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A diagnosis of cancer or blood disease can be hard, and you and your family want the best team available. At University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, you can be assured that your child or teen will receive the best possible care.

Our pediatric hematologists and oncologists have undergone extensive schooling to diagnose and treat pediatric patients who have cancer or diseases of the blood, immune cells, bones or joints. They are specially trained to work with pediatric patients in both hematology (the study of blood) and oncology (the study of cancer).

We offer advanced diagnosis and treatment options for children and young adults, including access to clinical trials.

Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program

Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Hematology

Leukemia/Lymphoma

Neuro-oncology

  • Brain Tumors
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Retinoblastoma

Solid Tumors

  • Sarcomas
  • Kidney Cancers
  • Liver Cancers

We believe you are the expert on your child. Our talented team will work with you to plan the best course of treatment for your loved one. Our goal is to provide compassionate care and increase both the length and quality of life for children with these diseases.

Research

Researchers at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa have received a five-year, $10.67 million Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant to study neuroendocrine tumors. This is the first and only SPORE grant ever awarded to fund research on neuroendocrine tumors. Sue O’Dorisio, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics in the division of pediatric hematology/oncology of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics and the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, is the principal investigator on the SPORE. 

Learn more about neuroendocrine tumors and how this grant will benefit patients and researchers.

Learn more about pediatric cancer research helps the littlest ones fight the biggest battles.

Patient Stories

  • UI researcher talks of personal experience with sickle cell disease

    Amirah Butali Dr. Butali shares the story of his daughter, Amirah, and her struggles with sickle cell disease before getting a life-changing bone marrow transplant from her 5-year-old brother in 2016.Read more
  • Flynn Lanferman

    Flynn Lanferman A persistent fever, mysterious bruising, and a stubborn nosebleed gave 3-year-old Flynn’s local pediatrician cause for concern. When results from blood tests came back, he had an ambulance waiting to transfer Flynn and his mom to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Once Flynn’s father arrived, they were told Flynn had leukemia.Read more
  • Hayden Wheatley

    Hayden Wheatley When Hayden was 19 months old, her parents noticed she was having balance issues. A CT scan at a local hospital showed she had fluid on her brain. She and her family were transferred to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered a mass on Hayden’s brain stem. The mass was removed during an eight-hour surgery, but Hayden still wasn’t out of the woods.Read more
  • End-of-Chemo Party

    Katie's chemo party At University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, when a child completes chemotherapy, we celebrate with a special party! Read more
  • Finding His Way

    Leighton and Jarron Weber photo Having a multidisciplinary pediatric cancer team in place made a difficult situation a bit easier for the Weber family.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    Level 11
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Appointment: 319-356-2229
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
    • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)
  • UI Health Care–Iowa River Landing
    105 East 9th Street
    Coralville, Iowa 52241
    Hours
    • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Friday: 8 a.m to 5 p.m..
    • Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-467-2000
    • Toll free: 855-467-3700
  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital–Quad Cities
    865 Lincoln Road
    Bettendorf, Iowa 52272
    Contact
    • Phone: 563-344-2240
    • Toll free: 877-386-9105
  • University of Iowa Health Care–Cedar Falls
    2624 Orchard Drive
    Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
    Contact
    • 855-543-2884

Care Team

Other Team Members

Clinical Research

  • Molly Conway
  • Roxane Mitten