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Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

The Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides personalized multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art care to children of all ages with malignancies and disorders of the blood.

Contact the Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology: 617-726-2737

Overview

The Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology is a comprehensive children's program backed by the full resources of Massachusetts General Hospital and close collaboration with adult colleagues in the Cancer Center. Doctors who specialize in the care of children provide personalized, state-of-the-art care to children of all ages with malignancies and disorders of the blood.

The Pediatric Hematology Program offers specialized expertise in anemias, including sickle cell disease, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, aplastic anemia and other bone marrow failure syndromes. We also offer expert consultation and management of bleeding and clotting disorders including von Willebrand disease, hemophilia, thrombosis and stroke.

The Pediatric Oncology Program offers multidisciplinary, comprehensive and family centered care to children with all types of cancer. Our clinical staff has expertise in treating leukemias, lymphomas, common solid tumors of childhood including Wilm's tumor, neuroblastoma, bone and soft tissue sarcomas, retinoblastoma, and brain tumors.

A Coordinated Multidisciplinary Approach

The patient care team is led by a pediatric hematologist-oncologist. Depending on the type of tumor and treatment plan, other members of the team may include a surgical specialist in pediatric surgery, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, urology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, orthopedic oncology, ophthalmology, oculoplastics or plastic surgery. Patient considered for radiation therapy (Proton Beam, Intensity Modulated or other types) are evaluated by pediatric radiation oncologists. Our team also includes senior-level oncology-certified nurses, nurse practitioners, child psychiatrists, social workers, child life specialists, nutritionists, physical therapists and rehabilitation medicine specialists.

Active Clinical Research Program Ensures State-of-the-Art Treatment

Our patients have access to the latest clinical trials available in cancer research and hematology. We are members of the Children's Oncology Group (COG). Learn more about the Children's Oncology Group and Childhood Cancer.

Laboratory research is currently focusing on the molecular pathogenesis of malignancy and the interaction of blood vessels and platelets.

A Tradition of Caring

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does; parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.

Doctors

  • Abrams, Annah Naomi, MD

    617-724-5600

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Psychiatric Care of the Medically Ill Child (especially pediatric Hem/Onc)
    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Boston: Psychiatry Associates-Inpatient Consult
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Ebb, David Henry, MD

    617-726-2737

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric Brain Tumors and Hemoglobinopathies
    • Pediatric solid tumors
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Friedmann, Alison, MD

    617-726-2737

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Supportive care of oncology patients
    • Hematologic malignancies (leukemias and lymphomas)
    • Rhabdomyosarcoma / Soft tissue sarcomas
    • ITP
    • Wilm's tumor / Germ cell tumors / Neuroblastoma
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Gobel, Verena, MD

    617-726-2737

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Grabowski, Eric Franklin, MD, SCD

    617-726-2737

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Bleeding and thrombotic disorders
    • Hematology and oncology
    • Retinoblastoma
    • Pediatric stroke
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Huang, Mary Stephanie, MD

    617-726-2737

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Hematology and oncology
    • Hemoglobinopathies
    • Late effects and long term follow-up after childhood cancer
    • Neuroblastomas
    • Pediatric leukemias and lymphomas
    • Adolescent and young adult medical issues
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Sachs, Jessica A., MD

    617-726-2737

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • General Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Sweetser, David Alan, MD

    617-726-2737

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • medical genetics
    • Biochemical genetics
    • Genetic basis for birth defects and inherited syndromes
    • Pediatric oncology
    • Hematologic malignancies
    • Inherited syndromes
    • Pitt Hopkins syndrome
    • Hematopoiesis
    • Birth defects
    • Hereditary malformations
    • Inherited cancer predispositions
    Board Certifications
    • Clinical Biochemical Genetics, American Board of Medical Genetics
    • Clinical Genetics (M.D.), American Board of Medical Genetics
    • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
    • Boston: Medical Genetics Clinic
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Weinstein, Howard Jeffrey, MD

    617-726-2737

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric leukemias and lymphomas
    • Childhood solid tumors
    • Stem cell transplantation
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Other Providers

News

  • Mass General hosts Boston Strong send-off for marathon runners - 4/17/2018, Mass General

    On April 16, 39 employees from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Massachusetts General Hospital laced up their running shoes for the 122nd annual Boston Marathon. To wish them well, Mass General hosted a send-off celebration on April 12 for their incredible 26.2-mile journeys.

