The Chief of Oncology reports to the Senior Vice President of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Dr. Jeffrey Dome, and is responsible for ensuring the highest standards in patient care and safety overseeing clinical research and setting the strategic direction for the division. The Chief recruits and supervises the division’s staff, develops the division’s budget, and manages its financial performance. He/she is responsible for promoting and monitoring the academic success of the division's faculty, ensuring appropriate mentorship, and will enhance educational and advocacy initiatives.
Please send inquiries to the co-chairs of the search committee:
Elizabeth Wells, MD
Vice President, Center for Neurosciences and Behavioral Medicine
Children’s National Hospital
Anthony Sandler, MD
Senior Vice President, Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care
Children’s National Hospital
We are seeking an individual who has demonstrated outstanding skills as a clinician, researcher, and leader in pediatric oncology. The individual will be an Associate or Full Professor with evidence of nationally recognized scholarship in pediatric oncology. The individual should be a strong communicator and collaborator, with potential to enhance philanthropic support of the program. The successful candidate will be Board certified in pediatric hematology/oncology.
Children’s National Hospital:
Founded in 1870, Children’s National Hospital (Children’s National) is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Children’s National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury and has been named to the prestigious Top 10 Children’s Hospital Honor Roll by the U.S. News and World Report. Its internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for patients from throughout the region, nation, and world, with more than 15,000 inpatient admissions, 450,000 outpatient visits, and 100,000 emergency department visits annually. Children’s National is a 323-bed hospital with five community-based health centers in the District of Columbia, and seven regional outpatient facilities in Maryland and Virginia. Serving as an advocate for all children provides more than $50 million annually in uncompensated care.
Division of Oncology:
The Division of Oncology is one of six divisions in the Children’s National Center for... Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD), along with the Divisions of Allergy/Immunology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Hematology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Rheumatology. The division sees about 300 new cancer diagnoses annually, including about 70 patients referred from other pediatric cancer programs for innovative and specialized therapies. The program is consistently ranked by US News and World Report as a top-10 pediatric cancer program and was ranked #6 in 2022. The Division includes 18 oncologist faculty members based at the main campus in Washington DC, 8 additional faculty members based at our affiliate Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV) practice in northern Virginia, 12 hematology/oncology fellows, one neuro-oncology fellow, 12 nurse practitioners, and 1 physician assistant. The Division has four main clinical programs: Leukemia/Lymphoma, Solid Tumor, Neuro-Oncology, and Survivorship and Supportive Care. Each of these programs has a team of faculty, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, clinical research coordinators, and social workers who oversee clinical care and research in their disease area. Additionally, there are programs in adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology and cancer genetics. The division is a member of several cooperative research consortia including the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC), the Pediatric Early Phase Clinical Research Network (PEP-CTN), the Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma (TACL), the Strategic Alliance for Research through Collaboration (SARC), the Collaborative Ependymoma Research Network (CERN), Collaborative Network for Neuro-oncology Trials (CONNECT), Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN), National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF), and Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Clinical Trials Consortium (NF-CTC). Faculty members serve as study chairs and hold senior leadership positions within these consortia. In collaboration with the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research (CCIR) housed in the Children’s National Research Institute (CNRI), we have developed a robust cell therapy program that offers first-in-human T-cell therapies for leukemia, lymphoma, solid tumors, brain tumors, and viruses associated with cancer and immunodeficiencies.
Children’s National Research Institute (CNRI)
The CNRI is the research and training arm of Children’s National. There are more than 450 scientists, trainees, and staff members in CNRI. The NIH grant portfolio has grown from $6 million in 1998 to more than $54 million in 2020; the total grant portfolio increased from $12 million to $75 million during this period. Children’s National currently ranks number 7 in NIH funding among children’s hospitals and is in the top 10 among the combined 135 children’s hospitals and university departments of pediatrics. At its inauguration in 1990, CNRI occupied 40,000 square feet of laboratory space on an interstitial floor (3.5) of the hospital. In 1995, a new fifth floor of research laboratories was constructed, containing an additional 40,000 square feet. In 2010, construction was completed on the sixth floor, adding approximately 50,000 square feet of additional research laboratory space. In 2016, Children's National accepted the transfer of nearly 12 acres of land from the U.S. Army, the historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center, located in Northwest Washington, DC. With its proximity to the NIH, FDA, leading universities, and other biomedical institutions, the new Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus (CNRIC) represents an outstanding location to pursue innovative work and create a world-class research hub. Only three miles from Children’s National, it will more than double the footprint of Children’s National in the District and includes 348,000 sq. ft. of laboratory research space, a 31,000 sq. ft. facility that will be used for outpatient clinical research, and a conference center and auditorium for meetings and lectures. CNRI is organized into five programmatic centers: Center for Cancer and Immunology Research, Center for Genetic Medicine Research, Center for Neuroscience Research, Center for Translational Science, and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Members of the Division of Oncology have appointments in the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research (CCIR); this close partnership enables the conduct of innovative bench-to-bedside research studies.
The George Washington University (GWU)
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was established in 1821 in the heart of the nation’s capital and affords students and faculty alike the benefits of both geographic proximity and deep connections to Washington, DC-based governmental and non-governmental organizations. The SMHS is home to many research centers and institutes, each providing cutting-edge investigations into specific areas of medicine and biomedical sciences. The SMHS hosts several research and clinical centers and institutes, including the Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Cancer Research Institute, the GW Cancer Center (GWCC), the McCormick Genomic and Proteomic Center, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine (MITM), the Department of Genomics and Precision Medicine and the Institute for Biomedical Sciences. The GWCC was established in 2015 as an umbrella organization for all cancer related activities at GWU and consists of a basic science laboratory component and a clinical component. Children’s National serves as the Department of Pediatrics for GWU and the Children’s National faculty have academic appointments at GWU and access to university resources.