Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders

Akron Children's Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders offers clinical treatment, including stem cell/bone marrow transplantation, for children and teens with all types of cancer and bleeding or clotting disorders. Read More...

Hord Jeffrey
Jeffrey Hord, MD
Director, Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders; Associate Chair for Subspecialty Practice Operations Past President, Medical Staff

Bodas Prasad
Prasad Bodas, MD, MHS
Director, Sickle Cell Program Pediatric hematologist/oncologist

Fargo John
John Fargo, DO
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist

Gerak Laura
Laura Gerak, PhD

Kuerbitz Steven
Steven Kuerbitz, MD
Director, Divisional Research Director, Stem Cell Transplantation

Patton Donna
Donna Patton, MD
Pediatric hematologist/oncologist

Rush Sarah
Sarah Rush, MD
Director, Neuro-Oncology

Savelli Stephanie
Stephanie Savelli, MD
Director, Cancer Survivorship Program, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program and Divisional Education

Talaizadeh Mohammad
Mohammad Talaizadeh, MD
Pediatric hematologist/oncologist

Culbertson Courtney
Courtney Culbertson, MSN, CPNP-AC
Pediatric nurse practitioner

Jones Pamela
Pamela Jones, CNP, CPON
Coordinator, Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program

Jordan Jamie
Jamie Jordan, MPAS, PA-C
Physician assistant

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Elizabeth Miller, CNP
Coordinator, Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center

Neitz Susan
Susan Neitz, CNP, CPON
Stem Cell Transplant Program Coordinator

Pope Nicole
Nicole Pope, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Stratton Ann
Ann Stratton, MSN, PNP, CPHON
Pediatric hematology-oncology and stem cell transplant nurse practitioner

Taggart Hannah
Hannah Taggart, MSPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Vaccarelli Terri
Terri Vaccarelli, MSPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Akron Children's Cancer Program one of the best among children's hospitals nationwide.

  • Akron Children's hematology-oncology program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
  • Akron Children's Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders ranks in the top 1/3 of pediatric cancer centers in the U.S., in terms of the number of new cancer cases treated each year.
  • Akron Children's Hospital is a member of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the world's largest childhood cancer research entity.


Meet Our Patients



Cancer and Blood Disorders Center - Overview

The Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care to children, teens and young adults with all types of childhood cancer, sickle cell disease, hemoglobinopathies and bleeding/clotting disorders, as well as those who require stem cell/bone marrow transplants.

The team includes board-certified pediatric hematologists-oncologists (doctors who specialize in childhood cancer and blood disorders), advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, certified pediatric oncology nurses, pharmacists, social workers, clinical research associates, child life specialists, counselors and educators.

Our team is also strengthened by its close collaboration with other specialty departments at Children’s, such as surgery, anesthesiology, pain management, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, pathology, psychology, nutrition, critical care medicine, adolescent medicine, emergency medicine, chaplaincy services, physical therapy, palliative care and genetics.

As a major teaching institution, Akron Children’s offers fellowship training in pediatric hematology-oncology and is a major pediatric teaching hospital affiliated with Northeast Ohio Medical University. The division of hematology-oncology also actively participates in national clinical trials for childhood cancer and blood disorders, and continues to explore the causes and treatment of these diseases through our basic science research program.

As a member of the prestigious Children’s Oncology Group (COG), we participate in the development of National Cancer Institute-approved treatment protocols and offer the most up-to-date cancer therapies. Our cancer program is one of only 12 “Pediatric Cancer Programs” in the country as verified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

On average, we care for 8 newly diagnosed children with cancer each month. About 30 percent of these patients have leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer, and 25 percent are treated for brain tumors, the second major cause of cancer in children.

Hematology-oncology care is also provided at our campuses in Akron and Boardman and at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. The Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders on our Akron campus is named after the family of David and Martha Showers, whose generous gift helped build the center and continues to help fund patient care, research and education programs.


What To Expect



Akron Children’s Hospital is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world's largest childhood cancer research entity. Our goal is to cure and prevent childhood and teen cancer through scientific discovery.

As a member, our Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders participates in National Cancer Institute-approved treatment protocols.

Membership in the COG ensures that caregivers follow the same protocols of care, whether the patient lives in Akron or another city across the country.

Our staff is also involved in a number of quality improvement projects designed to help give children and teens who are fighting cancer and blood disorders the best chance of survival and quality of life.


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Akron Children's Hospital
Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders
214 W. Bowery Street
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8580
Fax: 330-543-3220
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Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley
Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders
Beeghly Campus
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman , OH 44512
Phone: 330-746-9522
Fax: 330-746-9523
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Akron Children's at Metro
MetroHealth Medical Center
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland , OH 44109
Phone: 216-778-2222
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