Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Meet Your Team

Our caring professionals specialize in blood disorders and cancer (hematology-oncology) and in meeting the unique needs of children. Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center team is specially trained and highly experienced in treating babies, children, teens and young adults (up to age 30 for some cancers).

Your child’s healthcare team includes experts from many specialties to care for your whole child, not just their disease. Day and night, our inpatient care team includes acute care oncologists who are board-certified in hematology-oncology. Few children’s hospitals offer this level of around-the-clock subspecialty care. We support your child and family through all aspects of this journey – from keeping up with school during treatment to getting follow-up care as your child becomes an adult.

Leadership

  • K Scott Baker, MD, MS

    K Scott Baker, MD, MS

    Co-Interim Division Chief, Hematology-Oncology; Director, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program and Cancer Survivor Program

  • Todd Michael Cooper, DO

    Todd Michael Cooper, DO

    Co-Interim Division Chief, Hematology-Oncology; Director, Leukemia/Lymphoma Program; Co-Director, High-Risk Leukemia Program

Specialized Teams Focused on Your Child’s Needs

To give your child the most advanced care, we have dedicated teams for these specific conditions and treatments:

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program

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Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program Providers

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Bone Marrow Failure Program

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Bone Marrow Failure Providers

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Bone Tumors and Sarcoma Clinic

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Brain Tumor Program

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Pediatric neuro-oncologists

Our neuro-oncologists are doctors with specialty training in pediatrics and subspecialty training in cancer and blood disorders. They focus on the care of children with brain tumors, both benign and cancerous. They are leaders in brain tumor research and help set new standards to improve care.

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Neurosurgeons

Neurosurgeons have specialty training in brain surgery, with further training in pediatric brain surgery. Seattle Children’s is the leading pediatric neurosurgical center in the Pacific Northwest. Each year, our team includes a fellow. This is a licensed doctor who has finished neurosurgery training and is working with us to gain further pediatric specialty experience.

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Radiation oncologists

Our radiation oncologist has expertise in all types of radiation therapy to treat cancer, tumors and other diseases.

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Neurologists

Our neurologists have specialty training to treat children, teens and young adults with diseases of the nervous system such as headaches, seizures, nerve pain and movement disorders.

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Brain tumor nurse practitioners

Our nurse practitioners are registered nurses (RNs) with advanced training and education. They work both independently and with doctors to diagnose, treat and teach patients and families about serious and chronic conditions. Nurse practitioners may see your child in the hospital or for clinic visits.

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Rehabilitation medicine doctor

Our rehabilitation medicine doctor has specialty training to help your child regain strength and function after their illness and treatment.

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Neuropsychologists

These team members assess your child’s learning, memory, mood and how they cope with their illness. Neuropsychologists can help prepare your child to return to school and arrange for help they might need in the classroom.

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Endocrinologists

Our endocrinologists are doctors who specialize in how hormones regulate the body, including pituitary gland function.

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Cancer Survivor Program

After cancer treatment ends, members of Seattle Children’s Cancer Survivor Program follow up with your child to check on their health, explain possible long-term side effects from treatment and suggest ways to stay healthy.

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Nurse coordinators

Our nurse coordinators will be your main source of education about your child’s care. If you are not sure who to call, contact your nurse coordinator.

  • Olivia Cook, RN

  • Brooke James, RN

  • Alli Laurine, RN

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Social workers

Our skilled social workers give your family emotional support from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. They coordinate care between your family, community and medical team. They help your family get the resources you need.

  • Wade Iwata, MSW, LICSW

  • Sophie Keef-Bullock, MSW, LICSW

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Registered dietitians

Our dietitians will check your child’s diet and suggest foods and other nutrition to promote your child’s health and growth.

  • Garrett Knecht, RDN, CD

  • Alix Strickland, MS, RDN, CD

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Child life specialists

Our child life specialists work with you, your child and other family members. They help your family relieve tension and express concerns and fears. We want your family to feel more in control of your medical experience.

  • Erin Behen, MS, CCLS

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Genetic counselor

This member of the team is a genetic specialist trained in counseling. She will review your family health history and explain the results of genetic testing.

  • Shannon Stasi, MS, LCGC

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Research coordinator

This team member talks with families about our research program and coordinates research within our team.

  • Jeff Stevens

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Medical assistants

When you visit our clinic, our medical assistants will greet you, take you to your room, measure vital signs and let you know which providers you will see that day.

  • Melea Manabat

  • Catherine Story

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Team coordinators

Our family service coordinators track and schedule appointments. These may include clinic visits, MRI appointments, lab visits, infusions and consultations.

  • Anastasia (Annie) Gavriloff

  • Robert (Bobby) Miller, scheduling supervisor

  • Hailey Young

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I-131 MIBG Therapy

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I-131 MIBG Therapy advanced practice providers

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I-131 MIBG Therapy nuclear medicine technologist

  • Lisa Aldape, CNMT, Nuclear Medicine PET/CT supervisor

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I-131 MIBG Therapy social worker

  • Estella Fausto, MSW

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Neuroblastoma Program

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Hematologist-oncologists

Our Neuroblastoma Program is led by doctors with special training in diagnosing, treating and preventing blood diseases and cancers. That branch of medicine is called hematology-oncology.

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Neuroblastoma Program nuclear medicine doctors

Our team includes doctors specially trained to use radioactive substances to diagnose, treat and research illness.

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Neuroblastoma Program radiation oncologist

Our radiation oncologist is highly trained in using high-energy beams to treat cancer, tumors and other diseases.

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Neuroblastoma Program advanced practice providers

Advanced practice providers include advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) and physician assistants (PAs). They work closely with doctors and can provide care independently. These providers diagnose and treat patients and can prescribe medicines. All during your child's treatment, they can answer questions, share advice and teach patients and families.

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Neuroblastoma Program nuclear medicine technologists

Our nuclear medicine technologists prepare radioactive material. It is used to make images of the inside of your child’s body. The images help doctors diagnose disease and track treatment.

  • Lisa Aldape, CNMT, Nuclear Medicine PET/CT supervisor

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Neuroblastoma Program social worker

The social work team at Seattle Children’s gives emotional and practical support all during your child's treatment. The team helps your family get the resources you need. They coordinate care between the neuroblastoma medical team, families and the community.

  • Estella Fausto, MSW

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Neuroblastoma Program nurse coordinator

Our nurse coordinator is a key point of contact for your family. She provides educational resources, answers questions, coordinates follow-up and provides lab results.

  • Lisa Schwank

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Radiation Therapy Service

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Radiation Therapy Service

Radiation Therapy Service options at Seattle Children’s include I-131-MIGB and a precise type of radiation called proton therapy.

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Sickle Cell Program

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Solid Tumor Program

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Solid Tumor Nurse Coordinators

  • Gen Kelly, RN

  • Lisa Schwank

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Solid Tumor Social Workers

  • Estella Fausto, MSW

  • Gretchen VonHeeder-Phillips, MSW

  • Sarah Warren

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Solid Tumor Child Life Specialists

  • Riley Coyle, MS, CCLS

  • Alicia Sevilla, BSW, MS, CCLS

  • Natalie Waligorski, MS, MPH, LCGC

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Contact Us

If you would like an appointment, ask your child’s primary care provider to refer you to our Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

If you have a referral or would like a second opinion, contact the Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at 206-987-2106 or by email. A second opinion is a chance to confirm the features of your child's disease and get advice on the best treatment options.

Providers, see how to refer a patient.

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