Cook Children's International Program
 

Oncology

No one ever wants to hear that their child has cancer. But if it happens, you do want to hear that you have one of the leading-edge children's cancer centers nearby-Cook Children's.

Cancer in children, teens and young adults is rare, and some types of childhood cancers are extremely rare. Finding an experienced team that has treated those cancers is literally a life-altering decision.

Cook Children's Oncology Program

The oncology program at Cook Children's is one of only a handful of pediatric cancer programs in the southwest, and one of only four in Texas that are a Children's Oncology Group member institute. In addition, our team of physician-researchers is among the most respected in the country. What that means to you and your child is access to tomorrow's treatments and cures, today.

Our doctors are actively pursuing cures for cancer. Because of our participation in ongoing national research studies, we are able to offer many patients the opportunity to participate in studies, giving them access to the most recent medicines and advanced treatments, including genetics, nuclear medicine, stem cell transplants, and more.

Our cancer center includes stem cell transplant rooms, an inpatient and outpatient infusion center, 28 inpatient beds in private rooms, a dedicated pharmacy, Texas' first and only I-131-MIBG suite for advanced targeted treatment of neuroblastoma tumors.

While our specialty is treating and curing cancer in our patients, we also take extra care of their childhood and teen years so that they can have the support and do not pause their lives as they grow into happy, healthy adults.

Who we treat

The oncology program at Cook Children's is open to any child from infancy through young adulthood who is suspected of having cancer, has been diagnosed with cancer, or who wants a second opinion. Our patients range in age from newborn to early 20s, and sometimes even older if we are one of the only centers close by that treats the type of cancer they have. We see patients from our local area and those in other states in even other countries. And thanks to the support of our community and our social services team, we never turn away a child who needs care simply because they can't afford it.

What we treat

The oncology team at Cook Children's treats all types of cancers and tumors in children, including:

Our specialty care team

Lauren Akers, DO
Hematology/Oncology

Education: Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida
Residency: Children's Hospital of Austin
Fellowship: Children's Cancer Hospital, Houston
Board Certification: Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Languages: English

Karen Halaburt Albritton, MD
Medical Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Program Hematology and Oncology Center

Education: University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fellowship: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Board Certification: Hematology/Oncology
Languages: English

Paul W. Bowman, MD
Senior Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist; Chair Leukemia Foundation

Education: University of Manitoba, Canada
Residency: University of Manitoba, Canada
Fellowship: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tennessee
Board Certification: Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Languages: English

Kenneth M. Heym, MD
Medical Director, Oncology Program

Education: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency: Babies and Children's Hospital at Columbia University, New York, New York
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine
Board Certification: Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Languages: English

Jeffrey C. Murray, MD
Medical Director, Neuro-Oncology

Education: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Residency: Texas Children's Hospital
Fellowship: Texas Children's Hospital
Board Certification: Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Languages: English

Anish K. Ray, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Education: Calcutta National Medical College, India
Residency: Nassau University Medical Center, NY
Fellowship: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Board Certification: Pediatrics Languages: English

Mayme Richie-Gillespie, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Education: Vanderbilt University
Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Fellowship: Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle; University of Texas Southwestern
Board Certification: Orthopedic Surgery
Languages: English

Kelly L. Vallance, MD, MPH
Hematology/Oncology

Education: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Board Certification: Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Languages: English

 

Karen L. Nielson, MD
Radiation Oncology

Education: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Stanford University Medical Center
Board Certification: American Board of Radiology
Languages: English

Referral forms

Need help referring a patient?
Please call the International Patient Services department at +1-682-885-4685, send faxes to +1-682-885-2557, or email international@cookchildrens.org