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Pediatric Hematology and Oncology division evaluates and treats many blood disorders and cancers. Our highly trained specialists work together as a multidisciplinary team to determine the best treatment modalities for children, adolescents and young adults. The division participates in the international Children's Oncology Group (COG) and provides comprehensive care for pediatric oncology patients.

Our service line staff includes five nurse practitioners, as well as dedicated child life specialists, social workers, nutritionists, care coordinators, integrative medicine, and pharmacy practitioners.

Your child can expect:

  • Comfortable and state of the art consultation rooms, imaging areas and inpatient care facilities
  • Compassionate delivery of diagnosis and treatment procedures
  • Complete support services including social work, patient education, chaplaincy programs and other resources.
  • Coordinated care from highly trained specialists in Pediatric blood disorders and childhood cancer
  • Cutting edge basic and translational research studies in pediatric oncology and hematology aimed to improve health and long term survival
  • Specialty clinics for childhood leukemia, brain tumors, sarcomas, solid tumors, and histiocytosis, bleeding and clotting disorders
  • Specialty comprehensive clinics for children and adults with hemophilia

Areas of Service

  • Blood disorders
  • Bleeding and clotting disorders (hemophilia, thrombophilia, thrombosis)
  • Malignant neoplastic diseases of children (pediatric cancers)

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(801) 662-4700

Cancer Overview

What is cancer?

Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells rapidly reproduce despite restriction of space, nutrients, or signals sent from the body to stop reproduction. Cancer cells are often shaped differently from healthy cells, do not function properly, and can spread to many areas of the body. Tumors, abnormal growths of tissue, are clusters of cells that are capable of growing and dividing uncontrollably; their growth is not regulated.

Oncology is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

What do the terms benign and malignant mean?

Tumors can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Benign tumors tend to grow slowly and do not spread. Malignant tumors can grow rapidly, invade and destroy nearby normal tissues, and spread throughout the body.

What do the terms locally invasive and metastatic mean?

Cancer is malignant because it can be locally invasive and metastatic:

  • Locally invasive.  The tumor can invade the tissues surrounding it by sending out "fingers" of cancerous cells into the normal tissue.

  • Metastatic. The tumor can send cells into other tissues in the body, which may be distant from the original tumor.

What are primary tumors?

The original tumor is called the primary tumor. Its cells, which can break off and travel through the body, can begin the formation of new tumors in other organs. These new tumors are referred to as secondary tumors. The cancerous cells travel through the blood – the circulatory system – or lymphatic system to form secondary tumors. The lymphatic system is a series of small vessels that collect waste from cells, carrying it into larger vessels, and finally into lymph nodes. Lymph fluid eventually drains into the bloodstream.

How is each cancer type named?

Cancer is named after the part of the body where it originated. When cancer spreads, it keeps this same name. For example, if kidney cancer spreads to the lungs, it is still kidney cancer, not lung cancer. (The cancer in the lung would be an example of a secondary tumor.) Staging is the process of determining whether cancer has spread and, if so, how far. More than one system is used for staging cancer, and the definition of each stage will depend on the type of cancer.

What are the different types of cancer?

Cancer is not just one disease but rather a group of diseases, all of which cause cells in the body to change and grow out of control. Cancers are classified either according to the kind of fluid or tissue from which they originate, or according to the location in the body where they first developed. In addition, some cancers are of mixed types. The following broad categories indicate the tissue and blood classifications of cancer:

  • Carcinoma. A carcinoma is a cancer found in body tissue known as epithelial tissue. It covers or lines surfaces of organs, glands, or body structures. For example, a cancer of the lining of the stomach is called a carcinoma. Many carcinomas affect organs or glands that are involved with secretion, such as breasts that produce milk. Carcinomas account for 80% to 90% of all cancer cases.

  • Sarcoma. A sarcoma is a malignant tumor growing from connective tissues, such as cartilage, fat, muscle, tendons, and bones. The most common sarcoma, a tumor on the bone, usually occurs in young adults. Examples of sarcoma include osteosarcoma (bone) and chondrosarcoma (cartilage).

  • Lymphoma. Lymphoma refers to a cancer that originates in the nodes or glands of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system produces white blood cells and cleans body fluids. Some lymphomas start in lymph tissue in organs such as the brain or stomach. Lymphomas are classified into two categories: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Leukemia. Leukemia, also known as blood cancer, is a cancer of the bone marrow that keeps the marrow from producing normal red and white blood cells and platelets. White blood cells are needed to resist infection. Red blood cells are needed to prevent anemia. Platelets keep the body from easily bruising and bleeding. Examples of leukemia include acute myelogenous leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The terms myelogenous and lymphocytic indicate the type of cells that are involved.

  • Myeloma. Myeloma grows in the plasma cells of bone marrow. In some cases, the myeloma cells collect in one bone and form a single tumor, called a plasmacytoma. However, in other cases, the myeloma cells collect in many bones, forming many bone tumors. This is called multiple myeloma.

What causes cancer?

Cancer has no one single cause. Scientists believe that it is the interaction of many factors together that produces cancer. The factors involved may be genetic, environmental, or lifestyle characteristics of the individual.

What are the risk factors for cancer?

As mentioned, some cancers, particularly in adults, have been associated with certain risk factors. A risk factor is anything that may increase a person's chance of developing a disease. A risk factor does not necessarily cause the disease, but it may make the body less resistant to it. People who have an increased risk of developing cancer can help to protect themselves by scheduling regular screenings and check-ups with their physician and avoiding certain risk factors. Cancer treatment has been proven to be more effective when the cancer is detected early. The following risk factors and mechanisms have been proposed as contributing to the development of cancer:

  • Lifestyle factors. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, a high-fat diet, and exposure to ultraviolet light (UV radiation from the sun) may be risk factors for some adult cancers. Most children with cancer, however, are too young to have been exposed to these lifestyle factors for any extended time.

  • Genetic factors. Family history, inheritance, and genetics may play an important role in some adult and childhood cancers. It is possible for cancer of varying forms to be present more than once in a family. Some gene alterations are inherited. However, this does not necessarily mean that the person will develop cancer. It indicates that the chance of developing cancer increases. It is unknown in these circumstances if the disease is caused by a genetic mutation, other factors, or simply coincidence.

  • Virus exposure. Exposures to certain viruses, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV; the virus that causes AIDS, have been linked to an increased risk of developing certain types of cancers. Possibly, the virus alters a cell in some way. That cell then reproduces an altered cell and, eventually, these alterations become a cancer cell that produces more cancer cells. Cancer is not contagious and a person can't get it from another person who has the disease.

  • Environmental exposures. Environmental exposures have been linked to some cancers. For example, people who have certain jobs, such as painters, farmers, construction workers, and those in the chemical industry, seem to have an increased risk for some cancers, likely because of regular exposure to certain chemicals. Other exposures may occur in the home or elsewhere, such as radon, a radioactive gas, in some homes.

How do genes affect cancer growth?

The discovery of certain types of genes that contribute to cancer has been an extremely important development for cancer research. Virtually all cancers are observed to have some type of genetic alteration. A small percentage of these alterations are inherited, while the rest are sporadic, which means they occur by chance or occur from environmental exposures, usually over many years. Three main types of genes can affect cell growth, and are altered, or mutated, in certain types of cancers, including:

  • Oncogenes. These genes regulate the normal growth of cells, causing them to grow. Scientists commonly describe oncogenes as similar to a cancer "switch" that most people have in their bodies. What "flips the switch" to make these oncogenes suddenly allow abnormal cancer cells to begin to grow is unknown.

  • Tumor suppressor genes. These genes are able to recognize abnormal growth and reproduction of damaged cells, or cancer cells, and can interrupt their reproduction until the defect is corrected. If the tumor suppressor genes are mutated, however, and they do not function properly, tumor growth may occur.

  • Mismatch-repair genes. These genes help recognize errors when DNA is copied to make a new cell. If the DNA does not "match" perfectly, these genes repair the mismatch and correct the error. If these genes are not working properly, however, errors in DNA can be transmitted to new cells, causing them to be damaged.

Usually, the number of cells in any of our body tissues is tightly controlled so that new cells are made for normal growth and development, as well as to replace dying cells. Ultimately, cancer is a loss of this balance due to genetic alterations that "tip the balance" in favor of excessive cell growth.

How do childhood and adult cancers differ?

Diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis for childhood cancers are different than for adult cancers. The main differences are the survival rate and the cause of the cancer. The five-year survival rate for childhood cancer is about 83%, while in adult cancers the five-year survival rate is 68%. This difference is thought to be because childhood cancer is more responsive to therapy, and a child can tolerate more aggressive therapy.

Childhood cancers often occur or begin in the stem cells, which are simple cells capable of producing other types of specialized cells that the body needs. A sporadic cell change or mutation, meaning that it occurs by chance, is usually what causes childhood cancer. In adults, the type of cell that becomes cancerous is usually an epithelial cell, which is one of the cells that line the body cavity, including the surfaces of organs, glands, or body structures, and cover the body surface. Cancer in adults usually occurs from environmental exposures to these cells over time. Adult cancers are sometimes referred to as acquired for this reason.

