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Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for children and adolescents with cancer and blood disorders. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of subspecialists including physicians, nurses, social workers, nurse navigators, and child life specialists who tend to all aspects of care for the patient and family. In addition, there are full-time teachers on staff, so children can stay current with their schoolwork while receiving treatment.

Rutgers Cancer Institute offers the most advanced approaches to cancer care and the treatment of blood disorders, using sophisticated techniques in diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Our program is a member of the National Cancer Institute supported Children's Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research and clinical trials.

Care is provided in a comfortable setting designed specifically for young children and adolescents, with laboratory, pharmacy and transfusion services on site. Patients who need to stay overnight are admitted to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Our pediatric hematologists/oncologists also provide care at Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, in Long Branch, New Jersey.

Components of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program

  • Pediatric Leukemia and Lymphoma Program
  • Neuro-oncology Program
  • Pediatric Solid Tumor and Bone Program
  • Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center
  • Consultative Hematology
  • Thalassemia Program
  • Bone Marrow Failure Program
  • Transfusion Program
  • Pediatric Hemophilia Center
  • Bleeding Disorder Program
  • Pediatric Thrombosis Program
  • Psychosocial Services

logo image of the LITE Program, lighthouseThe LITE Program at  Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey provides long-term evaluation, support, and health education for the growing population of childhood cancer survivors. The successes in the treatment of childhood cancer have led to increasing survival rates. Survivors may be at risk for developing problems (late effects) from the life-saving cancer treatments they received (chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery) since the treatment not only gets rid of the cancer, but also damages healthy tissues/cells.

Our physicians work with the Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Pediatric Advanced Comprehensive Care Team (PACCT) Program which is a unique program that addresses end of life issues and is an integral part of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program’s “total” commitment to patient/family care.  Physicians, nurses, counselors who have care for these children from initial diagnosis and subsequent treatments continue to be the individual professionals that care for them at home through the palliative care services program.  

For additional information or to schedule an appointment call 732-235-5437.


head shot of Dr. Peter ColePeter Cole, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology
headshot of Dr. Richard DrachtmanRichard Drachtman, MD, Clinical Section Chief, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology

Pediatric Hematologists/Oncologists

head shot of Dr. Peter ColePeter Cole, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology
headshot of Dr. Richard DrachtmanRichard Drachtman, MD, Clinical Section Chief, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology
Headshot of Dr. Margaret MastersonMargaret Masterson, MD, Medical Director, LITE Program

Radiation Oncologist

headshot of Dr. Rahul R. ParikhRahul R. Parikh, MD, Medical Director, Laurie Proton Therapy Center



Dawn Carey, RN, MSN, APN, Advanced Practice Nurse
Dora DelSordo, RN, MSN, APN, Advanced Practice Nurse
Susan Pillet, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPON, Advanced Practice Nurse
Beth Savage, MSN, CPNP, CPON, Advanced Practice Nurse
Donna Plaxe, MSN, CPNP, CPON, Inpatient Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Paulette Forbes, MPH, MS, APN, Inpatient Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Marilyn Mundy, RN, Pediatric Nurse
Sharon Shih, RN, BSN, Oncology Nurse Navigator
Claudia Junchaya-Jenssen, RN, BSN, CPHON, Sickle Cell Pediatric Oncology Nurse Navigator

Support Services

Susan Stephens, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, Social Worker
Karen Cambria, Counselor / Patient Management Liaison
Priscilla Scheiner, Counselor / Patient Management Liaison
Karen Long-Traynor, PhDClinical Psychologist