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The Jack Martin Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
The Jack Martin Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology consists of a multi-disciplinary team including pediatric oncologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and child life specialists in close collaboration with our psychology, pediatric surgery, orthopedic oncology, pediatric radiation oncology, pediatric pathology, and pediatric radiology teams. Our physicians are board-certified in pediatric hematology and oncology. Several faculty members of the division are actively performing and leading research efforts in bone marrow transplantation, cellular therapy, lymphoma, and Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, among others. The Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium, and the North American Consortium of Histiocytic Disorders.
Our Approach to Care
We are dedicated to providing family-centered care to all of our pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients. Through the efforts of our experienced, child-focused staff we aim to achieve one simple goal: to cure pediatric cancers and to provide effective, life-sustaining treatment for children with blood diseases to allow children to grow up strong and reach their dreams in life.
We pride ourselves in our ability to provide exemplary medical care according to the newest and most advanced standards while maintaining a very caring, human touch that comes from taking the time to get to know each of our young patients and take an individualized approach to their specific needs. Due to the size and breadth of the Pediatric program at the Kravis Children’s Hospital and Mount Sinai, we are able to offer our patients multidisciplinary interconnected care with multiple specialists. This means that the pediatric hematology/oncology team caring for your child will collaborate with other Mount Sinai physicians such as pediatric surgeons, oncology orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, rehabilitation specialists, pediatric radiation oncologists, and other necessary subspecialists such as pediatric nephrology, cardiology and/or pulmonology, to develop treatment plans and strategies for ongoing care when necessary. An alliance in Pediatrics between Mount Sinai and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), has been designed to give children in the New York metropolitan area access to an even larger and unprecedented scope of pediatric services including access to the newest treatments and expertise in pediatric oncology. Services in pediatric oncology are available at the main campus and will be expanded to select additional Mount Sinai locations in the near future.
In addition, the Mount Sinai Health System has outstanding pathology, radiology, and radiation oncology departments. This gives children access to the most sophisticated radiological studies while limiting their radiation exposure including PET and CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds under sedation if needed for young patients. Our Radiation oncologists take great care to spare normal tissue from the effects of radiation if radiation is needed as part of therapy including using proton beam and intensity modulated radiation therapy. The Pathology department, in collaboration with our outstanding genetic and genomics cores, offer access to the newest molecular tests including tumor sequencing. We assist all patients in setting up these appointments and are in constant communication with our families.
Your First Visit to the Blau Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders
The Blau Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disease at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai is a newly renovated space, designed specifically to enable our physicians and staff to provide extraordinary family-centered medical care to children diagnosed with cancer and blood diseases and offer patients a warm and welcoming medical home.
From the moment you arrive to our practice you can be confident that you are in good hands. Most patients come to our practice at the request of their primary care physician. Our physicians often request medical records or test results from your physician prior to your visit to be able to prepare for your visit. During your child’s visit you can expect to be registered at the front desk like at any other doctor’s office – don’t forget to bring your insurance card, your child’s social security number, and any other important medical documents. A member of our nursing staff will check your child’s vital signs and may draw a sample of your child’s blood from a vein in the arm if further testing is indicated. Blood tests in our clinic do not require fasting beforehand unless the doctor or nurse specifically tells you so. If you or your child feels anxious about having blood drawn, please do share this with a member of our staff. We have child life specialists on hand that can assist in preparing for the needle stick and assist in making the child feel more comfortable. Some patients are more at ease and find the needle stick easier to cope with after the area near the vein has been slightly anesthetized. For this our nurses always keep at close hand a special type of cream that can help numb the area.
Our physicians see patients like in any other doctor’s office. If a longer review of lab results or discussion of potential diagnosis and treatment plan is necessary with the parents our childlife specialists are available to play with your child. After your child is seen by the physician, you will be given instructions as to how to follow-up and what to do next.
Are Services Covered by Insurance?
The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology practice accepts most forms of commercial insurances and Medicaid managed care plans. Our patient coordinators and social workers are very skilled and experienced in working with insurances and obtaining authorizations to avoid unnecessary bills. Co-payments are collected at the time of visit. In addition, the social work team is very knowledgeable about support programs that provide various forms of assistance. We help all patients and families in getting the care and support they need. If you have specific concerns, do not hesitate to call us at 212-241-7022.