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Scientific Advisory Board

Our ALSF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) comprises esteemed pediatric oncology faculty from institutions across the US and Canada. Their careers are dedicated to changing the lives of children with cancer, and as members of the SAB, they ensure that we fund the best research projects and that ultimately our grant program areas are as impactful as possible.

The SAB oversees the ALSF grant review process, helps to set scientific priorities and policies, and guides the development of new research program areas. They continually support ALSF in myriad other ways, helping to bring Alex’s story to others, moving us one step closer to better treatments and cures for children with cancer.

Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

Garrett M. Brodeur, MD

Associate Director, Abramson Cancer Center Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania/Perelman School of Medicine. Co-Director, Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Audrey E. Evans Chair in Molecular Oncology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Steven DuBois, MD MS

Steven DuBois, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. Director, Experimental Therapeutics, Dana-Farber / Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

Nada Jabado, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McGill University.

Stephen L. Lessnick, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics, and Elizabeth M. & Richard M. Ross Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research. Director, Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

John M. Maris, MD

Giulio D'Angio Endowed Professor of Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania/Perelman School of Medicine.


Katherine K. Matthay, MD

Director Pediatric Oncology, Professor of Pediatrics, Mildred V. Strouss Endowed Chair in Translational Research in Pediatric Oncology at UCSF School of Medicine.

Michelle Monje MD PhD

Michelle Monje, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology, Stanford University.

Maureen M. O’Brien, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati and Medical Director of the Leukemia/Lymphoma Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Donald W. (Will) Parsons, MD, PhD

Co-Director Neuro-Oncology Program, Director Pediatric Center for Personal Cancer Genomics & Therapeutics at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine.

Robert J. Arceci, MD, PhD -- Advisor and Founding Member, Scientific Advisory Board

Bob was integral to our grants program from its inception in 2005 onward. As the Division Chief, Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Ron Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine At Phoenix Children’s Hospital, he made countless contributions to help children with cancer and transform the pediatric cancer landscape. We will always remember Bob's brilliance, compassion and authority, his great laugh and his incomparable sense of humor. He is greatly missed.

Epidemiology and Quality of Life and Care Advisory Board

Tina Baggott

University of California San Francisco

Wendy Hobbie

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Marilyn Hockenberry

Duke University School of Nursing

Matthew Hocking

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Mary Jo Kupst

Medical College of Wisconsin

Philip Lupo

Baylor College of Medicine

Ki Moore

University of Arizona

Sue Ogle

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Sheila Santacroce

University of North Carolina

Ellen Tracy

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia