Kelly Kramer working with a pediatric cancer patient

James LaBelle, MD, PhD, leads the pediatric stem cell transplant team at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital.

At Comer Children’s, our multidisciplinary pediatric stem cell transplant team includes a wide array of specialists and support staff who all work together to provide the best, most comprehensive care for our patients.

Meet Our Pediatric Stem Cell and Cellular Therapy Physicians

Meet Our Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Advanced Practice Nurses

  • Alerie Dunkel, RN, APN
  • Kathleen Breen, RN, APN
  • Kelly Kramer, RN, APN
  • Mary Rourke, RN, APN

Meet Our Multidisciplinary Team of Experts

During your stem cell transplant journey, you will have access to Comer Children’s robust team of pediatric specialists and support services.

Our expert team includes:

Child Life

  • Alex Pulaski, CCLS (inpatient)
  • Lisa Wolff, CCLS (outpatient)

Clinical Director Pediatric Cancer Services

  • Thomas Houchins, DNP, RN, CCRN_K, NE-BC

Clinical Research Associates

  • Chris Omahen, MS
  • Melissa (Zeilner) Marx, MPH, CCRP

Donor Advocate

Infectious Disease

Nurse Managers

  • Danielle Bean, BSN, RN, CPN
  • Cassidy Murphy, BSN, RN
  • Lauren Rubio, BSN, RN
  • Fiona Vachachira, BSN, RN

Nurse Pt and Research Coordinator

  • Anya Vlasoff, RN

Social Workers

  • Sondra Taylor
  • Kathyrn Lorenger

Our Pediatric Cancer Locations in Chicago and Merrillville

Request an Appointment

The information you provide on this secure form to request an appointment with a Comer pediatric stem cell transplant expert will enable us to assist you as efficiently as possible. A representative will contact you within one to two business days to help you schedule an appointment. 

You can also make an appointment with our providers by:

Scheduling a virtual video visit to see a provider from the comfort of your home

Requesting an online second opinion from our specialists

To speak to someone directly, please call 773-702-6169. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.

For Referring Physicians

To refer a pediatric patient for a pediatric stem cell transplant, please call UCM Physician Connect at 1-800-824-2282


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Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant