The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders


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The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is a partnership between the UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Children’s of Alabama, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and National Childhood Research entities including the National Cancer Institute and the Children’s Oncology Group.

Each year, more than 190 children are diagnosed with cancer in Alabama. The diagnoses include leukemia, lymphoma, brain and spinal cord tumors, solid tumors of muscle and bone, kidney and liver tumors and rare childhood cancers. There are approximately 2,000 patients treated with serious blood disorders, including sickle cell disease and hemophilia that receive care from the center each year.

We are committed to a CURE. Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders physicians are actively working toward the goal of a cure for all children through research and development of innovative therapies.

Clinical and Research Programs include:

Scheduling an Appointment
A physician's referral is required to schedule a first appointment in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinic. Further information may be obtained by calling 205-638-9285.

 

Our Cancer and Blood Disorders Team


Girish Dhall, MDGirish Dhall, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Benjamin Russell Endowed Chair in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology
Head, UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation
Director, The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama


Kimberly Whelan, MD, MSPHKimberly Whelan, MD, MSPH

Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Taking on Life after Cancer Clinic and Childhood Cancer Survivors Program
Director, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program


Elizabeth Alva, MD, MSPHElizabeth Alva, MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor
Neuro-Oncology Program


Smita Bhatia, MD, MPHSmita Bhatia, MD, MPH

Professor
Director, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship in the UAB School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Outcomes in the Dept. of Pediatrics


Christy Bemrich-Stolz, MDChristy Bemrich-Stolz, MD

Assistant Professor
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology


Joseph Chewning, MDJoseph Chewning, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program
Clinical Director, Lowder SCTU


Gregory Friedman, MDGregory Friedman, MD

Professor
Director, Developmental Therapeutics
Associate Scientist, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Neuro-Oncology Program


Frederick Goldman, MDFrederick Goldman, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Lowder Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program
Senior Scientist Immunology & Cancer Immunotherapeutics Program, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center


Hilary Haines, MDHilary Haines, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program
Associate Director, Fellowship Training Program


Lee M. Hilliard, MDLee M. Hilliard, MD

Professor of Pediatrics


Thomas H. Howard, MDThomas H. Howard, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Co-Director UAB Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center


Matthew Kutny, MDMatthew Kutny, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Histiocytosis Program


Wendy Landier, PhD, RNWendy Landier, PhD, RN

Professor
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship


Jeffrey Lebensburger, DOJeffrey Lebensburger, DO

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Hematology Section


Purnima Singh, PhDPurnima Singh, PhD

Assistant Professor
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship


Avi Madan-Swain, PhDAvi Madan-Swain, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Hope and Cope Psychosocial Program


Julie Wolfson MD, MSHSJulie Wolfson MD, MSHS

Assistant Professor
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship


Ana Xavier MDAna Xavier MD

Associate Professor

 

Research


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Clinical Programs


Clinical and Research ProgramsThe Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders boasts a U.S. Government-recognized Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center offering diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services to all children with bleeding and clotting disorders.

And thanks to excellent cooperation between surgical and hematology personnel, 98 percent of children with bleeding disorders who undergo surgery at Children’s of Alabama experience no bleeding complications.

Research focuses include sickle cell disease, bleeding disorders and a rare group of disorders known as Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. Through UAB’s membership in the Histiocyte Society, our staff has access to the latest international treatments for this difficult group of disorders.

Our physician scientists have made great progress toward improved therapies, fewer complications and, in some cases, a cure for serious blood disorders. Their ongoing commitment is nothing short of finding a total cure.

 

Fellowship Training


Clinical and Research Programs

The UAB Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program is a three-year training program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and affiliated with the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. The program provides an educational environment for fellows to develop a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of pediatric hematologic and oncologic disorders and excellence in the clinical diagnosis and management of these disorders. The program emphasizes the fundamentals of clinical diagnosis and provides an abundant and diverse clinical experience. Fellows are mentored by faculty composed of academic hematologists-oncologists, basic science researchers, clinician-educators, and clinical researchers. The program is housed in the only free-standing children’s hospital in the state and fellows rotate through the hematology-oncology inpatient service, stem cell transplant, outpatient hematology, and neuro-oncology. Additionally, trainees have access to specialized programs for childhood cancer survivors, developmental therapeutics, sickle cell disease, bone marrow failure disorders, hemostasis, and thrombosis. During their second and third years, fellows may take advantage of world-class basic science and translational research laboratories across the UAB campus or pursue clinical research activities while obtaining a Master of Science in Public Health. The program is flexible and is tailored to suit each individual's interests, previous experience, and future career goals. Upon completion of the program, our fellows are well prepared for careers in academic pediatric hematology-oncology.

UAB Program Information

 

News


Girish Dhall, MDPodcast: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Division Offers More Clinical Trials, Options for Treatment

Featured Speaker: Girish Dhall, MD

In this episode of the Inside Pediatrics Podcast, Dr. Girish Dhall shares exciting news from the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology team, including new collaborations and clinical trials available to patients, research and fellowship training opportunities, and a significant jump in the division's U.S. News & World Report ranking among the top programs in the country.

Listen Now


Jeffrey Lebensburger, MDPodcast: Sickle Cell Disease - Treatments, Advances and Cures

Featured Speaker: Jeffrey Lebensburger, DO, MSPH

In this episode of the Inside Pediatrics Podcast, Dr. Jeff Lebensburger shares an update on sickle cell disease – early detection and treatment, bone marrow transplants, current pain therapy and promising research for a cure within the first few months of life.

