Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is the major pediatric tertiary care referral center in the Chicago metropolitan area. Ranked ninth in the nation for cancer pediatric oncology, the program provides a powerful blend of clinical expertise, research effort, and comprehensive services. The inpatient and outpatient areas together constitute the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and represent a multimillion dollar investment by the hospital, underscoring its commitment to the program in pediatric oncology. Our division currently has sixteen faculty members and nine fellows. The division offers two ACGME-accredited fellowships on an annual basis.
Patient resources and clinical volumes are significant for a pediatric program. The number of pediatric hematology/oncology out-patient visits per year exceeds 13,700, and annual admissions to the day hospital for oncology patients are in excess of 4,800. The average number of new oncology patients seen yearly by this section is approximately 215, and approximately 360 long-term survivors of pediatric leukemia and solid tumors are under active care by members of the program. The family-centered, multidisciplinary approach to care offered by the center is the reason the program stands above the rest in the region. Families come to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago because no other provider in the region can offer the breadth and depth of services nor the level of expertise among its specialists and subspecialists. At any given time, a patient at Lurie Children's may be treated by a team of clinicians, surgeons, scientists, nurses, nutritionists, dietitians, advanced practice nurses, and child and family support staff-all of whom are solely dedicated to the care of children.
Lurie Children's led the way in 1995 as one of the first pediatric hospitals to conduct stem cell transplants on an outpatient basis. Outpatient care for stem cell transplants was once thought risky and incompatible. But according to Morris Kletzel, MD, director of the program, recovery at home is actually safer for children because they are exposed to fewer germs and bacteria. Today, Lurie Children's consistently performs outpatient transplants to treat specific kinds of cancers, and many other pediatric facilities have followed suit.
Stewart Goldman, MD
Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation
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