The Division of Hematology-Oncology at Duke Children's Hospital offers the full spectrum of clinical services within this specialty to infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The Division's physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, research nurses, and basic scientists provide the expertise required to successfully diagnose and treat children afflicted with cancer and a variety of blood disorders and to perform the research that may potentially help prevent and cure these devastating diseases. Our physicians are committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and advocacy. There are disease-specific programs directed by our physicians, including those for patients with hemoglobinopathies, disorders of hemostasis, and cancer. Patients are provided compassionate, coordinated care with state-of-the-art treatment delivered by dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, and psychologists.
Our Division faculty conducts both clinical and basic research. Several are members of the Children's Oncology Group, while others are investigators within the Duke-UNC Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Still others are involved in the Duke Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center. In addition, some faculty members are conducting basic research related to the molecular biology of rhabdomyosarcomas.
The Division has an established fellowship training program for individuals who wish to specialize in hematology-oncology. The three-year program is fully accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education and offers one year of clinical training and two years of research training.
Our faculty and staff participate in multiple child advocacy activities, such as providing education within the community and serving as consultants to the state and federal government.
Combining superior medical expertise with equally compassionate care, we take pride in the exceptional level of attention that children receive at Duke Children's Hospital. We are dedicated to bringing help and hope to children with cancer and blood disorders and their families each and every day.
The Division of Hematology-Oncology at Duke Children's enjoys an international reputation in a number of areas and offers the full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient clinical services to infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Our oncology physicians are expert in the treatment of: leukemia, lymphoma neuroblastoma, musculoskeletal tumors, and myelodysplastic syndromes and offer a long term follow-up clinic for patients surviving a childhood malignancy.
Our hematology physicians offer comprehensive programs for children with sickle cell disease and bleeding or clotting disorders as well as expertise in the treatment of anemias, and white cell disorders.
At Duke Children's, we understand that a child's healthcare environment is important to the healing process. Our staff is dedicated to meeting the specific challenges of patients and their families, recognizing the values, culture, coping styles and beliefs of each.
Physicians and Staff
|Name||Areas of Special Interest|
|Michael B. Armstrong, MD, PhD||Advanced treatments for neuroblastoma, pediatric solid tumors, leukemia|
|Ray C. Barfield, MD, PhD||Research focused on improving therapeutics for neuroblastoma, improving the quality of life of children with complex, chronic or fatal illnesses, and study of areas where medical and theological interests intersect|
|Oren J. Becher, MD||Central nervous system tumors in children and teenagers; new treatment regimens for children and young adults with gliomas; interest in discovering novel, highly targeted, potent, and less toxic molecular inhibitors to treat brain tumors, and in testing novel drugs in genetic models of brain-stem gliomas or DIPGs|
|Melanie J. Bonner, PhD||Pediatric psychology; patients and families coping with chronic illness; psychological assessment of children and adolescents with medical, developmental, learning, and/or behavioral problems|
|Susan G. Kreissman, MD||Pediatric oncology, new therapeutics for neuroblastoma, apheresis, high-dose chemotherapy, clinical trials in childhood cancer|
|Corinne M. Linardic, MD, PhD||Pediatric hematology-oncology with emphasis on caring for children, adolescents, young adults with sarcomas|
|Philip M. Rosoff, MD, MA||Clinical medical ethics, philosophy of biology, pediatric oncology, childhood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, solid tumors), long-term follow-up of childhood cancer survivors|
|Jennifer A. Rothman, MD||Pediatric sickle cell disease; hematologic disorders in children; anemias; bone-marrow failure syndrome|
|Nirmish R. Shah, MD||Sickle cell disease (SCD), clotting, and hypercoagulable states; research of therapeutic SCD options, such as anticoagulation; development of a more formalized SCD transition clinic|
|Jessica M. Sun, MD||Pediatric hematology-oncology, treatment of childhood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, solid tumors)|
|Courtney D. Thornburg, MD, MS||Bleeding, thrombotic, and hematologic disorders in children; pharmacogenetics testing|
|Daniel S. Wechsler, MD, PhD||Pediatric leukemias and lymphomas, neuroblastoma, histiocytosis|
|Shelley Burgett, RN, FNP||Nurse Practitioner|
|Nicole Harris, PNP||Nurse Practitioner|
|Tracy Kelly RN, PNP||Nurse Practitioner|
|Louise Minnich, RN, PNP||Nurse Practitioner|
|Jennifer Newlin, PA-C||Physician Assistant|
|Amanda Fleischman, MSW||Social Worker|
|Anne Kosem, MSW||Social Worker|
|Laurie Sapperstein, MSW||Social Worker|
|Sheila Perry, BSN||Nurse Coordinator|
Clinic Hours and Location
Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Appointments and Contact Information
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Pediatrics
P.O. Box 2916
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina 27710
For new patient referrals, please call 919-684-3401.
For return patients, please call 919-668-4000.
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