Your child deserves the best cancer care available.

At University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, your child is treated by a specialist who is an expert in your child’s specific type of cancer, with access to the best treatments, including clinical trials of promising new therapies not yet widely available.

And every member of our staff is specially trained to care for children, offering support, compassion, and hope to kids and their families, every step of the way.

Leukemia and lymphoma are cancers of the blood. We are nationally recognized for our experience and expertise in treating children with these conditions.

Neuro-oncologists treat cancer of the brain and spinal cord. We have the region’s only dedicated neuro-oncology program for children with central nervous system-related diseases.

Solid tumors are cancers that affect bones and organs. We use personalized treatment plans for each type of cancer, and our care teams include surgeons who specialize in childhood cancers.

Hematologists treat diseases that affect the blood and the parts of the body that make blood. We offer a full range of treatment for common and rare blood conditions to help kids live better lives.

We're using the latest therapies to improve the body's ability to fight cancerous tumors and make healthy blood. And our research is ongoing—we're working every day to invent newer and better treatments for our pediatric patients.

Patient Stories

  • Parent Blog: Jessica McKearney

    Hudson McKearney, photo "They are so compassionate about what they do and truly care. They put everything they have into caring for your child. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to care for my son battling cancer. Because of them, our son is in remission and thriving." Jessica McKearneyRead more
  • Melanie knows UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital is ‘where we need to be’ for her baby born with cancer during COVID-19

    Eliana Cox, in NICU photo Elaina Cox entered the world during a pandemic, and her first battle was with cancer. But her mother, Melanie, knows that Elaina is “strong like the many strong women before her in this family” and has the right team fighting alongside her. Here’s Melanie’s story about how the staff at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is providing the care and comfort necessary to make the whole experience a little less scary for the Cox family.Read more
  • Parent Blog: Sara Erbes

    Grayson Erbes sitting on hospital bed "UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital helped save Grayson’s life. Without their expertise, Grayson could’ve had a very different outcome." Sara Erbes Read more
  • Aidan Kasper

    Aidan Kasper, portrait Aidan was transferred from his local hospital to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital immediately after birth when doctors discovered he was born with Pierre Robin sequence, a set of facial abnormalities that includes a small lower jaw, a tongue that is placed farther back than normal, and blockage of the airways. He spent 56 days in the NICU. Read more
  • Andrew Morlan

    Andrew Morlan, portrait When Andrew and his twin brother, Isaac, were born, it was discovered that Andrew was in kidney failure. He was rushed to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where it was determined that he would need a kidney transplant. After 2 months in the neonatal intensive care unit, Andrew went home on dialysis, and at 14 months old, he received a kidney from his mother.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    Level 11
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-319-356-2229
    • 1-888-573-5437 (888 573 KIDS)
    • 1-319-356-1616 (Emergency)