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.

Clinical Director

Dr. Murali Chintagumpala is Clinical Director of the Brain Tumor Program 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 Hematology Center. His specific… read more
Phone: 832-822-4266

Diabetes and Endocrinology

Dr. Rona Sonabend's philosophy towards healthcare is combining the science of medicine with the art of care delivery in a patient-centered quality driven manner.  Dr. Sonabend’s clinical interests include caring for children with neuro-endocrine dysfunctions with a specialized interest in… read more
Phone: 832-822-3670


Dr. Patricia Baxter's area of interest and expertise is in pediatric neuro-oncology, developmental therapeutics and palliative care. She completed her pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship training at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2009. Dr. Baxter has extensive experience in the areas of… read more
Phone: 832-824-4681
Dr. Susan Blaney is the David G. Poplack, M.D. Chair of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Texas Children's Hospital, the Elise C. Young Chair of Pediatric Oncology at Baylor College of Medicine, Director of Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Center and Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/… read more
Phone: 832-822-1482
Dr. Murali Chintagumpala is Clinical Director of the Brain Tumor Program 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 Hematology Center. His specific… read more
Phone: 832-822-4266
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
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
Phone: 832-822-4242
Dr. Holly Lindsay’s clinical interests lie in the treatment of children with brain tumors, specifically in the treatment of embryonal brain tumors occurring in infants and toddlers such as atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor and embryonal tumor with multilayer rosettes. She has received specialized… read more
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 Epidemiology… read more
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 Board… read more
Phone: 832-822-4218
His clinical interest is in neuro-oncology.
Phone: 832-822-4306


Dr. Malbari completed her undergraduate and medical education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College, through the accelerated Physician-Scientist Program, where she received a distinction in research.  She completed her Pediatric and Child Neurology residency training at… read more
Phone: 832-822-1750 (Neurology) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)


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.
Phone: 832-824-2250


Dr. Kahalley serves as the Associate Chief of Research for the Psychology Division in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and as the Director of Neurobehavioral Oncology in the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center. She leads an NIH-funded multi-disciplinary research… read more
Phone: 832-822-3700


Clinical & Research Interests: Dr. Curry’s clinical interests include minimally invasive treatment in epilepsy surgery, treatment of pediatric movement disorders and chronic pain.  His research interests include study of the mechanisms of dystonia and non-invasive detection of epilepsy… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950 (Neurosurgery) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)
Clinical & Research Interests: Dr. Aldave’s clinical interests include maximizing the safe treatment of pediatric brain tumors and how to improve patients’ clinical outcomes and quality of life.  His research interests include the use of oncolytic virus in the treatment of high grade pediatric… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950
Born and raised in Canada, Dr. Michael Taylor attended The University of Western Ontario and earned his medical degree in 1994. His education and training continued at the University of Toronto, where he earned his PhD in Molecular Genetics in 2002, and his residency training in Neurosurgery in… read more
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
Phone: 832-822-3950 (Neurosurgery) | 832-822-0959 (Epilepsy Center)
Dr. Whitehead’s primary clinical interests relate to the treatment of hydrocephalus, complex shunt problems, spina bifida and other congenital malformations of the nervous system, brain and spine tumors, vascular malformations, and skull base diseases.   Dr. Whitehead’s research focuses on… read more
Phone: 832-822-3950


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
Phone: 832-824-7237
Dr. Desai is the Division Chief of Neuroradiology, Vice-Chief of Quality and Safety at Texas Children's Hospital. He is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology with Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology. He completed fellowships in both Neuroradiology and Pediatric… read more
Phone: 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
Phone: 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
Phone: 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
Phone: 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
Phone: 832-824-7237

Physical Therapy

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.
Phone: 713-792-5933

Patient Care Coordinator

Data Coordinators