Pediatric Blood Disorders Doctors & Experts


Our multidisciplinary Pediatric Blood Disorders team provides comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and young adults diagnosed with many types of noncancerous blood disorders. Our pediatric physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other specialists work as a team to maximize your child’s supportive care, treatment, and chance of a cure. Our patients see the same team of healthcare professionals during their entire treatment and follow-up process. This integrated care is personalized to each child’s and family’s needs.

As active members of the treatment team, nurse practitioners and nurses play an essential role in caring for children and young adults. Nurses bring great knowledge, experience, and expertise to patient care, and will help you and your child through your inpatient or outpatient experience at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Our social workers also stay in close contact with families to meet any practical and psychosocial needs. Social workers provide counseling, information, and assistance throughout the course of treatment, and can direct you to additional resources. In addition, our child life specialists, teachers, patient and program coordinators, and session and physician-office assistants work together to help your child and family in the hospital and at home during treatment periods.

Find more information about our experts below. To make an appointment, please call the Department of Pediatrics at 833-MSK-KIDS.

Team Leader
Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric hematologic oncologist Jaap-Jan Boelens
Jaap-Jan Boelens

Chief, Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies Service; Richard J. O’Reilly Chair in Honor of Kevin Zoltan Merszei

Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, and Immunology
Farid Boulad, MD
Farid Boulad

Medical Director, Pediatric Day Hospital

Nancy A. Kernan, MD
Nancy A. Kernan

Assistant Chief, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Service

Kevin J. Curran, MD
Kevin J. Curran
Andromachi (Machi) Scaradavou, MD
Andromachi (Machi) Scaradavou
Pictured: Susan Prockop
Susan E. Prockop
MSK pediatric oncologist Maria Cancio
Maria Cancio
Rachel Kobos, MD
Rachel Kobos
Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric oncologist Andrew Kung
Andrew Kung

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Richard J. O'Reilly, MD -- Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Chief, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Service; Claire L. Tow Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research
Richard J. O'Reilly

Claire L. Tow Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research

Barbara (Gila) Spitzer, MD
Barbara (Gila) Spitzer
Gene Therapy
Pictured: Michel Sadelain
Michel Sadelain

Director, Center for Cell Engineering; Stephen and Barbara Friedman Chair

Isabelle Rivière
Isabelle Rivière

Director, Cell Therapy and Cell Engineering Facility

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Julia A. Kearney, MD
Julia A. Kearney
Memorial Sloan Kettering Neuropsychologist & Child Psychologist Stephen Sands
Stephen A. Sands

Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology

Nurse Practitioners
Joanne Castanza, PNP
Joanne Castanza
Julie Ruggiero
Julie Ruggiero
Jennifer Allen, MSN, RN, CPNP, CPHON
Jennifer Allen

Nurse Practitioner

Debbie Diotallevi
Debbie Diotallevi
Pictured: Mariel Marrano
Mariel Marrano

Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Martino
Lauren Martino

Nurse Practitioner

Pictured: Elaine Pottenger
Elaine Pottenger
Emily Sarro, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CPHON
Emily Sarro

Nurse Practitioner

Josephine See
Josephine See

Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Zakak
Nicole Zakak
Social Work
Long-Term Follow-Up
Danielle Novetsky Friedman, MD
Danielle Novetsky Friedman
Charles A. Sklar, MD -- Director, Long-Term Follow-Up Program
Charles A. Sklar

Director, Long-Term Follow-Up Program