Our Team

Our team of physicians, nurses, and professional support staff bring years of experience and expertise to your child's individual needs, providing the best possible chance for recovery. 

Our staff includes board-certified pediatric hematologists/oncologists , pediatric stem cell transplant physicians, pediatric neuro-oncologists, pediatric neuropsychologists , advanced practice nurses, case managers, social workers, creative art therapists/child life specialists, and learning consultants.
 

Specialized Nursing Care

Advanced practice nurses are involved in every aspect of caring for patients and their families. 
In the outpatient setting, the advanced practice nurses coordinate all patient-related services. In conjunction with the physicians, they review the therapeutic protocols and determine the daily investigations and treatments. 
These nurses ensure a smooth flow of treatments and serve as a resource for families and staff by providing support, education, and consultation. At the conclusion of each day, they convene a multidisciplinary conference to discuss each patient's status, psychosocial issues, laboratory results, and treatment plan.  
For inpatients, the advanced practice nurses provide a link between the patient and the nursing staff on the unit. 
Advanced practice nurses also coordinate home care services and hospice care, and they make school visits to ease transition of patients from the hospital to the classroom and community.
 

Physician Team:

Harris,_Michael,_MD2Michael B. Harris, M.D. 
Director, Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood DIsorders
Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Senior Attending, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Professor of Pediatrics 
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
 
Medical School Education
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 
Post-graduate Training
Residency - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
 
Clinical and Research Interests
Pediatric Oncology-Hematology, Bone Tumors, Leukemia, Lymphomas, Phase II Drug Development
 
 
Hu,_Caroline,_MD1Caroline Hu, M.D.
Attending, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Medical School Education
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
 
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics
 
Post-graduate Training
Internship / Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
Fellowship - Montefiore Medical Center, New York, NY
 
 
Cindy Steele, M.D. 
Associate Director, Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood DIsorders
Director, Outpatient Department, Reuten Clinic
 
Attending, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Medical School Education
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy 
 
Post-graduate Training
Residency - Monmouth Medical Center, New Jersey
Fellowship - Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
 
Clinical and Research Interests
Neuroblastoma, Relapsed leukemia, Sickle cell anemia, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), Iron overload
 
 
Burton Appel, M.D. 
Principal Investigator, Oncology, Children’s Oncology Group
Study Chair, COG Protocol AHOD03P1 for newly-diagnosed low-risk Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin's Lymphoma 
 
Attending, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School 
 
Medical School Education
University of Chicago
 
Post-graduate Training
Pediatric Residency - University of Chicago
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship - University of Chicago
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
 
Clinical and Research Interests
Hodgkin's Disease, Bioethics and Public Health
 
 
Steven H. Diamond, M.D.
Attending Physician, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Attending, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
 
Medical School Education
University of Pennsylvania 
 
Post-graduate Training
Pediatric Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship - Beth Israel Medical Center
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
 
Clinical and Research Interests
Blood Banking, Hemoglobin Disorders, Childhood Cancer
 
 
Frances Flug, M.D.
Director of the Pediatric Hematology Program
 
Attending, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School 
 
Medical School Education
State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center 
 
Post-graduate Training
Residency - New York University Medical Center
Fellowship - New York University Medical Center
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
 
Clinical and Research Interests
Childhood cancer, Hemophilia, Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), Childhood hemostasis and thrombosis, Sickle cell anemia, thalassemia and other hemoglobinopathies
 
 
Jennifer A. Freed, M.D. 
Medical School Education
Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL 
 
Post-graduate Training
Residency - Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC 
Fellowship - Columbia University, New York, NY
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
 
Board Eligible
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 
 
Clinical and Research Interests
Sickle cell anemia, Neuroblastoma, Hodgkin's lymphoma  
 
 
Paul Harlow, M.D.
Clinical Associate Senior Attending
Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Senior Attending, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Medical School Education
State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center 
 
Post-graduate Training
Residency - Bronx Municipal Medical Center
Fellowship - Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
 
Clinical and Research Interests
Immune Cytopenias, Bleeding Disorders
 
 
Bruce N. Terrin, M.D.
Clinical Associate Senior Attending 
Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Senior Attending, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Medical School Education
New York University School of Medicine 
 
Post-graduate Training
Residency - Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York
Fellowship - Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
 
 
Stephen J. Thompson, M.D. 
Chief, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program
Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Clinical Assistant, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, HackensackUMC
 
Medical School Education
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
 
Post-graduate Training
Residency in Pediatrics: UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Residency in Pediatric Neurology: UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
 
Clinical and Research Interests
Neuro-Oncology, Chemotherapy for Brain Tumors, New Agents (Phase-I and Phase-II trials for Brain Tumors), Neurologic and Cognitive Complications of Childhood Cancer
 
 
Alfred P. Gillio, M.D.
Section Chief, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation 
Attending, Department of Pediatrics
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital
Hackensack University Medical Center 
 
Medical School Education
Medical College of Virginia 
 
Post-graduate Training
Residency - Medical School of Virginia
Fellowship - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
 
Board Certification
Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
 
Clinical and Research Interests
Bone Marrow Failure (e.g., Fanconi Anemia), Bone Marrow Transplantation, Cytokine Therapy
 


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