BMC Offers Advanced, Exceptional Care for Children with Blood Disorders
Boston Medical Center’s Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Program—part of BMC’s innovative Department of Pediatrics—offers state-of-the-art evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for hematological disorders, as well as evaluation and diagnosis for oncologic disorders, for children from birth to age 22.
Young patients receive exceptional, compassionate care from an expert team of physicians, nurses and educators. The program is led by Philippa Sprinz, MD, MSc, division director, who is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology and oncology. Dr. Sprinz’s colleague, Amy Sobota, MD, MPH, is board-certified in pediatrics and is fellowship-trained in pediatric hematology and oncology. The extended care team includes a nurse clinical coordinator, a social worker and a clinical child life specialist, who are key resources for patients and families.
Expert care. The team focuses on children with inherited blood disorders, but it also provides evaluation and ongoing care for children and adolescents with a wide range of blood disorders affecting white blood cells, platelets and the bone marrow. Some of the diseases and disorders frequently seen include sickle cell disease, thalassemia, nutrition-related anemias, coagulation defects, platelet disorders, white cell disorders, histiocytic diseases and autoimmune diseases affecting the blood.
Patient-focused approach. The program offers an array services for patients and families coping with blood disorders, including chronic disease management, which provides comprehensive education to help families manage their child’s disease and prevent complications. Pain management is a priority, and non-emergency medical help is available to patients and families 24 hours a day by calling 617.414.4841. Telephone consultations with referring physicians are also available.
Innovative technology and treatment options. A full range of tests, diagnostic procedures and treatments, including blood transfusions, exchange transfusions, clotting disorder testing and sickle cell pulmonary evaluations, are provided through BMC’s multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art “pain-free” testing unit.
Multidisciplinary collaboration. Young women ages of 10 and 21 who have blood and clotting disorders can find answers and solutions through the Adolescent Center’s Menstrual Disorders Clinic. The only one of its kind in Massachusetts, the clinic offers the combined expertise of adolescent medicine specialists and pediatric hematologists to diagnose and treat a variety of menstrual disorders. Older teens who have sickle cell disease can participate in the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Program’s Transition Clinic, which brings together pediatric hematologists, social workers, nurses and other service providers to prepare older patients to manage their health and health care services effectively.
The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Program is part of the Pediatric Specialty Group at BMC, providing high-quality, comprehensive and compassionate care to children, adolescents and young adults, including: Asthma/Allergy, Cardiology, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Growth & Nutrition, Infectious Diseases, Menstrual Disorders, Sleep Disorders and Neurology, Travel & International Health.
Contact BMC Connect at 877.781.4763 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.
Learn more about BMC’s Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Department, where infants, children, adolescents and young adults with blood disorders receive comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment and care.
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