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Peter de Blank, MD, MSCE

  • Co-Medical Director, Brain Tumor Center
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Dr. de Blank graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine with a concentration in Medical Education. He completed his residency in Pediatrics, and fellowships in Pediatric Hematology & Oncology and Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania during his fellowship training. After completing his training, he became a faculty member at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland in 2012. In 2017, Dr. de Blank joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a member of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology program.

Dr. de Blank’s clinical and research interests include children with central nervous system tumors, neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), and NF1-related tumors. His research focuses on the investigation of tissue microstructure in pediatric brain tumors through non-invasive imaging techniques such as MR relaxometry and diffusion tensor imaging. The goal of his research is to develop early radiographic tumor biomarkers to characterize pediatric brain tumors and predict their functional consequences. Tumor imaging research may guide early intervention efforts and direct support for children with brain tumors in order to improve clinical outcomes in children with brain tumors.

Dr. de Blank has been elected by peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America List.

BA: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1997.

BS: Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1997.

MA: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1997.

MD: Emphasis in Medical Education, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, 2005.

MS: Clinical Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Philadelphia, PA, 2011.

Intern: Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2005-2006.

Resident: Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2006-2008.

Fellow: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2008-2011; Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 2011-2012.


Pediatric neuro-oncology; neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1); NF1-associated brain tumors

Services and Specialties

Cancer and Blood Diseases, Brain Tumor, Rasopathy, Neurofibromatosis


Cancer imaging; diffusion tensor imaging; MR relaxometry; magnetic resonance fingerprinting; developmental therapeutics

Research Areas

Cancer and Blood Diseases, Oncology

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Safety and pharmacokinetics of ONC201 (dordaviprone) administered two consecutive days per week in pediatric patients with H3 K27M-mutant glioma. Odia, Y; Koschmann, C; Vitanza, NA; De Blank, P; Aguilera, D; Allen, J; Daghistani, D; Hall, M; Khatib, Z; Kline, C; McGovern, SL; Khatua, S; Zaky, W; Gardner, SL. Neuro-Oncology. 2024; 26:S155-S164.

Temporal changes in treatment and late mortality and morbidity in adult survivors of childhood glioma: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. de Blank, PM K; Lange, KR; Xing, M; Mirzaei Salehabadi, S; Srivastava, D; Brinkman, TM; Ness, KK; Oeffinger, KC; Neglia, J; Krull, KR; Leisenring, W; Armstrong, GT; Okcu, MF; Bowers, DC. 2024; 5:590-600.

Consensus framework for conducting phase I/II clinical trials for children, adolescents, and young adults with pediatric low-grade glioma: Guidelines established by the International Pediatric Low-Grade Glioma Coalition Clinical Trial Working Group. Mueller, S; Fangusaro, J; Thomas, AO; Jacques, TS; Bandopadhayay, P; de Blank, P; Packer, RJ; Fouladi, M; van Meeteren, AS; Jones, D; Robison, NJ; Partanen, M; Fisher, MJ; Witt, O. Neuro-Oncology. 2024; 26:407-416.

Evolving therapies, neurocognitive outcomes, and functional independence in adult survivors of childhood glioma. Papini, C; Mirzaei, SS; Xing, M; Olsson, IT; de Blank, PM K; Lange, KR; Salloum, R; Srivastava, D; Leisenring, WM; Howell, RM; Oeffinger, KC; Robison, LL; Armstrong, GT; Krull, KR; Brinkman, TM. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2024; 116:288-298.

A core outcome domain set to assess cutaneous neurofibromas related to neurofibromatosis type 1 in clinical trials. Fertitta, L; Bergqvist, C; Sarin, KY; Plotkin, SR; Moertel, C; Petersen, AK; Cannon, A; Berman, Y; Pichard, DC; Röhl, C; Jannic, A; Ezzedine, K; Wolkenstein, P; Response Evaluation in Neurofibromatosis and Schwa, . British Journal of Dermatology. 2024; 190:216-225.

A new era for myelin research in Neurofibromatosis type 1. de Blank, P; Nishiyama, A; López-Juárez, A. Glia. 2023; 71:2701-2719.

An unusual presentation of bilateral optic pathway glioma in Crouzon Syndrome. Na, B; Wang, AC; Watterson, CT; Martinez-Agosto, J; Saitta, S; Dutra-Clarke, M; Bhansali, F; Pineles, SL; Chang, VY; Shah, VS; de Blank, P. Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (Informa). 2023; 40:800-806.

Clinical trials: A plea to cooperative groups, consortia, pharmaceutical companies, and lead investigators for reasonable imaging protocols. Trout, AT; Norris, RE; de Blank, PM K; Backus, LR; Towbin, AJ; Nash, JM. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2023; 70:e30362.

Shedding New Light: Novel Therapies for Common Disorders in Children with Neurofibromatosis Type I. Pillay-Smiley, N; Fletcher, JS; de Blank, P; Ratner, N. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:937-950.

Opportunities and Advances in Radiomics and Radiogenomics for Pediatric Medulloblastoma Tumors. Ismail, M; Craig, S; Ahmed, R; de Blank, P; Tiwari, P. Diagnostics. 2023; 13:2727.

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