Pediatric Hematology / Oncology Faculty

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology faculty received numerous honors and awards in 2015, including eight named Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas by D Magazine and two named Texas Super Doctors by Texas Monthly Magazine. Other honors included the following:

Best Pediatric Specialists in Dallas, D Magazine

  • George Buchanan
  • Janna Journeycake
  • Laura Klesse
  • Patrick Leavey
  • Zora Rogers
  • Stephen Skapek
  • Naomi Winick

Texas Super Doctors, Texas Monthly Magazine

  • George Buchanan
  • Naomi Winick

Daniel Bowers

  • Promotion to Professor of Pediatrics, September 2015

George Buchanan

  • Named Annual Lectureship, “George Buchanan Lecture,” American Society of Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology
  • Lasting Impact Award, UT Southwestern Sickle Cell Disease Program
  • Physician Champion Award, Children’s Medical Center’s Advanced Practice Program
  • Wall of Fame Award, Webster Groves Providers (Missouri) High School

Zora Rogers

  • Mom-Approved Doctor, June 2015, Child Magazine

Ayesha Zia

  • CCRAC Research Award in Junior Investigator Category, UT Southwestern
The Division faculty members are:

Stephen Skapek, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Division Chief
Children's Cancer Fund Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Oncology Research
Medical Director, Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders 

James F. Amatruda, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Biology, and Internal Medicine
Horchow Family Fund for Endowed Scholars in Pediatrics
Interests: Germ cell tumors, molecular basis of Ewing’s sarcoma, and zebrafish genetic models of cancer

Victor Aquino, M.D.
Interests: General oncology, stem cell transplantation, Phase I therapies, and febrile neutropenia in pediatric cancer patients

Daniel Bowers, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics and Neurological Surgery
Interests: Brain tumors and long-term follow-up of childhood cancer survivors

Cristyn Branstetter, M.D.
Assistant Professor

George R. Buchanan, M.D.
Professor Emeritus

Kenneth Chen, M.D.
Interests: Germ cell tumors, Wilms tumors 

Janna M. Journeycake, M.D., M.S.C.S.
Associate Professor
Director, Hemophilia and Thrombosis Program
Interests: Hemophilia and thrombosis, thrombotic and hemorrhagic disorders during childhood, and catheter-related thrombosis

Laura Klesse, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Neurological Surgery
Interests: Neurofibromatosis, optic gliomas, tumorigenesis, and general pediatric oncology

Andrew Y. Koh, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology and Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center
Director, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) Program
Interests: Stem cell transplantation, infectious diseases in the immunocompromised host, Candida albicans pathogenesis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa pathogenesis, and host pathogen interactions

Theodore Laetsch, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Childhood cancer, novel therapeutics for pediatric cancer, Phase I and II trials of novel therapeutic agents 

Patrick Leavey, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
Clinical Director, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
Interests: Bone and soft tissue tumors and fellowship training

Kathleen Ludwig, M.D.
Assistant Instructor 

Andrew Martin, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: General pediatric hematology and oncology, pediatric sarcoma

An Pham, M.D.

Zora R. Rogers, M.D.
Director, Bone Marrow Failure and General Hematology Program
Interests: Bone marrow failure, general pediatric hematology, sickle cell disease, and use of ameliorative therapies in sickle cell disease: hydroxyurea, transfusion, and stem cell transplantation

Tiffany Simms-Waldrip, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant diseases

Tamra Slone, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Childhood leukemia and complications of treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Martha M. Stegner, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Clinical oncology, adolescents and young adults with cancer, and prevention of invasive fungal infections in children being treated for cancer

Tanya Watt, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Bone marrow transplant; neuroblastoma; leukemia/lymphoma; novel therapeutics for relapsed childhood cancer; improvements in supportive care for childhood cancer/transplant patients

Jonathan E. Wickiser, M.D.
Associate Professor
Outpatient Clinical Director
Interests: General pediatric hematology/oncology

Naomi J. Winick, M.D.
Lowe Foundation Professorship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
Principal Investigator, Children’s Oncology Group
Interests: Leukemia and clinical trials in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Yanbin Zheng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Eye development; tumor suppressors; diabetes complications

Ayesha N. Zia, M.D.
Assistant Professor