Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA

Improving the Health of Today's and Tomorrow's Children

Group photograph of division members

Standing L to R: Brigitte Gomperts, Yasuyuki Aoki, Ilanit Brook, Peter Falk, Stephen Feig, Vivian Chang, Chintan Parekh, Gay Crooks, Chris Denny, Tom Davidson, Satiro De Oliveira, Jackie Casillas, Marla Knoll, Bryan Mitton, Pamela Kempert, Gavin Roach, Berkley Brown, Shivani Upadhyay. Seated L to R: Alice del Rosario, La Vette Bowles, Ted Moore, Kenji Morimoto, Kathy Woo, Wendy Markovich. (Photo courtesy of Don Ponturo)

The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA is a pioneer in the care and treatment of childhood cancers and blood disorders. It is part of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, well known for its new and innovative ways of treating patients. It has a long history of success in bringing hope to patients with programs such as our Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, which has been in continuous operation since 1973, the oldest unit in California, and one of the first in the nation.

For more than 40 years, we have provided our patients with the best in care and have made seminal contributions to improving treatment of children with leukemia, aplastic anemia, solid tumors, blood diseases, and various genetic disorders.

We are finding new ways to improve survival rates and decrease complications in children being treated for cancer, blood disorders or undergoing bone marrow transplantation. With the support of our multidisciplinary team, including Child Life/Child Development Services and social work, our efforts continue to improve significantly the quality of life and quality of care for children for these children and their families.

Each year, we see an increasing number of young cancer survivors as a result of ongoing research and innovative cancer treatments performed by our physicians and faculty in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. These advancements are made possible by our dedicated supporters and donors, who are truly committed to making a difference.

Those of us who work in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA wholeheartedly believe that each child is precious and should be able to experience the joys of childhood, not forced to confront illness, pain, disability, and mortality. Improving our patients' quality of life is what motivates us to solve the mysteries of pediatric cancers and blood disorders.

For the 22th consecutive year, UCLA Medical Center is top-ranked in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals survey.

For more information, please download the 2011 Division Newsletter.