Diagnosing Cancer

How is cancer diagnosed?

Unfortunately, there is no single test that can accurately diagnose cancer. A large number of tests are necessary to determine whether a person has cancer, or if another condition (such as an infection) is mimicking the symptoms of cancer. Sometimes, it is necessary to repeat testing if the person's condition changes, if a sample collected was not of good quality, or an abnormal test result needs to be confirmed. The correct diagnosis is necessary in order to determine treatment. In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for cancer may include one, or more of, the following:

  • Complete blood count (CBC). This blood test is a measurement of size, number, and maturity of different blood cells in a specific volume of blood. Abnormal cells may indicate cancer. Variation in the normal number, size, and maturity of cells may indicate a problem.

  • Bone marrow aspiration and/or biopsy. This procedure involves taking a small amount of bone marrow fluid (aspiration) and/or solid bone marrow tissue (called a core biopsy), usually from the back of the hip bones, to be examined for the number, size, and maturity of blood cells and/or abnormal cells.

  • Spinal tap/lumbar puncture. This procedure evaluates the fluid around the spine and brain for pressure and/or infection, and detects any abnormal cells. A special needle is placed into the lower back, into the spinal canal. This is the area around the spinal cord. The pressure in the spinal canal and brain can then be measured. A small amount of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) can be removed and sent for testing to determine if there is an infection or other problem. CSF is the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord.

  • Lymphangiogram (LAG). This is an imaging study that can detect cancer cells or abnormalities in the lymphatic system and structures. It involves a dye being injected into the lymph system.

  • Ultrasound (also called sonography). This is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function, and to assess blood flow through various vessels. Tumors in the abdomen, liver, and kidneys can often be seen with an ultrasound.

  • Biopsy of the tumor. A biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of tissue is removed from the tumor and examined under a microscope. Biopsies are often necessary for a diagnosis, since there are many different types of cancer.

  • Bone scans. Pictures or X-rays are taken of the bone after a radioactive dye has been injected that is absorbed by bone tissue. These scans are used to detect tumors and bone abnormalities.

  • X-rays. These diagnostic tests use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs on film. X-rays may be taken of any part of the body to detect a tumor (or cancer).

  • Computed tomography scan (CT scan). This is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general X-rays.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.

  • Blood tests. Blood tests are used to evaluate electrolytes, liver function, kidney function, presence of infection, tumor markers (chemicals released by a tumor), and/or genetic testing. Genetic counseling may be recommended to families that are found or suspected to have an inherited predisposition to developing cancer, in order to identify other family members who may be at increased risk.

  • Surgery. Surgery may be necessary to perform a biopsy, remove tumors, remove entire organs affected by disease, and to look for tumors that may not be detected with diagnostic imaging.

Cancer Treatment for Children

How is cancer treated?

The group of health care professionals who work together to find, treat, and care for people with cancer is called the cancer care team. The cancer care team may include any or all of the following health care providers, in addition to others:

  • Primary care doctors

  • Pediatricians

  • Pathologists

  • Hematologists

  • Oncology specialists (medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, surgical oncologist)

  • Surgeons (including surgical specialists such as urologists, gynecologists, and neurosurgeons)

  • Anesthesiologists

  • Nurses

  • Oncology nurse specialists

  • Oncology social workers

  • Pharmacists

  • Pastoral care

  • Respiratory therapists

  • Physical therapists

  • Lab technicians

  • Child life therapists

  • Psychologists

  • Radiation technicians

  • Dietitians

Specific treatment for cancer will be determined by your child's doctor based on:

  • Your child's age, overall health, and medical history

  • Type of cancer

  • Extent of disease

  • Development of new treatment options

  • Your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

  • Expectations for the course of the disease

  • Your opinion or preference

Treatment for certain types of cancer may include:

  • Antibiotics (to prevent and treat infections)

  • Supportive care (to treat or prevent the side effects of treatment, such as nausea, diarrhea, anemia, and mouth sores)

  • Surgery (for organ or tumor removal)

  • Placement of a central line (a central line is a thin, flexible tube called a catheter that is placed in a large vein that supplies the circulatory system. A central line is needed to give your child medications and blood products, and to provide a site where blood samples can be easily taken without causing pain. There are several different types of central lines that are used in the treatment of cancer. Your child's doctor will explain the benefits of the available central lines.)

