Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center Announces New Medical Director

Press Release

HOUSTON (December 13, 2023)Texas Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Raj Nagarajan, esteemed pediatric hematologist-oncologist, has been named Medical Director of Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Center and Professor of Hematology-Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Before joining Texas Children’s, Dr. Nagarajan was a professor at the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics. While in Cincinnati, Nagarajan had numerous leadership roles at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, including the role of medical director of oncology for more than a decade.

“I am so honored to join the amazing team at Texas Children’s Hospital,” said Nagarajan. “As one of the very best cancer and hematology centers in the nation, Texas Children’s is leading the way in clinical research and family-centered patient care. Its internationally recognized faculty are experts in their fields who are tirelessly pursuing cutting-edge breakthroughs to improve outcomes for patients and their families and, ultimately, to cure childhood cancer and other blood disorders. I am excited to be a member of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center.”

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Dr. Nagarajan as our new Medical Director,” said Dr. Susan Blaney, Director of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center and Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. “Dr. Nagarajan has a long and distinguished track record of outstanding clinical care. He will work closely with our associate directors for outpatient and inpatient oncology across all Texas Children’s campuses, as well as our nursing leadership, TCH administrative leadership and leadership of the other services with whom we work closely. Dr. Nagarajan will help us to remain on the forefront of ensuring the delivery of personalized, high-quality, family-centered care to children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders.”

Dr. Nagarajan brings with him over 20 years of experience as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist and over 10 years of service as a medical director. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, where he also completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research. His clinical interests are in the areas of sarcomas and cancer survivorship. Dr. Nagarajan has also served as Co-Clinical Director of the Cancer Survivorship Center at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and as Grant Chair for the University of Cincinnati Cancer Survivorship Grant.

Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center is one of the largest pediatric cancer and hematology centers in the United States and is consistently ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. World-renowned for its clinical care, research and education, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center offers innovative therapies for all forms of childhood cancer and blood disorders. Physician-scientists at Texas Children’s are working tirelessly to improve outcomes for all patients afflicted by these diseases and to develop new treatment approaches based on their extraordinary scientific breakthroughs and discoveries.

About Texas Children’s

Texas Children’s, a nonprofit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The system includes the Texas Children’s Duncan NRI; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; Texas Children’s Pediatrics, the largest pediatric primary care network in the country; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, visit www.texaschildrens.org.