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Stephen Hunger Named New Chief of Oncology and Director of CCCR

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Stephen P. Hunger, MD, as the new Chief of Oncology and Director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research.

Dr. Hunger assumed his new position on Nov. 1. He joins a premier, comprehensive program, staffed by internationally recognized experts in pediatric cancer who rely on the most current advances in research and treatment. CHOP Oncology treats 600 newly diagnosed patients each year, and follows thousands of patients through its Cancer Survivorship Program, established 30 years ago as the first such program of its kind.

Dr. Hunger's achievements

Dr. Hunger arrived from Children’s Hospital Colorado, where he was most recently director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and holder of the Ergen Family Chair in Pediatric Cancer. He also was a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the chief of the Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation.

He has a particular research interest in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer. A leading member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the national cooperative organization of pediatric cancer centers, Dr. Hunger has served on scores of COG study committees, and as chair of the organization’s ALL Committee since 2008. He also has served on NIH study sections and committees of the National Cancer Institute, the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and numerous charitable foundations and medical groups.

He has received dozens of research grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, among many other funding organizations. He has published hundreds of scientific articles, reviews and book chapters, and has made invited presentations throughout the world on pediatric oncology.

Dr. Hunger earned his BS in Applied Biology from MIT, and his MD at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He then trained at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and served as a postdoctoral fellow and postdoctoral research scholar at Stanford University School of Medicine. He held faculty appointments in Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine before moving to the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2007.

CHOP/Penn T Cell Therapy Results in the Media

Dr. Stephan Grupp and the Penn Medicine research team presented the latest results of the CART19/CTL019 trials for patients adult and pediatric patients with CLL and ALL during this weekend's ASH Meeting.

Coverage of their story has appeared in several media outlets. Please check back frequently for updates!

Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers (Associated Press, December 8, 2013).
Killing Cancer Like the Common Cold (CNN, December 9, 2013).
Penn study confirms T-cell effectiveness on leukemia (Philadelphia Inquirer, December 9, 2013).

2013 WebMD 2013 Health Heroes features Dr. Stephan Grupp

The WebMD Health Heroes awards celebrate those who recognized a need for change, pushed past adversity, and were able to health inspire others in meaningful ways. Dr. Grupp and his patient, Emily Whitehead, are featured for their remarkable story and her subsequent advocacy efforts for childhood cancer research programs.

To learn more about the 2013 WebMD Health Heroes, please visit the WebMD Magazine's Health Heroes page.

CHOP Cancer Center in the Media

Recently the CHOP Cancer Center has been featured in several medial outlets. Visit the links below for the stories featuring the incredible stories of our patients and physicians!

60 Minutes Australia: T Cell Therapy Story features Dr. Stephan Grupp and his T Cell therapy patients.

The Wall Street Journal highlights Dr. Jill Ginsberg and the growing field of fertility preservation in pediatric cancer patients.

Fox 29 features former CHOP patient and Parkway Run Ambassador, Antonio Santos. Read about Antonio's story and Give Forward campaign here.

Heroes for a Cure: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Northwestern Mutual have partnered to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Their campaign features Drs. John Maris and Michael Hogarty and two of our patient-families.

The Courier-Post features CHOP Four Seasons Parkway Run ambassador Hailey. Read more about her story and the importance of funding for childhood cancer research.

Alix Seif featured in American Cancer Society's 100 Stories of Hope

The American Cancer Society is celebrating their 100th anniversary by highlighting the work of 100 people leading the fight against cancer. Dr. Seif and her team are featured in story #63.

CHOP Oncologist Leads First Pediatric Dream Team as Stand Up to Cancer and St. Baldrick’s Take Aim at Children’s Cancers

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A physician-researcher from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will lead the first-ever pediatric “Dream Team” solely focused on creating new treatments for the most challenging childhood cancers. Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, along with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), SU2C’s scientific partner, announced this Dream Team today during a press conference at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, D.C.