Solid Tumor Team

The Solid Tumor Team at Texas Children's Cancer Center and Hematology Service is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of experts who collaborate in the care of each patient and the development and execution of cutting-edge clinical trials to improve outcomes for these patients. The team provides state-of-the-art clinical care for children with tumors of the bone, soft tissue, abdomen and other areas.

Investigators from the Solid Tumor Team play major leadership roles at the national level through participation in the solid tumor clinical research efforts of the National Cancer Institute-sponsored Children's Oncology Group. Among the many clinical trials underway at Texas Children's Cancer Center are those exploring the use of:

  • Gene therapy for retinoblastoma, a tumor of the eye, using an adenovirus to deliver a gene that conveys tumor sensitivity to ganciclovir, a common antiviral medication
  • Risk-based therapy for children and young adults with osteosarcoma, the most common bone tumor in children
  • New strategies for the treatment of neuroblastoma.

The Solid Tumor Team also has extensive expertise in the treatment of rare tumors, such as hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma (liver tumors), germ cell tumors (tumors of the reproductive organs), sarcomas of the soft tissues and may other cancers.



Alberto S. Pappo, M.D. - Head

Murali Chintagumpala, M.D.
Rachel Egler, M.D.
Lindsay B. Kilburn, M.D.
Chrystal U. Louis, M.D., M.P.H.
Fatih Okcu, M.D., M.P.H.
Heidi Russell, M.D.
Jason M. Shohet, M.D., Ph.D.
Lisa Wang, M.D.
Jason Yustein, M.D., Ph.D.

Nurse Practitioners and Nurses

Katie Askenasy, R.N., M.S.N., C.P.N.P.
Belinda Ponder, R.N., C.H.P.N.

Patient Coordinator

Ellen Shohet, R.N.,M.N.
Solid Tumor Team Coordinator
Texas Children's Cancer Center
6621 Fannin St, CC1410.00
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 832-822-1526
Fax: 832-825-1503
Email: [email protected]

Social Workers

Arlene Brown, L.M.S.W.
Aisha Jones , L.M.S.W.

Child Life

Breanna Hopkins, CCLS

Data Managers

Christi Lastik
Debbie Lewicki, M.A., CCRP

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