Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

  • Meet the Team

    The Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

    Our divisions are led by the following:

    Oncology: John Perentesis, Director
    Hematology: Russell Ware, Director
    Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology: Yi Zheng, Director
    Bone Marrow Transplantation / Immune Deficiency: Stella Davies, Director

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    Bone Marrow Transplant/Immune Deficiency

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    Stefanie W. Benoit, MD, MPH
    Staff Physician, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

    513-636-4214

    stefanie.benoit@cchmc.org

    Stefanie W. Benoit, MD, MPH

    Staff Physician, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

    Phone: 513-636-4214

    Email: stefanie.benoit@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2010.

    Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Jacob (Jack) J.H. Bleesing, MD, PhD

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4266

    Fax: 513-636-3549

    Email: jack.bleesing@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Immunobiology; translational research; immunologic methods development

    Research Interests

    Clinical investigation of primary immunodeficiency disorders (with emphasis on disorders of immuno dysregulation and B-cell disorders); immuno-reconstitution following blood and marrow transplantation; diagnostic immunology (with emphasis on flow cytometry) 

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1989.

    PhD: University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2002.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1993.

    Fellowship: Allergy/Immunology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, 1995.

    Fellowship: Clinical Laboratory Immunology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 2001.

    Publications

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    Sharat Chandra, MBBS, MD, MRCPCH

    Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4266

    Email: sharat.chandra@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Blood and marrow transplant, malignant and primary immune deficiency disorders.

    Education and Training

    MBBS: Andhra Medical College, University of Health Sciences, Visakhapatnam, India.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, 1998-2001; University Hospitals of Leicester, South Warwickshire Hospitals NHS, United Kingdom, 2003-2006; University of South Alabama, 2006-2009.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2009-2012.

    Certification: MD (Pediatrics), 2001; Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH), 2006; Board Certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, 2009; Board Certified in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology by the American Board of Pediatrics, 2013.

    Publications

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    Christopher E. Dandoy, MD
    Emergency Room Physician, Emergency Department

    513-636-8424

    christopher.dandoy@cchmc.org

    Christopher E. Dandoy, MD

    Emergency Room Physician, Emergency Department

    Clinical Fellow, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

    Phone: 513-636-8424

    Email: christopher.dandoy@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Quality Improvement; pulmonary hypertension after bone marrow transplantation

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Utah, 2007.

    Residency: Miami Children’s Hospital, 2010.

    Chief Residency: Miami Children’s Hospital, 2011.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2010.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology Oncology, 2011-present.

    Publications

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    Pauline A. Daniels, DO
    Staff Physician, Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    513-636-7287

    pauline.daniels@cchmc.org

    Pauline A. Daniels, DO

    Staff Physician, Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    Phone: 513-636-7287

    Email: pauline.daniels@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    DO: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, FL.

    Residency: Pediatrics, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

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    Stella M. Davies, MBBS, PhD, MRCP
    Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    513-636-2469

    stella.davies@cchmc.org

    Stella M. Davies, MBBS, PhD, MRCP

    Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency

    Jacob G. Schmidlapp Endowed Chair

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-2469

    Fax: 513-636-3549

    Email: stella.davies@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Education and Training

    MBBS: University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, 1981.

    Clinical and Fellowship Training: The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle General Hospital and Great Ormond St. Hospital, 1981 to 1985.

    PhD: University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, 1989.

    Pediatric Fellowship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1989 to 1993.

    Publications

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    Laura Diggs, APRN, CFNP
    Nurse Practitioner, Bone Marrow Transplant and Immune Deficiencies

    513-636-6698

    laura.diggs@cchmc.org

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    Laura Diggs, APRN, CFNP

    Nurse Practitioner, Bone Marrow Transplant and Immune Deficiencies

    Phone: 513-636-6698

    Email: laura.diggs@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, 1998

    Javier El-Bietar, MD

    Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2105

    Email: javier.el-bietar@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric bone marrow transplantation

    Biography

    Javier El-Bietar, MD, received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies. He then pursued residency training in general pediatrics at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn New York where he received an Excellence in Research Award. He continued training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX, where he conducted research exploring the in vitro enhancement of antigen specific cytotoxic T cells used in adoptive immunotherapy. He spent an additional clinical training year with Texas Children's Hospital and the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy following the bone marrow transplant fellowship curriculum. After completion, he joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s in the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Immune Deficiency in 2013. His clinical and research interests include exploring new treatment strategies for post-hematopoietic stem cell transplant-associated co-morbidities.

