Pediatric Cancer & Blood Disorders

Louisville Pediatric Care

To make an appointment with UofL Physicians - Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders, call 502-588-3600. After hours (after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends), please call Norton Children's Hospital at 502-629-6000.

The UofL Physicians - Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders and Stem Cell Transplant programs have been rated among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report — the  Addison Jo Blair Cancer Center at Norton Children’s Hospital was ranked 21st in pediatric cancer care on its 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list.

There, we provide our patients the latest state-of-the-art therapies, using treatment protocols sponsored by the National Cancer Institute from the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and other institutions. We’ve made great strides against childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, with over 95 percent of patients attaining remission and 90 percent remaining free of leukemia five years from diagnosis.


Our center has the state’s only pediatric neuro-oncology multidisciplinary program. This program provides specialized care of children with brain tumors, through a team in attendance at each clinic that includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-oncologists, a radiation oncologist and neuroradiologist.

Holistic Medicine

Our team of physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, behaviorists and art, music and massage therapists work together to assure that our patients and their families are supported and nurtured. We have a holistic approach to attend to the emotional and psychosocial needs created by the physical demands of treatment and long term survival.

Stem Cell Transplant

Our doctors also lead the region’s only blood and marrow transplant program specifically for children. The Norton Children’s Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Program is a member of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium, the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network and the Children's Oncology Group. State of the art stem cell transplants are performed on a routine basis. Phase I/II studies are being developed to harness the immunosystem’s own cells to be activated against the patient’s own tumor.


We provide the state’s only program for modulating effects of graft versus host disease (GVHD). Photopheresis can be used in heart, renal, lung and bone marrow GHVD. Our clinic has published its first use regarding pediatric Crohn’s Disease.

Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic

This clinic offers access to neuroradiology, social services, genetic counseling, pain management and medical home centered care.

Hemophilia Treatment Center

Our center provides access to a full team of MD and NP coagspecialists, social services, or orthopedic and genetic counselors. Learn more about the Hemophilia Treatment Center.

Louisville Pediatric Specialists

We care for children with cancer and blood disorders, including:

  • Childhood cancers
    • Leukemia (a cancer of the blood or bone marrow)
    • Lymphoma (a cancer involving the cells of the immune system)
    • Neuroblastoma (a cancer that develops from nerve tissue)
    • Osteosarcoma (bone tumor)
    • Rhabdomyosarcoma (cancer of connective tissues)
    • Other childhood solid tumors
    • Brain tumors
    • Retinoblastoma (cancer of the retina)
  • Pediatric blood disorders
    • Sickle cell anemia (a disease that affects red blood cells)
    • Hemophilia (a rare bleeding disorder in which the blood doesn’t clot)
    • Anemia
    • Aplastic anemia (a disease of the bone marrow)
    • Thalassemia
  • Lead poisoning


Commons signs that a child might have cancer:

  • Extreme exhaustion
  • Swelling or lumps, especially in the abdomen or neck
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Problems with walking or balance
  • Frequent infections
  • Unusual bleeding

Louisville MRI

We conduct comprehensive clinics for children and young adults with cancer, hemophilia and sickle cell disease. Multidisciplinary clinics are available for brain tumor patients and for young women with adolescent and bleeding disorders.

The UofL Physicians - Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders, and Stem Cell Transplant practices are affiliated with The Children's Oncology Group, the National Cancer Institute and the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. This includes chemotherapy for all types of pediatric cancers, as well as supportive care for chemotherapy and blood disorders, including blood transfusions, red blood cell exchanges and peripheral stem cell pheresis.

Our team at Norton Children's Hospital provides the region’s only bone marrow and stem cell transplant program specifically for children. We perform auto, allo, matched unrelated and cord blood transplants and collect/store cord blood for future transplantation.

Our Apheresis Program for high-risk sickle cell children is one of the largest in the country. Our hospital is a test site for new pheresis experiment.

We provide chelation for lead poisoning and access to a hyperbaric chamber. As a Hemophilia Treatment Center, we provide comprehensive care for all bleeding disorders.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

After hours (after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends), please call Norton Children's Hospital at 502-629-6000.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Offices and Clinics

  • UofL Physicians Novak Center for Children's Health
    411 E. Chestnut Street
    4th Level, Check-in
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
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Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000