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Children's Hospital, New Orleans

(504) 896-9740
Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Children's Hospital, Main Campus
Children's Hospital Outpatient Center of Baton Rouge
Lolie Yu, MD, Director
Laurie Finger, NP
Lisa Daigle, APRN, MSN, CPNP

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care with a multidisciplinary team approach. The program is a part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) approved LSUHSC/Children's Hospital Minority CCOP, and is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) - a nationwide Children’s Cancer Study Group. The Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) program is recognized by COG and the National Marrow Donor program is affiliated with the CIBMTR and Pediatric Blood Marrow Transplant Consortium.

Pediatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, pathology, radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, and other pediatric subspecialists and laboratory facilities for studies of genetic disorders, bleeding disorders, and hemoglobinopathy are all available. Radiation oncologists (from Touro Infirmary) work closely with our team.

Management expertise includes, but is not limited to:
Brain tumor
Wilms tumor
Sickle cell anemia
Bleeding disorders
Hematopoietic stem cell transplant
In 1989, Children’s Hospital was approved as a Pediatric Hospital Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons. Our program is affiliated with the Louisiana State University’s Minority Community Clinical Oncology Program (MCCOP), which is accredited by the National Cancer Institute. Children’s Hospital is also a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a national study group of premier research institutes in the United States and Canada. Our hospital has the only approved COG hematopoietic stem cell transplant program in Louisiana.
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is also a teaching facility for medical students, nursing students and those completing graduate and postgraduate training. Our program has the only approved, dedicated hematology/oncology fellowship training in the state of Louisiana. This program is part of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) Department of Pediatrics and the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center of LSUHSC.
Our pediatric experts realize that caring for children with malignancies and blood disorders commands a delicate balance of medical care and emotional support. Members of the multidisciplinary team include are child psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, hematology/oncology nurse coordinators, pharmacists, dieticians, laboratory technologists, physical,occupational, speech and hearing, music, recreation and child life therapists.
Though patient care is our primary focus, Children’s Hospital is an active participant in clinical and basic research of childhood cancers and blood disorders. Our physicians have access to the most modern therapies for treatment of malignancies and blood disorders in children.

Lolie C. Yu, MD, Division Chief
Director, Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Children’s Hospital/LSUMC
Professor of Pediatrics, LSU Health Sciences Center
LSU CCOP/Children's Oncology Group (COG) Principal Investigator

Professional School:
University of Santo Tomas
University of Texas

Specialty Training:
LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Fred Hutchinson's Cancer Center, Seattle, WA
Masters in Public Health

Special Interests:
Stem cell transplant, CD34 Stem Cell, Cord Blood, Veno-occlusive Disease, Nutrition and cancer, Neuroblastoma, Dendritic Cells

Renee V. Gardner, MD
Director, Sickle Cell Clinics
Professor of Pediatrics, LSU Health Sciences Center
Professional School:
Harvard Medical School

Specialty Training:
SUNY/Buffalo, Jackson Laboratory, NIDDK

Special Interests:
Sickle cell anemia, Leukemia/lymphoma, Late effects in cancer survivors
In Area Since: 1993
In Practice Since: 1975

Jaime Morales, MD
Pediatric oncologist, Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, LSU Health Sciences Center
Professional School:
Autonomous University of Guadalajare

Specialty School:
Monmouth Medical Center, Longbranch, NJ
University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL

Special Interests:
Solid tumors; Hemophilia
In Area Since: 2008
In Practice Since: 2000

Cori Morrison, MD
Pediatric oncologist, Children's Hospital
Professional School:
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Specialty Training:
LSU Health Sciences Center, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology

Maria C. Velez, MD
Pediatric oncologist, Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program Director, LSU Health Sciences Center

Professional School:
University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine and Health Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Specialty Training:
Pediatric University Hospital, University of Puerto Rico SoM affiliated, San Juan, Puerto Rico National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Special Interests:
Pediatric brain tumors, leukemias, thrombocytopenias, anemias
In Area Since: 1995
In Practice Since: 1995
Pinki K. Prasad, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist
Director, Late Effects Center

Professional School:
University of Saint Eustasius School of Medicine, Netherlands

Specialty Training:
Pediactric Hematology/Oncology - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Master's in Public Health - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Pediatrics - Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Special Interests:
Late effects; survivorship

In Area Since: 2009
In Practice Since: 2009

Laurie S. Finger, NP

Professional School:
University of South Alabama

Lisa Daigle, APRN, MSN, CPNP

Professional School:
LSUMC School of Nursing
University of South Alabama