Doctors and Staff at the Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Children’s Hematology/Oncology staff provide comprehensive, family-focused care for children diagnosed with all kinds of childhood cancer and blood-related diseases. The Hematology/ Oncology team includes highly skilled physicians, psychologists, physicians’ assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, social workers and child life specialists.

The breadth and depth of the division’s expertise is strengthened by its collaboration with other specialty departments at Children’s, including Pediatric Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Radiology, Urology, and others. Together, the staff develop individualized treatment plans for each child that are designed to maximize the possibility of curing the child and minimize any potential long-term treatment side effects.


Linda M. McAllister-Lucas, MD, PhD

Chief of Service, Hematology/Oncology
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Cheryl A Hillery, MD

Clinical Director, Hematology
Director, Comprehensive Pediatric Sickle Cell Program
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Louis Rapkin, MD

Clinical Director, Oncology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
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Steven Allen, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Kelly Bailey, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Alberto Broniscer, MD, MS

Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
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Andrew J Bukowinski, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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James D Cooper, MD

Clinical Director, Coagulation Program, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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James Felker, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
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Erika Dawn Friehling, MD

Fellowship Program Director, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Ramasubramanian Kalpatthi, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Scott H Maurer, MD

Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Julia Meade, MD

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Deirdre Nolfi-Donegan, MD

Instructor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Amma Twumwa Owusu-Ansah, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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A. Kim Ritchey, MD

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology
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Brittani Seynnaeve, MD, MS

Director, Pediatric Melanoma Program
Associate Fellowship Program Director, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Jean M. Tersak, MD

Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Children's Oncology Group (COG)
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Frederico Xavier, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Amy Bassi, CRNP

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Debra Correa, CRNP

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Aimee Costello, CRNP

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Veronica Ekeroth, CRNP

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Margaret Holtz, PA-C

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Whitney Lerch, PA-C

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Hannah Lynch, PA-C

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Kelsey Platte, PA-C

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Chelsea Lyn Hurley, PA-C

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Elena Kessler, MS, CGC

Pediatric Genetic Counselor, Division of Medical Genetics, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
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Edward Prochownik, MD, PhD 

Edward V. Prochownik, MD, PhD

Director of Oncology Research, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Professor of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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