Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric oncologist Maria Luisa Sulis

Maria Luisa Sulis, MD, MS

Pediatric Oncologist

Titles

Acting Chief, Hematologic Malignancies Service

Clinical Expertise

Pediatric Acute and Chronic Leukemias; Pediatric Lymphoma; Histiocytosis; Precision Medicine in Pediatric Oncology

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About Me

Education

MD, University of Cagliari, Italy

Residencies

Pediatrics - St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center, New York Medical College

Fellowships

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology - NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

Pediatrics; Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

As a pediatric oncologist, I am privileged to care for children with blood cancer. Most children with blood cancer today are cured. This is the result of decades of collaborative work among pediatric oncologists around the world. However, the cure rate for children whose disease doesn’t respond to conventional therapy is still unsatisfactory. I believe that the same approach that has proven successful for children with a newly diagnosed disease will improve the cure rates for children with cancer that has come back. 

At MSK, we are committed to giving all children comprehensive care. We apply the knowledge and expertise that we get from large well-designed clinical trials in the US and abroad. We form a deep and thorough understanding of each child we care for and their disease. We tailor each child’s therapy, predict the risk of the cancer coming back, and counsel families about their inherited risk of developing cancer. We achieve all this by leading and contributing to clinical trials and by offering the most-advanced technologies and expert interpretation of genomic studies that apply to each disease.  

My research focuses on studying the molecular changes that drive the development of acute leukemia and its response to therapy. My goal is to use these discoveries to improve treatments and prevent the disease from coming back. I work closely with basic scientists to study the most difficult leukemias. We want to understand what makes these diseases sensitive or resistant to therapy. Similarly, I am very involved in the development of clinical trials for children with acute myeloid leukemia and T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This work is done through the Children’s Oncology Group as well as other cooperative groups.

Our team adapts our care approach to each child and their family so that a difficult and frightening experience is as bearable as possible. At the end of the day, we are successful only if every patient and family feel that they have received the care they need.

Patients and their loved ones often have many questions about their diagnosis. They are concerned about what to expect. While we can’t always provide a definitive answer to each question, it’s important to reassure families of our commitment to delivering the most comprehensive care for their children. My goal is that my patients and their families know that they are not alone. An entire team of doctors, nurses, researchers, psychologists, social workers, and child life specialists is working together to cure their child and support them while they go through therapy and beyond.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling. I love to learn about the history, culture, and daily lives of people in different areas of the world.

My goal is that my patients and their families know that they are not alone.

Dr. Sulis

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Clinical Trials

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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

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