Doctors and Researchers

Kids Without Cancer works with the incredible doctors and researchers at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University who have dedicated their lives to diagnosing, treating and curing pediatric cancer.  We feel incredibly fortunate to have such a close working relationship with these talented scientists.

Yaddanapudi Ravindranath
Georgie Ginopolis Chair for Pediatric Cancer and Hematology
Professor, Pediatrics
Wayne State University
Education and training:
  • Gandhi Medical College, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, MBBS, 1964
  • Children’s Hospital, Pittsburg, PA, Residency in Pediatrics, 1969
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology, 1971
Certifications:
  • American Board of Pediatrics, 1971
  • Sub-Board of Hematology/Oncology, 1974
Clinical interests:
  • Leukemia
  • Bone Tumors
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Hemolytic Anemias
Research interests:
  • Leukemia
  • Red Cell Disorders
  • Vitamin B-12 and Folic Acid Metabolism
  • Drug Resistance in Cancer

Jeffrey W. Taub, MD, FAAP
Division Chief, Oncology
Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program
Professor, Pediatrics
Wayne State University

Education and training:
  • University of Western Ontario, MD, 1987
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Residency in Pediatrics, 1990
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 1994 
Certifications:
  • American Board of Pediatrics, 1991, 1998
  • Sub-Board of Hematology/Oncology, 1994
  • Recertified 2001, 2008

Clinical interests:

  • Childhood Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Down Syndrome in Children with Leukemia
  • Lymphoma and Retinoblastoma
  • Late Effects of Cancer Treatment

Research interests:

  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Pharmacology of Childhood Leukemia

Kanta J. Bhambhani
Co-Director, Neuro-Oncology Program
Director, Lead Poisoning Clinic
Professor, Pediatrics
Wayne State University

Education and training:
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College, University of Delhi, India, MBBS, 1969
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Residency in Pediatrics, 1974
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 1977
Certifications:
  • American Board of Pediatrics, 1976
  • Sub-Board of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Clinical interests:
  • Pediatric Hematologic Diseases
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Brain Tumors in Children
  • Lead Poisoning in Children
Research interests:
  • Late Effects of Treatment of Survivors of Childhood Tumors
  • Late Effects of Brain Tumors
  • Lead Poisoning in Children

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics Wayne State UniversitySureyya Savasan, MD

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Wayne State University

 

 

 

Education and training: 
  • Hacettapu University, Ankarra, Turkey, MD, 1984  
  • Istanbul University, Residency in Pediatrics, 1993
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Residency in Pediatrics, 1996 
Certifications:
  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • Sub-Board of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Clinical interests:
  • Bone Marrow
  • Transplantation
  • Autoimmune Blood Disorders  
Research interests:
  • Role of Apoptosis in Leukemia
  • Free Radical Metabolism in Leukemia
  • Endothelial Cell Biology
  • Immune Regulation in Autoimmune Diseases


Larry H. Matherly, Ph.D.
Professor

Department of Pharmacology
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Karmanos Cancer Institute

Research Interests: Basic biology of membrane transporters; drug discovery; translational studies and chemotherapy response and resistance; biology and therapeutic applications of folates and related analogs.

 

Yubin Ge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Karmanos Cancer Institute
and the Wayne State University
School of Medicine’s
Department of Pediatrics. 

 

 

 

Research Interests:

  • Leukemia biology and leukemogenesis
  • Combination therapies
  • Translational studies

Research Description:
Research in the Ge laboratory spans the basic biology and development of acute leukemia in children, to combinational therapies and translational studies with primary patient specimens. Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer and cancer is the leading cause of death from disease of American children. Hence, improving leukemia therapy is of utmost importance in pediatric health.

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