  • Physician's Mission to Deliver the Best Care to Patients - 3/19/2018, Mass General

    On April 16, 102 runners will participate in the 122nd Boston Marathon on behalf of MGHfC. These individuals - including Dr. Lindsay Carter - support research and child life programs that enhance the quality of life for our youngest patients.

  • Former Patient Turns Experience into Motivation - 3/13/2018, Mass General

    In 1998, Callie McLaughlin was diagnosed with a pineal tumor, a rare brain tumor. She was treated at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and after two major surgeries was tumor free. She and her family are very thankful for the extraordinary and compassionate care provided by her team of doctors. This year, she’s running the Boston Marathon for MGHfC in appreciation and in hope that she can make a small difference in the lives of children treated here.

  • Saving Sophia and Supporting Others - 3/12/2018, Mass General

    Alyssa and Rich Maglione knew they needed state-of-the art cancer care when their daughter, Sophia, was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a fast-growing brain and spinal cord tumor. The family transferred Sophia’s care from a New York-based hospital to the MGHfC Cancer Center where she has undergone proton and chemotherapy to curb the cancer’s growth. Alyssa, Rich and Sophia are working hard to live every day to the fullest, now understanding how precious life is.

  • Going back to where it all began: Former patient runs marathon for MGHfC - 3/6/2018, Mass General

    Callie McLaughlin was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor at age 4. During treatment, her mother ran the 1998 Boston Marathon in Callie's honor at the recommendation of her doctor and avid marathoner, Howard Weinstein, MD. Twenty years later, Callie is following in her mother's footsteps and running the 2018 Boston Marathon to give back to the hospital that saved her life.

  • Self Care and Support: Longtime MGH Employee Takes on Boston Marathon - 3/2/2018, Mass General

    Melissa Theroux, a longtime nuclear medicine technologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Imaging, began running to exercise and carve out time for self care, a difficult task when raising two children. She started with small races and now, as a member of the MGHfC Cancer Center team, will complete her first Boston Marathon this April.

  • Personal loss inspires personal triumph for Connecticut native - 3/2/2018, Mass General

    After losing her father to lung cancer in 2012, Bridget Kearney took to running as a way to cope with grief. Five years on, Kearney is honoring her father’s legacy by running the 2018 Boston Marathon as part of the Fighting Kids’ Cancer… One Step at a Time team at MGHfC, a place that touched her heart just two years ago.

  • Giving Thanks for a Family's Lifetime of Cancer Care - 2/28/2018, Mass General

    Together with her sister and father, Jordan Sampson will be running to raise money for the pediatric hematology oncology program at Mass General, a program that has been part of her family's life since her brother was diagnosed with a brain tumor 20 years ago.

  • Marathoner Uses A Renewed Energy For Living to Train - 2/28/2018, Mass General

    By running last year's Boston Marathon, Jen Agosti proved she was healthy, strong and 'back' after breast cancer treatment. Training for the 2018 Boston Marathon, she's learning about her 'new normal' post-diagnosis.

  • Fighting for Family, Running for a Reason - 2/23/2018, Mass General

    Carissa Niro’s connection to Mass General is a personal one; her maternal grandfather received extensive care at the hospital for pulmonary hypertension and blood diseases before passing away while in care; her other grandfather is currently battling prostate cancer. Recently, her family uncovered their susceptibility to the BRCA1 gene mutation, significantly increasing her personal risk of breast and ovarian cancer. That’s when it hit home: cancer must be cured. Carissa is running the Boston Marathon for the pediatric cancer center to help further treatment and support care for cancer patients like her grandfather.

  • Supporting a Cause Larger Than Herself - 2/21/2018, Mass General

    Corinne Rivard, a clinical research coordinator in the Program in Nutritional Metabolism within the Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, is dedicated to runner her first marathon to support an organization she believes provides services much larger than herself. Corinne hopes her actions, however small, may help make a direct impact on the children and families who lives are transformed by pediatric cancer.

  • Hitting the Pavement in Thanks - 1/31/2018, Mass General

    Growing up in Massachusetts, Matt Angelico always dreamed of running the Boston Marathon. Seeing his mother's exceptional care at MGH gave him the push to take on 26.2.

  • Personal Experience Pushes Marathoner - 1/30/2018, Mass General

    As a breast cancer survivor, Nancy Niconovich understands how frightening a cancer diagnosis can be. She's taking on the Boston Marathon to help children feeling similar emotions.

  • Through Grandma's Guidance, Marathon Runner Aims to Help Kids - 1/23/2018, Mass General

    Sarah White's grandmother was treated for leukemia at the Mass General Cancer Center. Battling through her own diagnosis, she always focused on others, saying, “It stinks I have cancer but could you imagine a little kid with it?”

