Pediatric Hematology / Oncology Faculty

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology faculty received numerous honors and awards in 2016, including four 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

  • Laura Klesse
  • Patrick Leavey
  • Stephen Skapek
  • Naomi Winick

Best Doctors in Dallas, D Magazine

  • Tamra Slone
  • Jonathan Wickiser

Texas Super Doctors, Texas Monthly Magazine

  • George Buchanan
  • Naomi Winick

Victor Aquino

  • Promotion to Professor of Pediatrics, September 2016
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 
Interests: Childhood cancer and blood disorders, and rhabdomyosarcoma

James F. Amatruda, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Biology, and Internal Medicine
Nearburg Family Professorship in Pediatric Oncology Research
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

George R. Buchanan, M.D.
Professor Emeritus

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

Kathryn E. Dickerson, M.D.
Assistant Instructor
Interests: Epigenetics, acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), myeloproliferative disorders (MPD), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), bone marrow failure disorders, and cancer predisposition 

Samuel John, M.D.
Assistant Instructor

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.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Neurological Surgery
Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
Interests: Neurofibromatosis, optic gliomas, tumorigenesis, and general pediatric oncology

Andrew Y. Koh, M.D.
Associate 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 Professor
Interests: Pediatric hematology and oncology

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

Martha M. Pacheco, 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

An Pham, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Interests: Sickle Cell disease, and quality improvement

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.
Associate Professor
Interests: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant diseases

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

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 
Interest: Pediatric patients with bleeding and clotting disorders