Pediatric Oncology

At Winship, we partner with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the care of pediatric patients with cancer.

The treatment of childhood cancers is different than adult cancers.

We understand the unique needs of children with cancer and their families. To provide the highest quality of care, Winship Cancer Institute and Emory's Department of Pediatrics have partnered with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, one of the highest volume pediatric cancer centers in the country, to best meet the special needs of our pediatric patients.

Our team includes specialists in pediatric radiation oncology, pediatric oncology, pediatric surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric neuroradiology, pediatric neurology, pediatric nursing, social work, child life and other support staff.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
  • Availability of new treatment options within pediatric clinical trials.
  • Access to programs such as the Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Program and support groups for you and your caregivers.
  • Access to the Family Support Services where you and your family can learn about current therapies and share your experiences.

Request an Appointment

If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, we are ready to help. Call the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at (404) 785-1112 to request an appointment.

Every child requires a unique course of treatment for their cancer.

Though our partnership with the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, we can offer a wide array of services for children and young adults with many types of cancer and blood disorders. These services include advanced diagnostic and clinical care as well as innovative treatment and research options for children and young adults.

Your child's treatment options may include:

Radiation: Radiation therapy is used to treat many types of pediatric cancers, using x-rays and energy particles to destroy cancerous cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. Doctors who administer radiation therapy are called radiation oncologists. Technologies offered at Winship include: external beam radiation (intensity-modulated radiotherapy and on-board imaging), brachytherapy using radioactive seeds, stereotactic radiosurgery and Gamma Knife© radiosurgery.

When your child's treatment plan includes radiation therapy, you will be treated by radiation oncologists at Winship who are world leaders in their field. Pioneering ground-breaking research and progressive treatment for children with cancer, we are the only radiation oncology department in Georgia specializing in pediatric cancer care.

Proton therapy: Proton therapy uses protons to precisely treat cancerous tumors throughout the body while minimizing the potential toxicity to surrounding normal tissues. The Emory Proton Therapy Center is the only center of its kind in Georgia to offer pediatric patients access to this state-of-the-art radiation therapy.

Surgery: Many children will require surgery to remove tumors, whether cancerous or noncancerous. A surgical oncologist specializes in removing tumors using surgery. Surgery is often used in conjunction with other therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is a treatment used to destroy cancer cells, and their ability to grow and divide, with the use of drugs delivered through the bloodstream. A pediatric oncologist specializes in chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is administered intravenously with a tube placed into a vein or in a pill form.

Bone marrow transplantation
The goal of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant is to destroy all of the cancer cells in the bone marrow and blood using high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. The patient then receives transplant cells that replace stem cells destroyed by treatment.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of your child living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our pediatric cancer teams address these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors to social service professionals.

Clinical Trials

Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial through the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Through these trials, your child may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

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Mary Batcha RN, BSN

  • YACS Program Coordinator
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Mary Batcha RN, BSN

Mary Batcha RN, BSN

  • Mrs. Batcha works closely with Dr. Natia Esiashvili and Dr. Susmita Parashar in coordinating care for young adult cancer survivors.
  • Coordinator, Young Adult Cancer Survivor Program, Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 285-8838

Daniel John Bergsagel MD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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Daniel John Bergsagel MD

Daniel John Bergsagel MD

  • Dr. Bergsagel serves as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1200

William T. Cash MD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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William T. Cash MD

William T. Cash MD

  • Dr. Cash serves as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Robert Craig Castellino MD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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Robert Craig Castellino MD

Robert Craig Castellino MD

  • Dr. Castellino's research focuses on PPM1D-mediated signaling pathways that divert normal brain development toward growth and dissemination of medulloblastoma or DIPG.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 727-2078

Sharon M. Castellino MD, MSc

  • Pediatric Hematologist
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                                 Sharon M. Castellino MD, MSc
Sharon M. Castellino MD, MSc

Sharon M. Castellino MD, MSc

  • Dr. Castellino serves as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • Director, Leukemia and Lymphoma, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
  • (404) 785-1112

Bree Eaton MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Bree Eaton MD

Bree Eaton MD

Karen Effinger MD, MS

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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                                 Karen Effinger MD, MS
Karen Effinger MD, MS

Karen Effinger MD, MS

  • Dr. Effinger specializes in pediatric oncology survivorship, and in the late effects of childhood cancer and stem cell transplantation.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Natia Esiashvili MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Natia Esiashvili MD

Natia Esiashvili MD

  • Dr. Esiashvili specializes in the treatment of complex pediatric cancers and hematological malignancies in adults.
  • Professor and Chief Quality Officer, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Jason R. Fangusaro MD

  • Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist
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Jason R. Fangusaro MD

