My research interests focus in the areas of adolescent/young adult (AYA) oncology, AYA decision making, clinical trial enrollment, and bioethics. My overarching goal is to improve the care of AYAs with cancer at all points of their disease experience. Through my year of advanced fellowship training in AYA Oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and University of Southern California Norris Cancer Hospital (USC Norris), I gained diverse experiences that strengthened my desire to continue research in this population. These experiences included the opportunity to care for AYAs, to be a member of the AYA Cancer Program that provides medical and psychosocial support to AYAs across both campuses, to lead the fertility preservation initiative at CHLA, to initiate my own line of research in AYAs investigating clinical trial enrollment of AYAs and to participate in AYA-specific research through collaboration with others. On a national level, I serve as a member of the AYA committee in the Children’s Oncology Group and the founding chair of the AYA hematology/oncology special interest group of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. I have recently transitioned my career to Cleveland Clinic Children’s, where I will continue in this work and have the great opportunity to build an AYA program.
Department of Pediatrics
School of Medicine
Population and Cancer Prevention Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center