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Bhatia Honored for Excellence in Childhood Cancer Survivorship by The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

BIRMINGHAM (May 16, 2019) – Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, professor/director, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship in the UAB School of Medicine/Vice Chair for Outcomes in the Department of Pediatrics who treats patients at Children’s of Alabama, was recently recognized by the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) with the Northwestern Mutual Award for Excellence in Childhood Cancer Survivorship.

The award was presented at the ASPHO annual conference in New Orleans and recognizes an individual who has translated research findings into intervention-based approaches and/or has made outstanding contributions to the clinical care of survivors of childhood cancer. If Bhatia’s research is successful, her findings would provide evidence for a personalized therapeutic approach to childhood cancer.

Founded in 1981, the ASPHO currently has 2,000 members and offers a forum for the exchange of ideas on issues of special interests and concern to people in the specialty, as well as a means for facilitating communication among members. ASPHO is the only professional organization dedicated solely to the professional development and interest of subspecialists in pediatric hematology/oncology.

ASPHO works to actively advance programs and initiatives in professional education, scientific and clinical research, training  and practice issues. Both ASPHO's conference and its journal, Pediatric Blood & Cancer, provide forums for presenting research to colleagues and peers.

 The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders provides care and treatment for children and adolescents with all types of cancers and blood disorders. The center serves more than 1,500 cancer and sickle cell patients each year. The team of more than 300 dedicated pediatric healthcare professionals provides exceptional patient care, education and research. As a founding member of the Children’s Oncology Group – a worldwide clinical trials organization supported by the National Cancer Institute – research and innovative therapies done at Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will help save the lives of children right down the street and all over the world. More information is available at

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children. 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, 42 other states and seven 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, it is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional specialty services provided at Children’s South, Children’s on 3rd and in Huntsville and Montgomery. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. More information is available at