Arun Gurunathan, MD

Arun Gurunathan, MD

Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Apheresis

On staff since August 2019

Children's Title: Clinical Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology

Academic Title: Clinical Assistant Professor

"Each day at work is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. I am committed to providing high-quality compassionate care that addresses not only the disease but also its physical and emotional impact. Additionally, I engage in collaborative quality improvement and clinical research to advance the care we provide for our patients. "

  • Arun Gurunathan, MD, completed his medical training at Rutgers University. He then went to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for his pediatric residency; he met his wife (a Pediatric Hospitalist at Seattle Children's Hospital) there. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He then became an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Seattle Children's Hospital in 2019. His interests outside of work include hiking, spending time with family, and listening to all sorts of podcasts.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    ASH Abstract Achievement Award American Society of Hematology Dec. 2018
    CancerFree KIDS Research Grant CancerFree KIDS July 2018 - June 2019
    Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Arnold P. Gold Foundation May 2012
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 2011
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Gurunathan A, Ricci K, Iacobas I, Rednam SP, Wusik K, Fei L, Hammill AM
      Impact of vascular anomalies on the PTEN phenotype in children and young adults
      Pediatric blood & cancer, 2020 June
    • Itskovich SS, Gurunathan A, Clark J, Burwinkel M, Wunderlich M, Berger MR, Kulkarni A, Chetal K, Venkatasubramanian M, Salomonis N, Kumar AR, Lee LH
      MBNL1 regulates essential alternative RNA splicing patterns in MLL-rearranged leukemia
      Nature communications, 2020 May
    • Boucher AA, Gurunathan A, Taylor JM, Ricci KW, Vadivelu S, Quinn CT
      Hemoglobin Southampton complicated by cerebral ischemia, moyamoya, and hydroxyurea-induced methemoglobinemia.
      31095774 American journal of hematology, 2019 Aug. : 94(8)949-954
    • Gurunathan A, Tarango C, McGann PT, Niss O, Quinn CT
      Non-transfusion-dependent β-Thalassemia Because of a Single β-Thalassemia Mutation and Coinherited α-Globin Gene Triplication: Need for Increased Awareness to Prevent Incorrect and Delayed Diagnosis.
      30969263 Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology, 2019 April 8
    • Gurunathan A, Desai AV, Bailey LC, Li Y, Choi JK, Rheingold SR
      Significance of CNS 2 cerebrospinal fluid status post-induction in pediatric and adolescent patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
      30207055 Pediatric blood & cancer, 2019 Jan. : 66(1)e27433
    • Gurunathan A, Boucher AA, Mark M, Prus KM, O'Brien MM, Breese EH, Mizukawa BE, Absalon MJ, Nelson AS, Jordan MB, Grimley MS, Lorsbach RB, Rotz SJ, Mathanda R, Kumar AR
      Limitations of HLH-2004 criteria in distinguishing malignancy-associated hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis.
      30272386 Pediatric blood & cancer, 2018 Dec. : 65(12)e27400
    • Gurunathan A, T Teachey D, Chikwava KR, Witmer C, Desai AV
      Behcet Disease Initially Presenting as Deep Venous Thrombosis: A Case Report.
      28437291 Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology, 2017 July : 39(5)410-412

    Book Chapters

    • Gurunathan A, Patel NS, Freedman JL
      Chapter 14: Mucositis and Pain in the Peri-HSCT Period
      Brown VI, ed. Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for the Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist. 1st ed, Cham, Switzerland: Springer International, 2018
    • Gurunathan A, Bailer J, Freedman JL
      Chapter 13: Nutrition in the Peri-HSCT Period
      Brown VI, ed. Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for the Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist. 1st ed, Cham, Switzerland: Springer International, 2018
    • Talekar MK, Gurunathan A, Foster J
      Chapter 64: Selected Topics in Oncology.
      Bell L, Dean T, eds. Nelson Pediatrics Board Review: Certification and Recertification. 1st ed, Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2018 - 2018
    • Gurunathan A.
      Chapter 36: Erythrocyte Disorders
      Bell L, Dean T, eds. Nelson Pediatrics Board Review: Certification and Recertification. 1st ed, Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2018

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Concept Proposal: A Randomized Double-Blinded Trial of Xylitol Dental Wipes for the Prophylaxis of Bloodstream Infections from Oral Organisms in Pediatric Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Children's Oncology Group Virtual March 2021
    Clostridium Difficile Infection Standard Practice Updates Children's Oncology Group Conference Virtual March 2020
    All That Glitters is Not Gold – How We Differentiate Primary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) from Fake News American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) Conference New Orleans, LA May 2019
    MLL-Fusion Leukemia Dependence on MBNL1 is Associated with Alternative Splicing of Oncogenic Proteins American Society of Hematology Conference San Diego, CA Dec. 2018
    Clinical Utility of PET/CT in Patients with Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis Treated with Imatinib ASPHO Conference Pittsburgh, PA May 2018
    Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis of β- Thalassemia: α-Globin Gene Triplication as a Covert Genetic Modifier ASPHO Conference Pittsburgh, PA May 2018
    HLH Masking Malignancy Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center HLH Conference Cincinnati, OH Sept. 2017
    Molecular signature and responses to targeted therapies in 285 relapsed and therapy-refractory young adult (AYA) and childhood cancers American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conference Chicago, Illinois May 2017
    Identification of Patients with CNS 2 Status Post-Induction and Outcomes in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conference Chicago, Illinois May 2015

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics

Medical/Professional School

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark

Residency

Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Fellowship

Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati

Clinical Interests

Non-Malignant Hematology, Leukemia, Resident Education

Research Description

Hematology/Oncology Supportive Care