Ira J. Dunkel, MD

Ira J. Dunkel, MD

I am a pediatric oncologist who specializes in the care of children, teenagers, and young adults with brain and eye tumors, including medulloblastoma (the most common malignant brain tumor in children) and retinoblastoma (a rare eye tumor in children). I also treat children and teenagers with melanoma, and children and adults with a rare white blood cell disorder called Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

In my clinical research, my colleagues and I are seeking to develop more-effective therapies with fewer and less-severe side effects. For example, we are exploring a new treatment regimen for patients with medulloblastoma that is intended to reduce side effects by limiting the amount of radiation given to areas of the brain without cancer.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Brain Tumors; Retinoblastoma

Languages Spoken

MD, Duke University School of Medicine


Duke University Medical Center


Duke University; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

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