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Our Team

Our Team
Our team includes a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare professionals, each of whom has experience and specialized expertise in treating children with pediatric cancer.

Pediatric Nurses
Our dedicated staff of pediatric oncology nurses have approximately 65 years of combined pediatric oncology experience, providing valuable support to physicians and families. All participate in ongoing education with the Children's Oncology Group and the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.

Social Workers
Our social workers are available to provide emotional support during your child’s treatment. They help parents navigate through insurance-related and financial concerns and refer families to community resources when needed.

Child Life Specialists
Cancer treatment can be frightening and difficult time for you and your child. Our Child Life Group is available to provide support and comfort through these trying times. Child Life specialists will explain and prepare your child for procedures and will accompany him or her through it. Our specialists also help children work through many of the day-to-day issues related to cancer such as how they might face peers after losing their hair to chemotherapy or how to deal with having to postpone favorite activities or sports while going through cancer treatment. Child Life Specialists also provide the following support:

  • Developmentally appropriate play activities in playrooms or at the bedside
  • Preparation for medical procedures
  • Emotional support and distraction during medical procedures
  • Exploration of the medical environment through play
  • Sibling preparation and support
  • Grief support and resources

Pharmacy
Our Pharmacy staff is also an important part of the hematology/oncology team. Cancer drugs are extremely potent and must be given exactly as ordered by the doctor. Our pharmacists work closely with physicians and nurses to ensure that each child is receiving the right medications prescribed by his or her doctor.

Our Physicians
Children’s Hematology/Oncology Program is led by nine of the region’s top pediatric hematologists/oncologists who are nationally known experts in childhood cancer. They have many years of clinical experience and are involved in national and international research that has helped develop therapies used around the world. These physicians include:

Minnie Abromowitch, M.D. received her medical degree from the University of Manitoba Medical School, completed pediatric residencies at Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has completed fellowships in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children’s Centre Health Sciences Center, Winnipeg, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.

“This is obviously something I am passionate about.,” says Dr. Abromowitch. “My motivation has been a devotion to changing the lives of these children. The majority of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured and grow up to be healthy adults. A child with cancer has a life-threatening disease but with proper care, many children can lead a normal, healthy life. It is curable.”

Jill C. Beck, M.D. received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, both in Cleveland, Ohio.  She completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic in Minneapolis.

Peter F. Coccia, M.D. received his medical degree from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. , and completed his pediatric residency there as well. He completed his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Donald W. Coulter, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency and a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jill C. Beck, M.D. received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, both in Cleveland, Ohio.  She completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic in Minneapolis.

David J. Gnarra, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and did his pediatric residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He completed fellowships in hematology/oncology at the University of Illinois in Chicago and at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Bruce G. Gordon, M.D. is the division chief of pediatric hematology and oncology.  He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., and did his pediatric residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He completed his hematology/oncology fellowships at the University Nebraska Medical Center and the University Hospitals of Cleveland.

James L. Harper, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and did his pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He completed his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Stefanie R. Lowas, M.D. attended medical school at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, completed her pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, and a hematology/oncology fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Oregon in Portland.

Elizabeth I. Thompson, M.D. received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Medical School and completed her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Additionally, an affiliation with the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, also located in Omaha, provides collaboration and access to the latest clinical cancer research and treatments.

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