On Cancer: Meet the Retinoblastoma Team

By Memorial Sloan Kettering  |  Thursday, July 12, 2012

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, an experienced team of physicians, nurses, and support staff care for children with the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma and their families.

Led by Chief of the Ophthalmic Oncology Service David H. Abramson, our ophthalmic oncologists, pediatric oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, social workers, and child life specialists collaborate throughout every step of the treatment journey, from welcoming children and families to the clinic, to providing age-appropriate activities for children in the waiting room, to performing eye exams under anesthesia, to delivering targeted treatments to the eye.

Families like the Yackeys, who come to New York from California, receive care from a team devoted to curing the disease.


Have supported research at MSKCC for 21 years, running NYC Marathon-member of Fred's Team. I never imagined how donating to Pediatric cancer research @ MSKCC would become, hopefully, life saving to a little toddler very dear to us. It is with much faith, hope and prayers that he -coming from New Mexico for very specialized treatments- will be given the chance to survive and live a happy childhood full of fun and laughter and a chance to dream of what he wants to be when he grows up. Thanks for the great work!

Blessed to say my son Luke now 6 years old, diagnosed at 5 weeks old with Uni-Rb and confirmed on November 21 with Bi-Rb by Dr. Abramson. He is hands down the best doctor in the world to treat Rb. He treated my husband 38 years ago under the late Dr. Ellsworth at Columbia Presbyterian.

By far the best group of Doctors ever! Dr. A. Saved my daughters life 10 years ago, when she was diagnosed with Bilateral RB! We Love Dr. A and Dr. Marr!!

Dr. Abramson and the entire team is responsible for not only saving our sons eye and vision, but his LIFE! We started traveling every 4 weeks from Spokane, WA to NYC for Colton's unilateral RB when he was 6 months old. He is now 3 yrs old and it has always been well worth the travel and expense to cross the country for each exam rather than being seen closer to home! The team here not only used cutting edge treatments to save Colton's life, they quickly became family! We love each of them and I know they love our son! We are so thankful to have found them, they truly are THE BEST IN THE WORLD!!!!!

Dr Abramson and staff are really angels, sent from above!! My daughter, Karli was a late diagnosis of rb at age 3. Dr A was able to save her eyes and we maintained a very normal life in the process. It was the answer to our prayers. Karli is thriving, eweactive in school and sports and we are so very thankful to Dr A and staff for that!!!

I absolutely love this team. Dr. Abramson was able to give us hope when no one would. If your child has retinoblastoma, go listen to what he has to say.

I miss Dr. Abramson. Hes been my dr from when I was a baby with Dr. elseworth. They have saved my right eye from the cancer. I wouldnt go to no one else.

My two month old daughter has been detected of calcification in ct scan in left eye with this retinoblastoma and can it be treated with chemotherapy only

Bhupendra, we are unable to answer personal medical questions on our blog. If you would like to make an appointment with a specialist in our Department of Pediatrics, you can call 212-639-5954 or go to for more information. Thank you for your comment.

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