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Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida:
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program was created in 1997 to meet the growing need for a comprehensive pediatric healthcare facility in Southwest Florida.

Built on a commitment of compassionate care and support, The Children’s Hospital offers specialized inpatient and outpatient medical care for children with cancer and blood disorders. We help families right here in our area maintain as much of their normal daily lives as possible while a child undergoes treatment.

The State of Florida Department of Children’s Medical Services has designated The Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Program as one of just nine centers in the state for infants and children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.

Through the Center’s membership in the Children’s Oncology Group, a cooperative research group supported by the National Cancer Institute, The Children’s Hospital can ensure that patients have access to advanced therapies and the collective expertise of world-renowned specialists.

The Barbara’s Friends Hematology/Oncology Outpatient Center

The Outpatient Center was designed to meet the needs of outpatient therapy in a timely manner. The facility is a child-friendly environment and the staff makes every effort to ensure the visit is a pleasant experience.

The Center includes 2 playrooms and infusion rooms. Anesthesia is provided for all children requiring a painful procedure, such as a bone marrow biopsy or spinal tap. Providing anesthesia decreases anxiety and trauma for all involved.

Chrissy Brown Inpatient Hematology/Oncology Unit

Our inpatient hematology/oncology unit provides a way for children and families coping with extended hospital stays to enjoy most of the comforts of home – along with lifesaving care. The unit, the only one of its kind in Southwest Florida, ensures patients receive treatment in a safe and compassionate environment, specially designed for kids who are battling cancer and blood disorders. In addition to its eight beds, the unit has its own treatment rooms, playroom, fully stocked kitchen, and family lounge.

Child Life Program

The child life specialist provides medical play to teach your child about experiences and medical procedures in the hospital, developmentally appropriate fun activities, and distraction for medical procedures or long days in the clinic. Coordination of school re-entry, special events, and unique opportunities are also incorporated into your child’s care.

Yawkey Children’s Counseling Center

The Yawkey Children's Counseling Center at The Children's Hospital is available to all of our patients and their families. Our full-time pediatric psychologist provides behavioral healthcare and support to chronically ill pediatric patients, their siblings, and their parents. Psychological services are available to families at the time of diagnosis, during treatment, and after treatment has ended. The psychologist also conducts neurocognitive evaluations for the detection of developmental, educational, or neuropsychological effects of illness and medical treatments. Through the Yawkey Center the psychosocial team (including the disciplines of psychology, social work, and child life) works closely with the medical team to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the care of your child.

Emad Salman, MD

Dr. Salman is the medical director of hematology/oncology at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. He earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. Dr. Salman completed his pediatric and fellowship training in hematology/oncology at the University of Florida.

Craig A. MacArthur, MD, PhD

Dr. MacArthur is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. He earned his medical degree and his doctorate in molecular biology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. MacArthur completed his internship and residency in the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He completed his fellowship in hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and his postdoctoral fellowship at the laboratory of Gregory M. Shackleford, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Kim C. Shimoda, PhD

Dr. Shimoda received her doctorate in child clinical and family psychology at the University of Utah. She completed her clinical internship in child clinical and pediatric psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). After her internship she completed fellowship training in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology at MUSC.

Pam K. Wojciki, MS, ARNP

Pam Wojciki is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She coordinates the cancer survivorship program.

The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the most comprehensive facility of its kind in our area and operates under the principle that essential healthcare services should be available to all children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay for such services. Seriously ill children with a range of life-threatening conditions are able to remain right here in our community with family and friends – instead of having to endure the stress and isolation of travel to Tampa or Miami. Children and their families can focus on treatment, not unnecessary hardships.

Established in 1992 to meet the growing and continuing need for comprehensive child healthcare in Southwest Florida, Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is part of the Lee Memorial Health System family. Sharing the legacy of providing top quality healthcare services that dates back to 1916, we are committed to delivering superior care to our youngest of patients, their families and our community.

The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
9981 South HealthPark Drive
Suite 156
Fort Myers, Florida 33908



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