  • Continual follow-up care (to determine response to treatment, detect recurrence of disease, and manage the effects of treatment)

  • Biological response modifiers and immunotherapy (colony-stimulating factors, interleukins, monoclonal antibodies, tumor necrosis factor, interferons, cytokines, and the development of other biological response modifiers are the latest advances in the fight against cancer. Many of these modifiers are normally found in the body and assist with the immune system's ability to protect the body against invasion.)

In addition, doctors are using the body's own processes to fight disease. In the near future, there may be a development that can make our bodies recognize cancer cells and destroy them or simply filter them out like common viruses.

The two most common forms of treatment for cancer are chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

What is chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancerous cells. Chemotherapy has been used for many years and is one of the most common treatments for cancer. In most cases, chemotherapy works by interfering with the cancer cell's ability to grow or reproduce. Different groups of drugs work in different ways to fight cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be used alone for some types of cancer or in combination with other treatments, such as radiation or surgery. Often, a combination of chemotherapy drugs is used to fight a specific cancer. Certain chemotherapy drugs may be given in a specific order depending on the type of cancer it is being used to treat.

While chemotherapy can be quite effective in treating certain cancers, the drugs reach all parts of the body, not just the cancer cells. Because of this, there may be many side effects during treatment. Being able to anticipate these side effects can help you and your child's caregivers prepare and, in some cases, prevent these symptoms from occurring.

How does chemotherapy work?

In most cases, chemotherapy works by interfering with the cancer cell's ability to grow or reproduce. Different groups of drugs work in different ways to fight cancer cells. Often a combination of chemotherapy drugs is used to fight a specific cancer.

How is chemotherapy administered?

Chemotherapy can be given:

  • As a pill to swallow

  • As an injection into the muscle or fat tissue

  • Intravenously (directly to the bloodstream; also called IV)

  • Topically (applied to the skin)

What are the side effects of chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy interferes with fast-growing cancer cells, but it also affects some healthy cells. Before receiving chemotherapy for treatment of cancer, many tests are performed to evaluate the baseline (pretreatment) function of heart, kidneys, lungs, eyes, ears, and reproductive organs. Some chemotherapy may affect the function of these organs either during treatment or months to years after treatment. Some treatment may affect fertility. Other potential side effects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bone marrow suppression. Red blood cells that carry oxygen, white blood cells that fight infection, and platelets that help the blood to clot are usually lowered with chemotherapy use. Risk for anemia, fatigue, infection, and bleeding are increased with bone marrow suppression.

  • Mouth sores, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Chemotherapy affects the fast-growing cells of the mouth and gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

  • Hair loss (also called alopecia). Chemotherapy affects the cells of the hair and nails. After treatment is completed, most children's hair will grow back. Texture of hair and fingernails may change.

What is radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy (also called radiation oncology) uses special kinds of energy waves or particles to fight cancer. Like surgery, radiation therapy is used in several ways depending on the type and location of the cancer. Certain levels of radiation work to destroy cancer cells or prevent cells from growing or reproducing. This treatment may provide a cure for cancer, control the disease, or help relieve its symptoms.

Although each hospital may have specific protocols, radiation therapy usually begins with these procedures:

  • Simulation process. After a physical examination and a review of your child's medical history, the treatment team "maps" out the position your child will be in for each treatment and the exact location on your child's body (referred to as treatment field or port) where the radiation will be given (the simulation process). Sometimes, the area on your child's body that requires treatment will be marked to make sure radiation is given properly. The treatment team may also make molds, headrests, or other devices that help to position your child during your treatment. Imaging studies may also be performed during the simulation process to help plan how to direct the radiation during treatments.

  • Treatment plan. Once the simulation process is completed, the radiation oncologist will determine your child's treatment plan, including the type of machine to use, the amount of radiation that is needed, and the number of treatments that will be given.

What are the different types of radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy is given through different methods, depending on the type of cancer, the location of the cancer, and the patient's health. Sometimes, radiation therapy is used in combination with other treatments. The following are some of the different types of radiation therapy with brief explanations of their goals:

  • External radiation (external beam therapy). With external radiation (external beam therapy), radiation is administered by a large machine that points the energy waves directly at the tumor. The radiation therapist controls the machine. Since radiation is used to kill cancer cells, special shields may be made to protect the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Radiation treatments are painless and usually last a few minutes.

