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Our Team

When your child is diagnosed with cancer or a complex blood disorder, you have no time to lose. You want access to best care providers—not tomorrow, but yesterday.

If you bring your child to the Children’s Hospital of Montefiore (CHAM) you won’t have to wait. Our interdisciplinary team has built a reputation for excellent pediatric cancer care, and includes oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, neuro-radiologists, neuro-pathologists, oncology nurses, social workers, Child Life therapists and, when necessary, experts in palliative care. Together, we deliver the most cutting-edge, comprehensive treatment options with precision and efficacy. Over the years, we’ve helped innovate treatments and drive healthy outcomes for thousands of children with cancer and blood disorders.

  • Faculty

    David M. Loeb, MD, PhD

    Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Marrow and Blood Cell Transplantation
    Director, Sarcoma Program
    Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Developmental and Molecular Biology

     

    Specialties

    • Hematology-Oncology (Cancer)
    • Pediatrics
     

    Contact Information

    P: (718) 741-2426

    Primary Location

    The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore3415 Bainbridge AvenueBronx, NY 10467-2403

    Leanne M. Ostrodka, MD

    M.D. Instructor

     

    Specialties

    • Hematology-Oncology (Cancer)
     

    Contact Information

    P: (718) 741-2342

    Primary Location

    The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore3415 Bainbridge AvenueBronx, NY 10467-2403

    Daniel A. Weiser, MD

    Medical Director, Intra-abdominal solid tumor program Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
    Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics

     

    Specialties

    • Hematology-Oncology (Cancer)
    • Pediatrics
     

    Contact Information

    P: (718) 741-2342 F: (718) 920-6506

    Primary Location

    The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore3415 Bainbridge AvenueBronx, NY 10467-24033 More Locations

    Sarah E. Norris, MD

     

    Specialties

    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Pediatrics
     

    Contact Information

    P: (718) 741-2426

    Primary Location

    The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore3415 Bainbridge AvenueBronx, NY 10467-24032 More Locations

  • FELLOWS

    Ellen Fraint

    Dr. Ellen Fraint is currently a third year fellow at CHAM. She graduated from pediatric residency at Nemours/Alfred Dupont Hospital for Children. She attended the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded the Jesse Frank Prize in Pathology. She has presented abstracts at both AAP and ASPHO conferences. She is currently a member of Dr. Theresa Bowman’s lab, studying ways to perform hematopoietic cell transplantation in zebrafish in order to create a model for improving human bone marrow transplantation. Her major clinical interest is in improving outcomes for bone marrow transplant.

     
     

    Kaitlin Strumph

    Dr. Kaitlin Strumph is currently a second year fellow at CHAM. She graduated from the University of Connecticut pediatric residency program (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center), where she helped establish the pediatric heme/onc teaching curriculum for medical students and implement clinical pathways for oncology patients with fever. Dr. Strumph was also recognized with the Housestaff Teaching Commendation for her outstanding accomplishments and commitment to education. She is spending her 2nd and 3rd years as a member of the Einstein Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP), which is a two year master’s program consisting of didactic learning and coursework as well as a mentored research experience. Her project focuses on investigating the acute effects of iron overload on different immune parameters including vaccine response in patients with sickle cell disease.

     
     

    Leya Schwartz

    Dr. Leya Schwartz is currently a first year fellow at CHAM. She completed her pediatrics residency at CHAM. Prior to residency, she attended medical school at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in NJ. She is currently working on projects looking at off label targeted therapy in refractory sarcoma and rates of serious bacterial infection in children with sickle cell disease.

     
     

    Moriah Rabin

    Dr. Moriah Rabin is currently a second year fellow at CHAM. She is a graduate of the CHAM pediatric residency program where she was involved in several research projects including treatments for enuresis in sickle cell disease and hyperglycemia during ALL induction. Dr. Rabin was recognized for her leadership skills and selected to serve a Chief Resident at CHAM. She is starting her research years working in Dr. Harris Goldstein's lab studying a novel multi-specific anti-CD19 based lentiviral vector that encodes chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells for treatment resistant/refractory B-cell leukemia.

     
     

    Nora Rahmani

    Dr. Nora Rahmani is currently a third year fellow at CHAM. She is a graduate of the CHAM pediatric residency program, when she received the Leo M. Davidoff Society Award for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students. She attended medical school at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and was awarded the Levine Scholarship for Excellence in Translational Research. During her fellowship, she has presented on sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy at the 2018 ASPHO conference and was awarded a travel grant to present at the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society Meeting in December 2018. Her current research is in Dr. Amit Verma’s lab, in collaboration with Oxford University in the United Kingdom, focused on employing genome sequencing and gene editing technologies to further delineate the molecular landscape of MDS and AML.

     
     

    Yixian (Ethan) Li

    Dr. Yixian (Ethan) is currently a first year fellow at CHAM. He completed his pediatrics residency at Marshfield Clinic Program in Wisconsin. Prior to residency, he attended Sun Yat Sen University in China, where he won the first prize scholarship for excellent academic accomplishments. He has presented posters at ASPHO 2017 and 2018 on a novel GATA 1 mutation and utility of procalcitonin in fever and neutropenia.

     
     

  • Other Team Members

    Caroline A. Bell, NP

     
     

    Contact Information

    P: (718) 741-2342 F: (718) 741-2237

    Primary Location

    The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore3415 Bainbridge AvenueBronx, NY 10467-2403

    Megan M. Duggan, NP

     

    Languages

    Spanish, French
     

    Contact Information

    P: (718) 741-2342 F: (718) 920-6506

    Primary Location

    The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore3415 Bainbridge AvenueBronx, NY 10467-2403

    Sheila Buchanan, RN

     
     

    Michele McInerne, CPNP, CPON

     
     

    Siobhan Polese, CPON

     
     

    Doris Eugenio

    Yoga Instructor

     
     

    Talia Haviv

    Child Life Specialists

     
     

    Rigoberto Tomala, LMSW

    Social Worker

     
     

    Denise Velazquez, LMSW

     
     

    Alison DeSilva, RN

    CHAM 9 nurse manager

     
     

    Lauren Wendt, RN

    Outpatient nurse manager

     
     

    Andrecia Spaulding

     
     

    Lara Fabish

     
     

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