    Education and Training

    MD: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, 2006.

    Residency: Pediatrics, State University of New York, Downstate, Brooklyn, New York, NY.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX.

    Board Certification: Pediatrics, 2009; Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2013.

    Publications

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    Alexandra (Lisa) H. Filipovich, MD
    Ralph J. Stolle Chair, Clinical Immunology

    513-803-3218

    lisa.filipovich@cchmc.org

    Alexandra (Lisa) H. Filipovich, MD

    Ralph J. Stolle Chair, Clinical Immunology

    Director, Immune Deficiency and Histiocytosis Program

    Medical Director, Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-3218

    Fax: 513-803-1969

    Email: lisa.filipovich@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Primary immunodeficiencies; BMT for primary immunodeficiencies; hemophagocytic lymphocytosis; post-BMT immune reconstruction

    Research Interests

    Biology and genetics of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis; investigation of hematopoietic cell transplantation for genetic immunodeficiencies; immunoreconstitution following pediatric stem cell transplantation

    Biography

    Lisa Filipovich, MD, began her career at the University of Minnesota where she received her medical degree in 1974 and completed fellowships in both immunopathology and pediatric immunology. She became a professor of pediatrics and served for 10 years as the head of the Division of Immunology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Filipovich came to Cincinnati Children’s in 1996. She is currently the Ralph J. Stolle Chair in Clinical Immunology and the director of the Immune Deficiency and Histiocytosis program. She also serves as the medical director of the Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Dr. Filipovich has a special interest in histiocytic disorders, especially hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). Other interests include bone marrow transplant for primary immune deficiencies and post-BMT immune reconstitution. She serves as president of the Histiocyte Society, an international group of more than 200 physicians and scientists who are committed to improving the lives of patients with histiocytosis through research.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 1974.

    Residency: University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN 1975-1978.

    Fellowship: Immunopathology, Departments of Pediatrics, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota 1978-1979.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota 1979-1980.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1980.

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    Grants

    Gene Therapy for SCID-X1 Using Self-Inactivating Gamma. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2010-Aug 2015. #U01 AI 087628.

    Rare Diseases Clinical Consortia for the Rare Diseases. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2009-Aug 2014. #U54 AI 082973.

    Hypoxia and potassium channel activity in T Lymphocytes. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Jun 2009-Jun 2014. #R01 CA 095286.

    Laura L. Flesch, MSN, APRN, CFNP

    Nurse Practitioner

    Phone: 513-636-4370

    Fax: 513-636-3220

    Email: laura.flesch@chmcc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Physiological aspects of hematology/ oncology and the care and management of hematology/oncology and stem cell transplant patients.

    Research Interests

    Various aspects of treatment modalities for hematology/oncology and stem cell transplant patients. 

    Biography

    Laura L. Flesch, RN, MSN, CFNP, received her associate degree in nursing in 1995 from Northern Kentucky University. She began her nursing career at a retirement community. In November 1995, Laura began working at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Emergency Department. Laura is skilled in procedures such as intravenous placement and nasogastric tube placement.

    In December 1996, Laura received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Northern Kentucky University. In May 1994, Laura received her Master of Science in nursing under the family nurse practitioner track. During September 1999, Laura became an advanced practice registered nurse.

    Laura holds an RN license in Ohio and Kentucky and is certified in pediatric advanced life support and the trauma nurse core curriculum.

    Education and Training

    ADN: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, 1995.

    BN: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, 1996.

    MSN: Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, 1999. 

    Certification: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 1999.

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