Watt, M.D., is part of the Children’s Health℠ Pediatric Hematology Oncology team with a focus on Pediatric Leukemia. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She then completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Her clinical interests include bone marrow transplant and neuroblastoma.

Wickiser, Jonathan

Jonathan Wickiser, M.D., is a physician with the Cancer and Blood Disorder Program at Children’s Health℠. He earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. He then completed a pediatric internship and residency at the University of Virginia, followed by a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His clinical interests include genitourinary tumors and hereditary cancer syndromes.

Winick, Naomi

Naomi Winick, M.D., is part of the Children's Health℠ Pediatric Hematology Oncology team. She earned her medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Winick completed a pediatrics internship and residency at Presbyterian Health Resources in New York and fellowships in pediatric hematology/oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the UT Health Science Center at Dallas. Dr. Winick's clinical interests include acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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