  • Ho, Ho, Hockey players are here - 12/22/2017, Mass General

    Boston Bruins players scored a hat trick, signing autographs, posing for photos and handing out Bruins gift bags during their annual holiday visit to MGHfC.

  • Community Comes Together to Fight Cancer - 12/13/2017, Mass General

    The Norwell community recently came together to present the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology with a $7,000 check, the result of its month-long childhood cancer awareness fundraising initiative, Going Gold for Children’s Cancer.

  • Pediatric Wheelchairs Make for Improved Hospital Experience - 9/15/2017, Mass General

    When coming to MGHfC for treatments, Mike Doiron transported his daughter, Ava, 8, in an adult-sized wheelchair that was too big for her small frame, making the trips uncomfortable. When Ava passed on last summer, Doiron brought his idea for child-sized wheelchairs to two MGHfC Family Advisory Councils. In July 2017, MGHfC debuted its new fleet of wheelchairs throughout the Yawkey building.

  • Accio Fun: Patients Spellbound by Annual Camp Day - 7/24/2017, Mass General

    Pediatric cancer patients and their families were spellbound by The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's annual summer celebration, Camp Day, on July 20.

  • Marblehead Native Honors Patient Through a Spa-Like Experience on Ellison 18 - 7/11/2017, Mass General

    Once a month, Bonnie Garaventi donates handcrafted soap, body butter and lip balm to families who children are receiving care on Ellison 18. Her spa-quality products help bring a moment of calm and comfort to families who need it most, allowing for a renewed sense of healing.

  • Boston Marathoner's Experience Changes Entire Family's Perspective - 7/11/2017, Mass General

    In a letter to Dr. Howard Weinstein, captain of the MGHfC marathon team, one runner's mother says, “The love, support and camaraderie was contagious all around. Everlasting friendships were formed and lives were touched forever (at least mine was!).”

  • Bagian Kicks Off Patient Safety Awareness Week - 3/20/2017, Mass General

    James Bagian, MD, PE, professor of Engineering Practice and Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, was honored as this year’s Safety Scholar at the 8th annual Patient Safety Awareness Week at MGHfC from March 12-18. Bagian, a former astronaut, presented his talk, “Patient Safety – It’s Not Rocket Science,” which gave insights on patient safety and how cultural changes matter most when making hospitals safer for patients.

  • Family First: Michael Garry Runs to Honor Nephew - 3/16/2017, Mass General

    Michael Garry joined the Fighting Kids' Cancer... One Step at a Time team to run his first Boston Marathon this year in honor of family members who have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

  • Race Day Reward: Supporting Colleagues - 3/14/2017, Mass General

    Michael Diviak, oncology pharmacist of the MGHfC outpatient infusion center knows what the hospital’s pediatric oncologists and pediatric infusion nurses do first hand. “Pediatrics is one of our most vulnerable patient populations and they need as much support from advocates as possible,” says Diviak, who will run his third Boston Marathon this April.

  • The Heart of an Evolution: Kholmatov Runs to Get Back to Her Roots - 3/13/2017, Mass General

    Humans used to run an average of 26 miles while hunting for food - about the length of a marathon. For Manizha Kholmatov, a senior at Harvard University studying human evolutionary biology and pediatric cancer survivor, running the 2017 Boston Marathon is a way of getting back to her roots and fighting pediatric cancer, one step at a time.

  • Marathoner's Care Motivates - 3/10/2017, Mass General

    Shavonne Malara is not only taking to the Boston Marathon course to fulfill a personal goal, but also to thank the clinicians who cared for her while far from family.

  • Marathon Memories: Jessica Spence Runs for Patient Partner - 3/9/2017, Mass General

    After running 5 consecutive marathons, MGH nurse Jessica Spence needed time off from the grueling training. When she learned about the passing of her 2016 Patient Partner, Matt, though, Spence found inspiration to push through just as he had done

  • Learning to Practice at 'Peek' Performance - 3/9/2017, Mass General

    For first time runner Holly Peek, the Boston Marathon is more than a personal life goal; it’s an opportunity to give back to the clinicians and patients who taught her career-changing lessons.

  • From Manager to Marathoner: Ashley Bronson's New Perspective - 3/7/2017, Mass General

    As the MGH Boston Marathon team coordinator, longtime employee Ashley Bronson knows the intricacies of managing "Fighting Kids' Cancer...One Step at a Time" team. She refers to it as a life altering experience. This year though, Ashley will take to the course to experience first hand the runner perspective.

