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What is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist?

​​By: Stephanie Savelli, MD, FAAP & Dr. Jayson Stoffman​, MD, FRCPC, FAAP

A pediatric hematologist/oncologist is a physician who has special training and experience to diagnose and treat blood disorders and cancers in children, teens, and young adults.

What kind of training do pediatric hematologists/oncologists have?

Pediatric hematologists/oncologists have completed:

  • Medical school

  • Three years of residency training in pediatrics

  • At least 3 additional years of fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology

  • Certification from the American Board of Pediatrics (or an internationally recognized equivalent)

What types of treatments do pediatric hematologists/oncologists provide?

Pediatric hematologists/oncologists diagnose, treat, and manage children and teens with the following:

  • Cancers including leukemias, lymphomas, brain tumors, bone tumors, and solid tumors

  • Diseases of blood cells including disorders of white cells, red cells, and platelets

  • Bleeding and clotting disorders

Where can I find a pediatric hematologist/oncologist?

Pediatric hematologists/oncologists practice in a variety of settings including children's hospitals, university medical centers, and large community hospitals.


Children and teens are not just small adults. Their bodies are growing and have unique medical needs. They usually express their concerns differently than adults do. They cannot always answer medical questions, and are not always able to be patient and cooperative.

Pediatric hematologists/oncologists know how to examine and treat young children and teens in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. Most pediatric hematologists/oncologists' offices are arranged and decorated with children and teens in mind, and the clinical team has specific experience and expertise in working with these patient populations.

If your pediatrician suggests that your child or teen see a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, you can be assured that your child or teen will receive the best possible care.

To find a pediatrician or pediatric specialist in your area, click here.

About Dr. Savelli:

Stephanie SavelliStephanie Savelli, MD, FAAP, is the Director of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship and Late Effects Program and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program at Akron Children's Hospital. Within the American Academy of Pediatrics, she is a member of the Section on Hematology and Oncology Education Subcommittee and the Coagulation Disorders Review Group.

About Dr. Stoffman:

Dr. Jayson Stoffman, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His main interests are treatment of children with bleeding and clotting disorders, and abnormalities of the red blood cell such as sickle cell and thalassemia. He is also very involved in education and advocacy for patients, families, and healthcare providers.


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American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hematology/Oncology (Copyright © 2021)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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