Our Team

Members of the clinic include physicians board-certified in pediatric hematology-oncology, clinical pharmacology, hospice and palliative medicine, as well as post-doctoral fellows, clinical research nurses, nurse practitioners and subspecialists from departments throughout Texas Children's.

Co-Directors

Dr. Murali Chintagumpala is a Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Program, Director of the Solid Tumor Programs, and Co-Director of the Retinoblastoma Program. He oversees all clinical and clinical research activities involving children with brain tumors and solid tumors at Texas Children's Cancer and... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Suite 1510.15 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-4266
Dr. Donald Williams (Will) Parsons has distinguished himself as one of the country’s leaders in the genomics of childhood cancer, as well as a leader in pediatric neuro-oncology. Dr. Will Parsons is an associate professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology at Baylor College of Medicine and the... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1030 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-824-4643

Neuro-oncology

Dr. Patricia Baxter is a member of the Brain Tumor Program, the Developmental Therapeutics Program, and the Palliative Care Program at Texas Children's Cancer Center. Her interests are in pre-clinical and clinical research studies of new therapies for patients with brain tumors. Dr. Patricia... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Suite 1590 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-824-4681
Dr. Susan Blaney is the Deputy Director of the Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). She is also the Vice Chair of the Children's Oncology Group, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) supported... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Street, Suite 1570.40 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-1482
Danielle Johnston is a nurse practitioner specializing in solid tumors and neuro-oncology. She graduated from Texas A&M University, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in allied health. She proceeded to attend the University of Texas Medical Branch where she received a Bachelor of Science... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1580 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-4268
Theresa Lazarte is a board-certified family nurse practitioner specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of pediatric cancers. As a registered nurse, she devoted her entire career to caring for patients with pediatric cancers in the inpatient, outpatient, and chemotherapy/biotherapy... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin St., Ste. 1580 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-1841
Dr. Frank Lin is a physician at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Dr. Lin sees patients in the Urgent Care Bay (UCB) of the outpatient clinic. He is a member of the Brain Tumor Program. Dr. Lin is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine where he received his medical... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin St. Suite 1510 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-4242
Dr. Holly Lindsay’s clinical interests lie in the treatment of children with brain tumors, specifically in the treatment of Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor and other brain tumors occurring in infants and toddlers. She is a member of the Brain Tumor Program. She has received specialized graduate... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1510.09 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-2106
Dr. Fatih Okcu's longstanding clinical interest and expertise is in brain tumors and solid tumors. He treats all subtypes of brain tumors, and has a special interest in soft tissue sarcomas, Ewing sarcoma, malignant melanoma and rare pediatric cancers. Dr. Fatih Okcu is a member of the Childhood... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1510 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-4242
Margaret Mary Parmeter is a pediatric nurse practitioner on the solid tumor team. She is involved in the Neuroblastoma Program and the Brain Tumor Program. Her clinical interests include childhood brain tumors and childhood neuroblastoma. Board Certifications Pediatric Nursing Certification... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1510 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-4218
Dr. Surya Rednam is a physician on the Brain Tumor Team at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Dr. Rednam is a member of the Brain Tumor Program, the Cancer Genetics and Genomics Program, and Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program. His clinical interests include childhood brain tumors... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin St. Suite 1510 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-1816
His clinical interest is in neuro-oncology.

Address: 6701 Fannin Suite 1510 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-4306

Neurology




Neuro-Ophthamology




Veeral S. Shah, MD, PhD graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science and Double major in Philosophy and Neuroscience.  During his undergraduate education he was awarded the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) fellowship. Dr. Shah... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street 5th Floor - Suite 510 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-3230

Neuropathology

Dr. Adesina's primary interest is in the clinical and molecular genetics of pediatric brain tumors with special interest in medulloblastoma. He is involved in ongoing collaborative studies with the pediatric brain tumor group of the Hematology/Oncology division. He is also a collaborator with... Read more

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite AB1195 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-824-2250
Dr. Mohila is interested in the biology of pediatric diseases that affect the nervous sytem including brain tumors, epilepsyand neuromuscular disorders.She is board certified in neuropathology, and anatomic and clinical pathology.

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite AB1195 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-824-2250

Neuro-psychology

Marsha Nortz Gragert, PhD, ABPP-Cn graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 1994. She was awarded a doctoral degree in 2000 by Washington University in St. Louis, where she was also a recipient of The Mr. & Mrs. Spencer... Read more


Phone: 832-822-3700
Dr. Kahalley's clinical interest focus on the clinical needs of childhood cancer survivors.

