Scientific Advisory Committee


This widely respected group of pediatric oncology researchers is charged with advising the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in all matters related to childhood cancer research.

They give advice on new funding programs and policies, offer input on public policy issues regarding research, and provide oversight to the grant review process, which involves more than 180 reviewers.

Most important, they offer meaningful evaluation and guidance to ensure that every dollar granted is used in the best ways possible to find cures for kids and give survivors long and healthy lives.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is proud to present the current Scientific Advisory Committee:

Forever in our Hearts
Robert J. Arceci, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; Co-Director of the Ron Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics; Phoenix Children’s Hospital, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Translational Genomics Research Institute


Smita Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Vice Chair for Outcomes, Department of Pediatrics and Associate Director for Cancer Outcomes Research, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center


Kenneth Cohen, M.D., M.B.A., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Director, Pediatric Oncology Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Associate Professor of Oncology, Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Susan Cohn, M.D.,Professor of Pediatrics, University of Chicago, Dean, Clinical Research Director, Clinical Research, Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


Bill Gerber, Patient Advocate, Father of Teddy Gerber, Chief Financial Officer, White Mountains Financial Services, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Board Member


Holcombe E. Grier, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Boston


Stephan Grupp, M.D., Ph.D,Director of Translational Research, Center for Childhood Cancer Research, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Medical Director, Stem Cell Laboratory at CHOP


Alex Huang, M.D., Ph.D., Program Director, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (Cleveland, OH), Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Associate Professor, Pathology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, St. Baldrick’s Scholar, 2008-2013


Jeffrey M. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine


Chris Lynch, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Accomplice, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Board Member


David Poplack, M.D., Director, Texas Children's Cancer Center; Texas Children’s Hospital; Elise C. Young Chair of Pediatric Oncology; Chief, Hematology and Oncology Section, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston


Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, M.D.,Faculty Member and Executive Vice President, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Four Stars of Chicago Endowed Chair in International Pediatric Research, Chair, Department of Global Pediatric Medicine, Director, International Outreach Program


Kathleen Ruccione, Ph.D, RN,Associate Professor, Azusa Pacific University, Chair, Department of Doctoral Programs, School of Nursing, President, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON)


Kathleen Sakamoto, M.D., Ph.D.,Stanford University School of Medicine, Shelagh Galligan Professor, Pediatrics; Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Lucille Packard Children's Hospital


Daniel Wechsler, M.D., Ph.D.,Duke University, Duke Cancer Institute, Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology


Jason T. Yustein, M.D., Ph.D.,Director, Faris D. Virani Ewing Sarcoma Center, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Baldrick’s Scholar, 2009-2014