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Peter de Blank, MD, MSCE

  • Co-Medical Director, Brain Tumor Center
  • Associate 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.

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Volumetric endpoints in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma: comparison to cross-sectional measures and outcome correlations in the International DIPG/DMG Registry. Lazow, MA; Nievelstein, MT; Lane, A; Bandopadhayhay, P; DeWire-Schottmiller, M; Fouladi, M; Glod, JW; Greiner, RJ; Hoffman, LM; Hummel, TR; et al. Neuro-Oncology. 2022; 24:1598-1608.

SYST-07 WINDOW-OF-OPPORTUNITY STUDY OF ONC201 IN PEDIATRIC PATIENTS WITH DIFFUSE INTRINSIC PONTINE GLIOMA (DIPG) AND THALAMIC GLIOMA. Odia, Y; Koschmann, C; Tarapore, R; Allen, J; Hall, M; Daghistani, D; Khatib, Z; Aguilera, D; MacDonald, T; de Blank, P; et al. Neuro-Oncology Advances. 2022; 4:i22-i22.

Risk factors for treatment-refractory and relapsed optic pathway glioma in children with neurofibromatosis type 1. Kotch, C; Avery, R; Getz, KD; Bouffet, E; De Blank, P; Listernick, R; Gutmann, DH; Bornhorst, M; Campen, C; Liu, GT; et al. Neuro-Oncology. 2022; 24:1377-1386.

MEK Inhibitors for Neurofibromatosis Type 1 Manifestations: Clinical Evidence and Consensus. de Blank, PM K; Gross, AM; Akshintala, S; Blakeley, JO; Bollag, G; Cannon, A; Dombi, E; Fangusaro, J; Gelb, BD; Hargrave, D; et al. Neuro-Oncology. 2022.

Phase I study of ribociclib and everolimus in children with newly diagnosed DIPG and high-grade glioma: A CONNECT pediatric neuro-oncology consortium report. Dewire, M; Lazow, M; Campagne, O; Leach, J; Fuller, C; Senthil Kumar, S; Stanek, J; De Blank, P; Hummel, TR; Pillay-Smiley, N; et al. Neuro-Oncology Advances. 2022; 4.

Recommendations for Measurement of Attention Outcomes in Preschoolers With Neurofibromatosis. Klein-Tasman, BP; Lee, K; Thompson, HL; Janusz, J; Payne, JM; Pardej, S; de Blank, P; Kennedy, T; Janke, KM; Castillo, AD; et al. Neurology. 2021; 97:S81-S90.

Recommendations for Social Skills End Points for Clinical Trials in Neurofibromatosis Type 1. Janusz, JA; Klein-Tasman, BP; Payne, JM; Wolters, PL; Thompson, HL; Martin, S; de Blank, P; Ullrich, N; Del Castillo, A; Hussey, M; et al. Neurology. 2021; 97:S73-S80.

Trametinib-associated Hyponatremia in a Child With Low-grade Glioma is Not Seen Following Treatment With Alternative MEK Inhibitor. Lazow, MA; Lawson, SA; Salloum, R; Hummel, TR; Pillay Smiley, N; Dewire-Schottmiller, MD; Fouladi, M; De Blank, P. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2021; 43:e550-e553.

Overcoming barriers to establishing autopsy procurement programs in pediatric patients with central nervous system tumors: a call to develop regional centers. DeWire, M; Erker, C; Hummel, TR; Chow, LM L; de Blank, P; Salloum, R; Pillay-Smiley, N; Hoffman, L; Gilger, E; Gallagher, M; et al. Journal of Neuro-Oncology. 2021; 152:107-114.

Contributors List. Ambady, P; Bagley, SJ; Blakeley, J; Brooks, T; Bussière, MR; Campian, JL; Chan, MD; Chukwueke, UN; Cramer, CK; Couture, DE; et al. Neuro-Oncology for the Clinical Neurologist. 2021.

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