Listen Now

 

The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders


US News & World Report Rankings
 
US News & World Report Rankings
Joining the Be The Match Registry

The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is a partnership between the UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Children’s of Alabama, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and National Childhood Research entities including the National Cancer Institute and the Children’s Oncology Group.

Each year, more than 190 children are diagnosed with cancer in Alabama. The diagnoses include leukemia, lymphoma, brain and spinal cord tumors, solid tumors of muscle and bone, kidney and liver tumors and rare childhood cancers. There are approximately 2,000 patients treated with serious blood disorders, including sickle cell disease and hemophilia that receive care from the center each year.

We are committed to a CURE. Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders physicians are actively working toward the goal of a cure for all children through research and development of innovative therapies.

Clinical and Research Programs include:

Scheduling an Appointment
A physician's referral is required to schedule a first appointment in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinic. Further information may be obtained by calling 205-638-9285.

 

Our Cancer and Blood Disorders Team


Girish Dhall, MDGirish Dhall, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Benjamin Russell Endowed Chair in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology
Head, UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation
Director, The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama


Kimberly Whelan, MD, MSPHKimberly Whelan, MD, MSPH

Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Taking on Life after Cancer Clinic and Childhood Cancer Survivors Program
Director, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program


Elizabeth Alva, MD, MSPHElizabeth Alva, MD, MSPH

Assistant Professor
Neuro-Oncology Program


Smita Bhatia, MD, MPHSmita Bhatia, MD, MPH

Professor
Director, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship in the UAB School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Outcomes in the Dept. of Pediatrics


Christy Bemrich-Stolz, MDChristy Bemrich-Stolz, MD

Assistant Professor
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology


Joseph Chewning, MDJoseph Chewning, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program
Clinical Director, Lowder SCTU


Gregory Friedman, MDGregory Friedman, MD

Professor
Director, Developmental Therapeutics
Associate Scientist, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Neuro-Oncology Program


Frederick Goldman, MDFrederick Goldman, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Lowder Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program
Senior Scientist Immunology & Cancer Immunotherapeutics Program, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center


Hilary Haines, MDHilary Haines, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program
Associate Director, Fellowship Training Program


Lee M. Hilliard, MDLee M. Hilliard, MD

Professor of Pediatrics


Thomas H. Howard, MDThomas H. Howard, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Co-Director UAB Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center


Matthew Kutny, MDMatthew Kutny, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Histiocytosis Program


Wendy Landier, PhD, RNWendy Landier, PhD, RN

Professor
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship


Jeffrey Lebensburger, DOJeffrey Lebensburger, DO

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Hematology Section


Purnima Singh, PhDPurnima Singh, PhD

Assistant Professor
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship


Avi Madan-Swain, PhDAvi Madan-Swain, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Hope and Cope Psychosocial Program


Julie Wolfson MD, MSHSJulie Wolfson MD, MSHS

Assistant Professor
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship


Ana Xavier MDAna Xavier MD

Associate Professor

 

Research


Awaiting content

 

Clinical Programs


Clinical and Research ProgramsThe Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders boasts a U.S. Government-recognized Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center offering diagnostic, therapeutic and educational services to all children with bleeding and clotting disorders.

And thanks to excellent cooperation between surgical and hematology personnel, 98 percent of children with bleeding disorders who undergo surgery at Children’s of Alabama experience no bleeding complications.

Research focuses include sickle cell disease, bleeding disorders and a rare group of disorders known as Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. Through UAB’s membership in the Histiocyte Society, our staff has access to the latest international treatments for this difficult group of disorders.

Our physician scientists have made great progress toward improved therapies, fewer complications and, in some cases, a cure for serious blood disorders. Their ongoing commitment is nothing short of finding a total cure.

 

Fellowship Training


Clinical and Research Programs

The UAB Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program is a three-year training program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and affiliated with the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. The program provides an educational environment for fellows to develop a comprehensive understanding of the pathophysiology of pediatric hematologic and oncologic disorders and excellence in the clinical diagnosis and management of these disorders. The program emphasizes the fundamentals of clinical diagnosis and provides an abundant and diverse clinical experience. Fellows are mentored by faculty composed of academic hematologists-oncologists, basic science researchers, clinician-educators, and clinical researchers. The program is housed in the only free-standing children’s hospital in the state and fellows rotate through the hematology-oncology inpatient service, stem cell transplant, outpatient hematology, and neuro-oncology. Additionally, trainees have access to specialized programs for childhood cancer survivors, developmental therapeutics, sickle cell disease, bone marrow failure disorders, hemostasis, and thrombosis. During their second and third years, fellows may take advantage of world-class basic science and translational research laboratories across the UAB campus or pursue clinical research activities while obtaining a Master of Science in Public Health. The program is flexible and is tailored to suit each individual's interests, previous experience, and future career goals. Upon completion of the program, our fellows are well prepared for careers in academic pediatric hematology-oncology.

UAB Program Information

 

News


Girish Dhall, MDPodcast: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Division Offers More Clinical Trials, Options for Treatment

Featured Speaker: Girish Dhall, MD

In this episode of the Inside Pediatrics Podcast, Dr. Girish Dhall shares exciting news from the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology team, including new collaborations and clinical trials available to patients, research and fellowship training opportunities, and a significant jump in the division's U.S. News & World Report ranking among the top programs in the country.

Listen Now


Jeffrey Lebensburger, MDPodcast: Sickle Cell Disease - Treatments, Advances and Cures

Featured Speaker: Jeffrey Lebensburger, DO, MSPH

In this episode of the Inside Pediatrics Podcast, Dr. Jeff Lebensburger shares an update on sickle cell disease – early detection and treatment, bone marrow transplants, current pain therapy and promising research for a cure within the first few months of life.

Listen Now