We provide innovative cancer and blood disorder care for children, including adolescents and young adults. Our cancer physicians are all board-certified in the subspecialty of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, and our Nurse Practitioners also have subspecialty certification.
Many of our pediatric cancer treatment protocols are developed through the Children's Oncology Group (COG), an international collaborative group dedicated to curing and preventing childhood and adolescent cancer.
We have dedicated inpatient and outpatient facilities specifically geared toward the needs of our childhood and adolescent patients, who come to Cleveland Clinic for pediatric cancer care from around the world.
We see children and adolescents in the S Building at Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus, as well as at specialty clinics at Fairview Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital and Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center.
Hematology & Oncology Details
Childhood cancer is one of medicine's true success stories. Currently, eighty percent of children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer survive their disease and go on to live productive lives.
Our compassionate team cares for pediatric patients with a variety of oncology and blood disorders including:
Multidisciplinary approach to pediatric hematology and oncology care
- The primary care team includes pediatric oncology/hematology physicians, nurses, surgeons and radiotherapists.
- To meet all the needs of our pediatric patients, our team also includes social workers, psychologists, child life specialists and art therapists. These caring individuals help children understand and comply with medical and surgical procedures through play, art and other expressive activities.
Children’s Oncology Group/Clinical Trials
We use the most up-to-date treatment protocols designed by leading experts and are specifically tailored to treat childhood cancer. For more information, please visit the Children's Oncology Group website.
Children's Hematology & Oncology program was nationally ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 edition of "Best Children’s Hospitals."
Children’s Cancer Answer Line
- Parents and pediatric patients can talk directly with a pediatric nurse, social worker or physician to address concerns and assist in making appointments. Please call 216.444.5517
- Physicians are on call 24 hours a day for urgent concerns and referrals.
Pediatric outpatient clinics designed to inspire comfort and peace of mind
- 14 treatment rooms with computers, DVDs, and other play activities
- Conference room for private time with families
- Patient and family library
- In addition to a children’s waiting area, the space includes a separate teen waiting room with computers, a foosball table and a karaoke machine.
Sibling Outreach Program
- A program designed to address the educational and psychosocial needs of siblings who are touched by cancer.
- We are an interdisciplinary team that includes psychology, nursing, social work, child life and medicine.
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- A program that provides long-term follow-up for cancer survivors and coordinates a multidisciplinary approach to care.
- We also provide education to patients and a summary of important medical information as they enter college or adult life.
- Specialty-trained pediatric neurosurgery and neuro-oncology collaborative team
- Treating children and adolescents with cancers that affect the developing brain and spinal cord
- Offering the latest diagnostic and treatment approaches to provide patients and their families the most advanced care available
The AYA Cancer Program cares for patients through the age of 25. This new service was developed in response to several trends and is supported by the National Cancer Institute-sponsored Children’s Oncology Group.
Cancer rates are higher in adolescents and young adults than among younger children. However, adolescents and young adults are less likely to receive a prompt diagnosis or be enrolled on a clinical trial for innovative treatment.
Pediatric Hematologists and Oncologists
- L. Kate Gowans, MD
- Lisa Hackney, MD
- Rabi Hanna, MD
- Eric Kodish, MD
- Michael Levien, MD
- Erin Murphy, MD
- Gregory Plautz, MD
- Tanya Tekautz, MD
- Margaret Thompson, MD, PhD
Advance Practice Nurses
- Rebecca Bartley, RN, MSN, CPNP
- Laurie Varga, RN, MSN, CPN, CPON
- Holly Clark, ND, RN, CPNP
- Aimee Carlson, RN, CPNP
- Kathy Bielek, RN, BSN, CPON, Nurse Manager
- Lynn Butler, RN
- Maureen Christensen, RN, BSN, CPON
- Jessica Hylkema, RN, BSN
- Dan Kerniskey, RN, OCN
- Jenny Weaver, RN
- Denise Hagen, MSSA, C-SWHC, LISW-S
- Robert Lyons, LISW, C-ASWCM
- Tom Richards, CCLS, Child Life Specialist
- Kate Eschelman, PsyD, Pediatric Clinical Psychologist
- John Glazer, MD, Pediatric Psychiatrist
Information & Appointments
Children’s Cancer Answer Line
- Call: 216.444.5517 or toll-free 800.223.2273 ext. 45517, select option 1
- Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays
On call physician for urgent concerns and referrals
- Call: 216.444.2200 and ask for the Pediatric Oncologist on call
- Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, weekends, and holidays
- Email: Send us an email
- Online: Make an appointment
Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Fund
There are so many things to worry about when your child is battling an illness - fighting cancer is no exception. By donating now, you are helping the children and families at Cleveland Clinic Children's when they need it the most. By lessening some of the hardships they face, your donation helps a family worry a little bit less so that they can focus a whole lot more on their child.