  • Internal radiation (brachytherapy, implant radiation). With internal radiation (brachytherapy, implant radiation), a high dose of radiation is given inside the body as close to the cancer as possible. The radiation treatment may be swallowed, injected, or implanted directly into the tumor. Some of the radioactive implants are called seeds or capsules. Internal radiation involves administering a higher dose of radiation in a shorter time span when compared with external radiation. Some internal radiation treatments stay in the body temporarily; other internal treatments stay in the body permanently, although the radioactive substance loses its radiation within a short period of time. In some cases, both internal and external radiation therapies are used.

What are the side effects of radiation therapy?

The side effects of radiation depend on the dose and location, and if it is internal or external. Before receiving radiation for treatment of cancer, many tests may be performed to evaluate the baseline (pretreatment) function of heart, kidneys, lungs, eyes, ears and reproductive organs. Some radiation may affect the function of these organs either during treatment or months to years after treatment. Some treatment may affect fertility. The side effects usually relate to the area of the body that is receiving the radiation treatments. Potential side effects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hair loss (also called alopecia). Hair loss may occur if radiation therapy of the head is given. After treatment is completed, most children's hair will grow back.

  • Bone growth. Bone growth may also be affected, especially with young children who are still having significant bone growth. Height stature and/or limbs may be shortened because of the effect of radiation.

  • Skin changes. The skin may be more sensitive, reddened, or irritated after having radiation. Skin care is an important part of radiation treatment. Skin changes are short-term effects of radiation. Your child's doctor will explain the necessary prevention and treatment of any skin problems related to radiation.

  • Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. If radiation therapy of the pelvis or abdomen is given, a child may experience diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomiting.

  • Fatigue. Extreme tiredness called fatigue is common with radiation therapy. It may get worse as treatment goes on and can last for months after treatment ends.

Zeinab A. Afify, M.D.

Dr. Afify received her medical degree from University of Alexandria, Egypt, Faculty of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Hematology Oncology fellowship in Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University. She was on the faculty in the department of Pediatrics in Alexandria University for 10 years. She also took clinical ... Read More


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Phillip Barnette, MD, DVM, is an associate professor in the University of Utah School of Medicine and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is a pediatric oncologist-hematologist. Barnette is interested in the study of acute childhood leukemia, clinical trials of leukemia, and research and therapeutic a... Read More


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Michael W. Boyer, M.D.

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Dr. Boyer is currently the Director of the University of Utah Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, which encompasses both adult and pediatric bone marrow transplant, with clinical services at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (Clinic 2C) and at Primary Children's Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director for the University of Utah Cell Therapy F... Read More


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Carol S. Bruggers, M.D.

Dr. Bruggers received her medical degree from Michigan State University in 1984,completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, and her Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship at Duke University in North Carolina. She joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah... Read More


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Michael E. Engel, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P.

Michael Engel, MD, PhD, attended the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN. He completed his Pediatric residency training and subspecialty training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. He recently joined the faculty of the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primar... Read More


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Mark N. Fluchel, M.D.

Dr. Fluchel received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, completed his Pediatric residency at Seattle Children´s Hospital, and his Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He joined the faculty of the University of Utah in 2007, where he is currently an Associate Profes... Read More


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Andrew C. Harris, M.D.

Dr. Harris received his medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He then completed his Pediatric residency at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and his Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation fellowship at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of M... Read More


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Richard S. Lemons, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard Lemons, MD, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, medical director and chief of pediatric hematology/oncology at Primary Children's Medical Center and the University of Utah, and a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator. He is involved in various clinical trials for pediatric malig... Read More


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Dr. Maese received his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri. He then completed his pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and went on to complete a clinical fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Utah. He joine... Read More


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Elizabeth Ann Raetz, M.D.

Dr. Raetz received her medical degree and completed residency training at the University of Wisconsin. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the University of Utah and was a member of the faculty from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Raetz returned to the faculty of the University of Utah in 2014, where she is a Professor in the Division... Read More

Joshua D. Schiffman, M.D.

Dr. Schiffman received his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine, completed his Pediatric Residency, Pediatric Chief Residency, and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at Stanford University. He has been an investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute since 2008, and a faculty member at the University of Utah since 2009. Dr.... Read More


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Anupam R. Verma, M.D.

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Jennifer A. Wright, M.D.

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Hassan M Yaish, MD. Medical Director, Intermountain Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center. Graduated from college of Medicine, University of Damascus in 1964 Internship in internal medicine and pediatrics at Augesta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem and Damascus city Hospital in Damascus, Syria. Residency in pediatrics at the Royal medical servic... Read More


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