Welcome to the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Since its inception as a clinic in 1969 and a division in 1975, we have been dedicated to excellence in patient care, research, and education in pediatric hematology and oncology. Our mission is to improve the lives of children with blood disorders and cancer, advance discovery through research, and train the leaders of the future. Pediatric hematology/oncology is a diverse field which includes many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Cancer predisposition
  • Leukemia and lymphoma
  • Solid organ cancers
  • Brain and spinal tumors
  • Bone and soft tissue sarcomas
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Precision medicine
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Non-malignant hematology
  • Hemostasis and thrombosis
  • Sickle cell disease and thalassemia
  • Bone marrow failure
  • Vascular malformations

Across the many diseases within hematology and oncology, we provide state-of-the art clinical care and access to cutting edge therapies and clinical trials. Our faculty include nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field. We are the only pediatric hematology/oncology program in the state of Tennessee with a unique combination of clinical programs in both hematology and oncology and access to all pediatric subspecialties all within our medical center. Our clinical care is supported by a multi-specialty, multidisciplinary specialty team of physicians, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, child life specialists, and others who all work together to provide evidence-based family-centered care.

Our team conducts basic science, clinical, and population-based research with studies conducted in the United States and abroad. With multimillion-dollar funding from the National Institutes of Health, foundations, and generous donors, our faculty, staff, trainees, and students are committed to new discovery that will lead to prevention, early detection, and treatment for blood disorders and cancer. Our faculty have appointments, including leadership roles, across the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer center in the state of Tennessee that serves both adults and children.

Education and training are essential to our mission. This includes clinical and research training for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty, including those visiting from other institutions in the country and internationally. We have specialized career development grants for fellows and junior faculty.

Our website provides more detail about our clinical, research, and educational efforts. Please contact us if we can provide any information that would be helpful in these areas.

Best regards,

Debra L. Friedman, MD, MS

Debra L. Friedman, MD, MS
Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
E. Bronson Ingram Chair in Pediatric Oncology, Department of Pediatrics
Deputy Director, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center