What is Pediatric Hematology/Oncology?
Children that are diagnosed with a blood disease or cancer are referred to a pediatric hematologist/oncologist because of their specialized training and qualifications with pediatric oncology patients. These are doctors who have had:
- At least four years of medical school
- Three years of residency training in pediatrics
- At least three years of additional training in a fellowship program for pediatric hematology/oncology
Why Choose Wesley Children’s Hospital
It can be a parent’s worst fear… a diagnosis of cancer in a child. But if it happens, you can rest assured knowing that one of the best pediatric oncology programs is close by at Wesley Children’s Hospital. As the only dedicated children’s hospital in the region, Wesley Children’s Hospital provides the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art pediatric oncology services for patients in central and western Kansas.
We have a complete team of specialists in pediatric hematology and oncology, including nurses and nurse practitioners who are board-certified and experienced support staff. Patients and their families benefit from medical expertise that is balanced by our commitment to easing fears and pain, assistance with supportive care, acute and later side effects of chemotherapy stress management, nutrition and health maintenance guidance, support groups and cancer survivorship.
Meet Our Team
Nathan Hall, DO
Nathan Hall, DO, who is a member of the KU School of Medicine faculty, is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist on staff at Wesley Children’s Hospital. Hall earned his medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and then performed his residency at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City.
Rajoo Thapa, MD
Rajoo Thapa, MD, is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist and a member of the KU School of Medicine faculty. Thapa joined the staff at Wesley Children’s Hospital from St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. He earned his medical degree from Calcutta College in India and then performed residencies at the Institute of Health in India and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY.
Sean Pyper, MD, PhD
Sean Pyper, MD, PhD is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist and a member of the KU School of Medicine faculty. Pyper joined the staff at Wesley Children’s Hospital following his fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant at Masonic Children’s Hospital at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended Medical School at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where he completed both his MD and PhD in life sciences. He completed his residency training in general pediatrics at the University of Vermont Medical Center. His areas of interest include pediatric sarcoma, stem cell transplant and biology, immunotherapy, gene therapy and gene editing technologies.
In addition to the pediatric oncology physicians, Wesley Children’s Hospital also partners with other children’s pediatric specialists to ensure patients receive the appropriate care.
We partner with other pediatric specialists, including:
- Advanced practice providers
- Child life specialists
- Pediatric anesthesiologists
- Pediatric nurse navigators
- Pediatric oncology nurses
- Pediatric pharmacists
- Pediatric surgeons
- Radiation oncologist
- Social workers
Wesley Healthcare, including the Wesley Children’s Hospital, is accredited from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) – part of the American College of Surgeons – underscoring its commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality and multidisciplinary patient-centered care.
To earn this gold standard for oncology, Wesley met 34 required quality-care standards, proving the hospital is committed to improving the survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of care.
Being a CoC-accredited cancer center means Wesley takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
When patients receive care at Wesley, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services, including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve a cancer survivors’ quality of life.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in this year. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive care, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.
To reach the Wesley Children’s Hospital accredited pediatrics oncology department, please contact, 316-962-6100
For a referral to one of our pediatric hematology/oncology providers, please call 316-962-DOCS (3627)
Wesley Children’s Hospital
550 N. Hillside
Wichita, KS 67214