  • Following Trauma: Sisters Support MGHfC - 3/7/2017, Mass General

    Following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, survivor Jaymi Cohen follows her sister Ilana's footsteps from Hopkington to Boston in support of the MGHfC’s pediatric cancer team, Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time.’

  • From petition to pavement: Patient inspires PCA to run her first marathon - 2/28/2017, Mass General

    As a PCA on Ellison 18, a pediatric cancer patient challenged Elizabeth Duquette to run the 2017 Boston Marathon. Her patient vowed to collect 200 signatures from around the hospital for her to run. After her patient passed away, Elizabeth is honoring his life and the lives of other children facing cancer by joining the Fighting Kids' Cancer... One Step at a Time team for this year's marathon.

  • Songs for His Sister - 1/24/2017, Mass General

    On Dec. 18, Boston-based music artist Joe Diaz hosted a concert to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

  • Capturing the Essence of Patients in Pediatric Hemetology and Oncology - 10/24/2016, Mass General

    Gia Pettinicchio, 2, had just overcome intense treatment for ALL. To commemorate the milestone, a photographer from Flashes of Hope captured Gia's spunky spirit in black and white. Every year, Flashes of Hope photographs pediatric cancer patients in the Ulfelder Healing Garden, creating keepsakes for families and bringing light and laughter to patients.

  • A Delicious Donation for NICU Awareness Month - 9/26/2016, Mass General

    In honor of NICU Awareness Month, Aloft Boston Seaport wanted to give back to the hospital staff who care for families when they need it most. Hotel and MGHfC staff came together to distribute nearly 1,000 freshly-made bagels and donuts after an event at Aloft Boston Seaport cancelled at the last minute.

  • Four-Legged Friends Bring Comfort and Joy to Pediatric Patients - 3/21/2016, Mass General

    For Delia Binette, visits from Sammy, a black lab in the Pet Therapy Program, became her best friend throughout her cancer treatment. For children and families, dogs in the Pet Therapy Program bring a new sense of comfort, healing and joy during difficult times.

  • Belle's Story: Where Putting the Patient First Creates a Holistic Approach to Care - 12/2/2015, Mass General

    Focusing on the child first is the standard of care at MGHfC. For patients like Belle Swersey and her family, putting Belle before anything else made a world of difference while she received care for her childhood cancer.

  • Lily & Dr. Weinstein: A Story of Endurance - 4/4/2014, Mass General

    Lily Waldeck, an 8-year-old former MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Cancer Center patient, embodies the mission to persevere in the fight against childhood cancer. Thanks to the care she received from Howard Weinstein, MD, Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MGHfC and the rest of her care team, she now proudly says that she’s “stronger and faster now than when [she] had leukemia.”

  • Featured Runners: Boston Marathon 2014 - 4/3/2014, Mass General

    In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), founded the Mass General Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.

  • Q&A with marathon runner Howard Weinstein, MD - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Featured Runners: Marathon 2012 - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    In 1998, Dr. Howard Weinstein, chief of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, founded the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time. Meet this year's runners.

  • Q&A with marathon runner Antoine Tanne - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Antoine Tanne explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Q&A with marathon runner Chris Buliga - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Chris Buliga explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Q&A with marathon runner Greg Gonzales - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Greg Gonzales explains why he is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Q&A with marathon runner Kathleen Doyle, MD - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Palliative care physician Kathleen Doyle, MD, explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Q&A with marathon runner Renee Heffron - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Renee Heffron explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Q&A with marathon runner Tara Jennings, NP - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Tara Jennings, NP, explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Q&A with Jordan Gill - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Jordan Gill explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Q&A with marathon runner Marisa Levine - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Marisa Levine explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Q&A with marathon runner Lisa Conti - 3/23/2012, Mass General

    Lisa Conti explains why she is running for the MassGeneral Marathon Team Fighting Kids’ Cancer . . . One Step at a Time.

  • Finding Home in a New World - 11/8/2011, Mass General

    Claudine Humure arrived at MassGeneral Hospital for Children from Rwanda for bone cancer treatment. More than improved health, she also gained a new family.

  • Family Advisors Foster Future of Cancer Care - 9/28/2011, Mass General

    Parents draw from their experiences to help other patients and families receiving care at the Center for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Contact

Contact Us

MGHfC Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care

Suite 8B32 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-2737
  • Fax: 617-724-0702

To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.

Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.

Contact the Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology: 617-726-2737

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