For many survivors of childhood cancer, being cured is not the end of the journey. 'Survival is insufficient.'
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Fetal surgery firsts
Dr. Robert Raphael is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist who cares for young patients with any form of childhood cancer or blood disease. His primary focus in patient care is treating cancer, with particular interests in lymphomas and histiocyte disorders (rare conditions in which the body produces too many of the immune cells called histiocytes, leading to organ damage and tumors). Also interested in cancer survivorship, Raphael serves as medical director of the Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.
Raphael participates in a variety of research, including studies of cancer survivorship (health problems caused by cancer or its treatments that may occur later on), an international clinical trial for Langerhans cell histiocytosis (one of the aforementioned rare disorders), and supportive care in pediatric oncology.
Raphael earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in pediatrics. He then completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He has been practicing at UCSF since 2007 and serves as associate director of the fellowship program in pediatric hematology and oncology at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.
Raphael is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children's Oncology Group and the North American Consortium for Histiocytosis.
Raphael lives in the East Bay with his wife and sons. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, playing darts and rooting for the San Jose Sharks.
UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2001
UC San Diego, Pediatrics, 2004
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 2007