Address: 6701 Fannin Suite 1630 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-3700
As a Pediatric Neuropsychologist, I am interested in the complex cognitive, behavioral, and socioemotional effects of developmental and acquired brain abnormalities/injuries. Such information acquired through formal evaluation can be useful in diagnosing brain injury or dysfunction, tracking a... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Suite 1630 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-3700

Neurosurgery



Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-3950
Dr. Lam feels it is a privilege to take care of children and their families. She strives to make sure children have the highest quality care at TCH, and to give families the peace of mind that the Neurosurgery team is there for them every step of the way. Dr. Lam's research interests dovetail with... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-3950
We take care of sick kids with multiple conditions tumors, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, vascular malformations, congenital malformations in a privileged site as it is Texas Children’s Hospital. The excellence in care is not an option but a commitment to every patient.  Clinical Interests: Dr. Aldave... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-3950
Texas Children’s Hospital Neurosurgery is a national and international destination for world class, innovative, high quality, and attentive neurologic care for children. We train the future leaders in pediatric neurosurgery, and we investigate neurologic conditions for which we have unique insight... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-3950


Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-3950

Neuro-Radiology

Dr. Sherri Birchansky is a Pediatric Neuroradiologist, board certified in diagnostic radiology with additional subspecialty board certifications in neuroradiology and pediatric radiology. With a college bachelor degree in chemistry, graduating top in her class summa cum laude, she went on to... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 470 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-TC4-RADS (832-824-7237)
Dr. Desai is the Division Chief of Neuroradiology  at Texas Children's Hospital and Assistant Professor of Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology with subspecialty certification in Neuroradiology. He completed fellowships in both... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 470 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-TC4-RADS (832-824-7237)
Dr. Hunter is a clinical pediatric neuroradiologist in the Department of Pediatric Radiology at Texas Children's Hospital, and is a full Professor of Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a board certified radiologist by the American Board of Radiology with a Certificate of Added... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 470 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-TC4-RADS (832-824-7237)
Dr. Illner has been a practicing pediatric neuroradiologist at Texas Children's Hospital since October 2006. She is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology with additional subspecialty certification (CAQ) in Neuroradiology and is fellowship-trained in both neuroradiology and pediatric... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 470 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-TC4-RADS (832-824-7237)
Dr. Kukreja is a Neuroradiologist at Texas Children's Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Her clinical experience is based in pediatric radiology and neuro radiology. Dr. Kukreja is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Radiology with... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 470 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-TC4-RADS (832-824-7237)
Dr. Paldino is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology with and additional subspecialty certification (CAQ) in Neuroradiology. He is fellowship-trained in both Neuroradiology and Pediatric Neuroradiology. Dr. Paldino performs all aspects of pediatric neuroimaging, with particular clinical... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 470 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-TC4-RADS (832-824-7237)
Dr. Rauch has been a member of the medical staff at Texas Children's Hospital since 2005. His clinical interests involve all of neuroradiology but especially in the correlation of neurology and neurologic disease to the brain.Dr. Rauch serves as one of the neuroradiologists in the neuroradiology... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 470 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-TC4-RADS (832-824-7237)
Dr. Tran is a clinical pediatric radiologist Department of Pediatric Radiology at Texas Children's Hospital, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Through the American Board of Radiology, he attained additional subspecialty certification (CAQ) in... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 470 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-TC4-RADS (832-824-7237)

Endocrinology




Radiation Oncology

Dr. Arnold Delacruz Paulino is a radiation oncologist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Visit his MD Anderson faculty profile for more information and publications by Dr. Paulino.

Address: 6565 Fannin DB 1-077 Houston, TX 77008 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 713-792-5933
Dr. Anita Mahajan is the medical director for the Proton Therapy Center and the director of Pediatric Radiation Oncology in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson. She works with pediatric patients from Texas Children’s Cancer Center who are referred to the M... Read more


Phone: 713-563-2350

Patient Care Coordinator

Amanda Magee



Research Nurse

Suzanne Wheeler, RN



Social Work

Aisha Jones, LCSW



Child Life




Physical Therapy

Danielle Cousins



Data Coordinators

Susan Burlingame



Manju George