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BIRMINGHAM – Girish Dhall, M.D., has been named as the next division director for the Hematology-Oncology and Blood Marrow Transplantation program for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Pediatrics and Children’s of Alabama. Dr. Dhall is currently an associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Neuro-oncology Program at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) and will join the department at the end of May.
“We look forward to Dr. Dhall building on the strong leadership that has preceded him in the division, and we know that the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders will continue to excel in patient care, research and teaching in the years to come,” said Mitch Cohen, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the UAB School of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Children's.
Dhall has been at CHLA and on faculty at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California since 2007, when he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-oncology. His clinical interests include caring for children and young adults with primary brain and spinal cord tumors. He is dedicated to improving the survival rate of young children with brain tumors without the use of high levels of radiation therapy.
“I believe that Dr. Dhall’s leadership of the talented faculty and staff in the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, as well as the ongoing partnership with the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship and the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer at UAB will elevate the stature and reach of our pediatric cancer programs and be great for the children of Alabama, the region and beyond,” said Cohen.
Dhall completed his fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at New York University Medical Center, residency in pediatrics at New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York, and medical school at Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India. He is a member of multiple professional societies including Histiocyte Society, American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Neuro-oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, International Society of Pediatric Oncology and the Society for Pediatric Research.
He has successfully chaired many local and multi-institutional clinical trials and has been involved in many leadership roles on various national committees, including the chairmanship of the Young Investigator’s Committee in Children’s Oncology Group (COG). He has mentored many students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty over the last 10 years who have now taken leadership roles at many prestigious institutions across the country.
“I would like to thank everyone for welcoming Deepti and I to be a part of your UAB family,” said Dhall. “I am excited and truly honored to be among such distinguished group of people. I really look forward to working with all of you and will strive to make Children’s of Alabama and UAB a top destination for children with complex hematologic and oncologic disorders.”
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 45 other states and six foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is one of the top ten busiest pediatric medical facilities in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.