Riley Hospital's New Cancer Care Leader
Gifts from donors are helping support a new era of growth in cancer care and research at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Jamie Renbarger, M.D., a Riley physician who is also an internationally renowned researcher in pediatric personalized medicine, has been named the new Section Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Riley Hospital. Gifts from Riley Children’s Foundation are being used to support Dr. Renbarger’s position and new physicians she is recruiting, as well as research being conducted at the Riley Pediatric Precision Genomics program, which Dr. Renbarger leads.
The focus of her work is to improve outcomes for children with aggressive cancers by using genetic sequencing information to tailor more precise treatments. “Dr. Renbarger has ambitious plans to strengthen the academic foundation in pediatric hematology/oncology, and capitalize on this as the basis for providing high quality patient care as well as grow an outstanding program with a strong reputation for clinical excellence rich in research discovery,” says Wade Clapp, M.D., the Indiana University School of Medicine Chairman of Pediatrics.
In 2011, Dr. Renbarger received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals.
“Riley has come a long way over the last 20-30 years from a comprehensive children’s hospital that provided excellent clinical care, to today not only that but an amazing research infrastructure,” says Dr. Renbarger. “It’s a very unique position. There are a very small number of children’s hospitals that are in that kind of position, that are really truly moving forward the science aimed at optimizing care of all children.”