Jason R. Fangusaro MD

  • Dr. Fangusaro has expertise and specialty training in treating children with central nervous system malignancies, including brain and spinal cord tumors.
  • Director of Developmental Therapeutics, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
  • (404) 785-1112

Kelly C. Goldsmith MD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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Kelly C. Goldsmith MD

Kelly C. Goldsmith MD

  • Dr. Goldsmith specializes in the treatment of neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor and other renal tumors of childhood.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Douglas K. Graham MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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Douglas K. Graham MD, PhD

Douglas K. Graham MD, PhD

Edwin M. Horwitz MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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                                 Edwin M. Horwitz MD, PhD
Edwin M. Horwitz MD, PhD

Edwin M. Horwitz MD, PhD

  • Dr. Horwitz is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where he also serves as Director of Transplantation Biology and Therapeutics.
  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1200

Anna Janss MD, PhD

  • Neuro-oncologist
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Anna Janss MD, PhD

Anna Janss MD, PhD

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR, FACRO

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR, FACRO
Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR, FACRO

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR, FACRO

  • Dr. Khan specializes in lymphoma, multiple myeloma, skin (melanoma, squamous cell, basal cell, merkel cell), and pediatric cancers.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

James L. Klosky PhD, ABPP

  • Pediatric Psychologist
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James L. Klosky PhD, ABPP

James L. Klosky PhD, ABPP

Leslie P. Lawley MD

  • Pediatric Dermatologist
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Leslie P. Lawley MD

Leslie P. Lawley MD

  • Dr. Lawley specializes in the treatment of vascular tumors and malformations, and graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD) in children.
  • Vice Chair of Pediatric Dermatology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston
  • (404) 778-3333

Tobey J. MacDonald MD

  • Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist
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Tobey J. MacDonald MD

Tobey J. MacDonald MD

Claire M. Mazewski MD

  • Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist
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Claire M. Mazewski MD

Claire M. Mazewski MD

  • Dr. Mazewski specializes in the treatment of childhood brain and spinal cord tumors, and in the treatment of infants with brain tumors.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Lillian R. Meacham MD

  • Pediatric Endocrinologist
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Lillian R. Meacham MD

Lillian R. Meacham MD

Tamara Miller MD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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                                 Tamara Miller MD
Tamara Miller MD

Tamara Miller MD

  • Dr. Miller's research focuses on understanding and improving reporting of adverse events of therapy for pediatric cancer.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Katherine A. Minson MD

  • Pediatric Hematologist
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Katherine A. Minson MD

Katherine A. Minson MD

  • Dr. Minson specializes in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in pediatric patients.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Sarah G. Mitchell MD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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                                 Sarah G. Mitchell MD
Sarah G. Mitchell MD

Sarah G. Mitchell MD

  • Dr. Mitchell focuses her clinical care on treating children with solid tumors and rare tumors.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Christopher C. Porter MD

  • Pediatric Hematologist
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Christopher C. Porter MD

Christopher C. Porter MD

  • Dr. Porter serves as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Kara K. Prickett MD

  • Pediatric Otolaryngologist
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Kara K. Prickett MD

Kara K. Prickett MD

  • Dr. Prickett specializes in the care of neonatal and pediatric head and neck tumors and airway concerns.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Muna Qayed MD, MsCR

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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                                 Muna Qayed MD, MsCR
Muna Qayed MD, MsCR

Muna Qayed MD, MsCR

  • Dr. Qayed specializes in transplantation for neuroblastoma and other solid tumors, and in the treatment of graft versus host disease.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1200

Himalee S. Sabnis MD, MSc

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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Himalee S. Sabnis MD, MSc

Himalee S. Sabnis MD, MSc

  • Dr. Sabnis specializes in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in pediatric patients.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Robert Schnepp MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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Robert Schnepp MD, PhD

Robert Schnepp MD, PhD

  • Dr. Schnepp specializes in the treatment of pediatric cancer with an emphasis on neuroblastoma and other aggressive solid malignancies.
  • William G. Woods, MD, Aflac Clinical Investigator Chair, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
  • (404) 785-1112

Ryan J. Summers MD

  • Pediatric Hematologist
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Ryan J. Summers MD

Ryan J. Summers MD

  • Dr. Summers specializes in the treatment of pediatric hematologic malignancies.
  • Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 785-1112

Karen Wasilewski-Masker MD, MSc

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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                                 Karen Wasilewski-Masker MD, MSc
Karen Wasilewski-Masker MD, MSc

Karen Wasilewski-Masker MD, MSc

Daniel S. Wechsler MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Oncologist
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                                 Daniel S. Wechsler MD, PhD
Daniel S. Wechsler MD, PhD

Daniel S. Wechsler MD, PhD

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