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Section Chief, Leukemia and Lymphoma Program

Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix, Arizona
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May 22, 2022

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The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) is seeking a pediatric hematologist/oncologist to serve as Section Chief for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Program in Phoenix, Arizona.

We are looking for an experienced, transformational physician or physician-scientist to lead and further expand one of the largest pediatric leukemia and lymphoma programs in the Southwest. Expert care by the section is also provided for patients with histiocytic disorders and bone marrow failure syndromes. A close working relationship and physician liaison exists with our BMT and Cell Therapy program to provide services for patients requiring life-saving hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cellular therapies, such as CAR-T cell treatment. The incoming section chief will leverage extraordinary clinical and research opportunities in collaboration with our two academic and clinical partners, the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Mayo Clinic Arizona.


The pediatric leukemia/lymphoma program at PCH is one of the largest pediatric programs of its kind in the Southwestern US. The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders sees on average over 370 new oncology patients per year, of which more than 140 are patients with leukemias or lymphomas, which resulted in more than 9000 leukemia/lymphoma patient visits in 2021. The leukemia/lymphoma team is supported by one of the largest FACT-accredited BMT and cell therapy programs in the region, offering autologous, related, and unrelated allogeneic donor transplants. The BMT/Cell therapy program administers more than minimally manipulated cell therapies, including haploidentical stem cell transplants and CAR-T cell treatments.

CCBD is an active member of COG, POETIC, TACL, Histiocyte Society and NACHO, offering consortia trials, phase I and II industry-sponsored studies and investigator-initiated trials.

This position is an opportunity to lead and further advance one of the largest pediatric leukemia and lymphoma programs in the Southwestern US. The Phoenix Metropolitan area remains one of the fastest expanding regions in the United States with a steady population growth.

Position Summary:

The successful candidate will have several years of focused experience in the clinical care for pediatric leukemia/lymphoma patients, be nationally recognized as a leader in this field, and ideally have an active bench-to-bedside research program with a track record of obtaining external funding.

Through the academic partnership with the University of Arizona-College of Medicine Phoenix, researchers have access to state-of-the art laboratory facilities and the wider Phoenix Biomedical Campus (including Arizona State University and TGen, a City of Hope Affiliate and Mayo Clinic Arizona).

The incoming section chief will be a member of the Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona-College of Medicine Phoenix as well as Mayo Clinic Arizona, at the academic rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

Responsibilities include oversight for the clinical, research, educational and quality programs of the section, shared inpatient responsibilities on the leukemia/lymphoma service, and development of a clinical-translational and/or laboratory research program in a field relevant to leukemia/lymphoma, histiocytic disorders or bone marrow failure.   Teaching responsibilities may include medical students from the University of Arizona, Mayo Medical School, Creighton University School of Medicine, as well as Phoenix Children’s residents and fellows. 

Qualified candidates should have a strong interest in mentoring and program development, be academically productive, and must be board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, subspecialty Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

About Our Program:

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital sees on average over 370 new oncology patients per year and has additional active clinical and laboratory research programs in oncology, neuro-oncology, survivorship, hemophilia, and phase I/phase II investigational drug development.

Our ACGME approved fellowship program in pediatric hematology/oncology is approved for 3 fellows/year and has affiliations with the Mayo Clinic, the Arizona Cancer Center, and the University of Arizona.

CCBD is a designated Center of Excellence at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, with two satellite locations, 24 attending physicians, 9 fellows, 15 advanced practice providers and large dedicated support staff including social workers, nutritionists, child life specialists, psychologist and mental health therapists.

PCH is one of the largest free-standing pediatric hospitals in the nation with 457 licensed beds. We are a comprehensive tertiary and quaternary care center that also serves as a primary pediatric teaching facility for medical students from the University of Arizona and Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. We offer X-number of ACGME-accredited residency programs and subspecialty fellowships.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is an equal opportunity employer offering competitive salary and benefits in a setting supportive of individual and professional growth.  Academic appointments are through Mayo Clinic Arizona, and the University of Arizona-College of Medicine, Phoenix.

Community Information:

The Greater Phoenix Area is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, with the desirable combination of a strong economy, low cost of living, and high quality of life.  Phoenix has the most land dedicated to parks and preserves of any other major city in the nation. Due to its natural environment and climate, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy walking, running, hiking, biking, golfing or other outdoor activities year-round. In addition, Phoenix offers outstanding theater, museum, shopping, dining, and top-ranked public and private and charter schooling options.

How to Initiate an Application:

Candidates are kindly asked to submit a CV and cover letter to both:

Mario Otto, MD, PhD, Director of the Center of Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders and Doris S. Norton Endowed Chair, Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and BMT ( Letters of reference may be requested.

Raye Jean Becker                                        

Physician Talent Acquisition Partner

Phoenix Children's Hospital  

0 (602)933-1101 C (319)290-2906




Phoenix Children's Hospital has provided hope, healing, and the best healthcare for children since it was born in 1983, and has grown to become one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. With a Medical Staff of nearly 1,000 pediatric specialists, Phoenix Children’s provides inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care across more than 70 pediatric subspecialties, the most comprehensive pediatric care available in the state. The Hospital’s six Centers of Excellence have grown in size and expertise to place them on par with some of the most prestigious of their kind in the US: •Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital •Phoenix Children’s Heart Center •Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics •Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders •Level One Pediatric Trauma Center •Neonatal Intensive Care To meet the needs of our growing community, Phoenix Children's continues to expand, adding new physicians, staff, programs and facilities. Specialty and urgent care centers in high growth areas of the Valley and across the state serve the needs of patients and families in their own neighborhoods. Today, the most visible evidence of growth is a new 11-story tower on the Hospital’s main campus, which offers a comprehensive, family-centered hospital that allows our doctors and nurses to deliver expert care and healing to our community’s youngest patients. At each location, in each doctor, nurse, technician, staff member and volunteer, you’ll see the difference in a Hospital that’s 100% for children

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