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Katherine K. Matthay


Pediatric hematologist-oncologist
Neuroblastoma researcher and polar bear plunge swimmer

Dr. Katherine Matthay is one of the world's leading specialists in care for childhood cancer and in research on treatments. She directs a national study of the Children's Oncology Group (a research collaboration supported by the National Cancer Institute) to test new therapies for neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops in nerve cells and most often affects young children. She and her colleagues demonstrated that an innovative treatment – which combined chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation and other therapies – could significantly improve outcomes for patients with neuroblastoma.

After earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, Matthay earned her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at UCSF.

  • Education

    Perelman School of Medicine, 1973

  • Residencies

    University of Colorado Denver, Pediatrics, 1975

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Hematology and Oncology, 1979

  • Board Certifications

    Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

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My special privilege has been helping children and adolescents battle their cancer and witnessing their bravery and humor during the struggle.

Where I see patients (2)

    Decorative Caduceus

    Biomarkers in Tumor Tissue Samples From Patients With Newly Diagnosed Neuroblastoma or Ganglion...

    Life tables, Kaplan-Meier survival curves, log-rank tests, and Cox regression will be used to explore the relationship of laboratory variables to outcome.


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    Learning never stops

    Our classroom and bedside classes help kids get credit and keep learning during treatment.

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