Pediatric Hematology/Oncology : Clinical Services

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program

The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program is led by the only Pediatric Oncologist certified in Neuro-Oncology in the state of Florida, Antonello Podda, M.D., and is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of professionals who deliver the necessary, comprehensive care to children affected by brain and spinal cord tumors. Using the most sophisticated of imaging techniques including MR spectroscopy and PET-CT as well as the most advanced radiation therapy methodologies like IMRT and gamma knife, the multi-specialty team delivers complex care covering all aspects from diagnosis and multimodal therapy to physical and neuro-cognitive rehabilitation.

Care for children with brain and spinal cord tumors is further enhanced by pediatric rehabilitation medicine with inpatient and outpatient facilities, audiologists and speech therapists, child neuro-psychologists, social workers, teachers and child life specialists. The children are followed from the day of diagnosis and therapy through the time of reentry to school and society, to early adulthood for long-term surveillance.