Cardio-Oncology

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Children and adolescents undergoing cancer treatment – and even those in remission – are susceptible to premature cardiovascular disease. Le Bonheur pediatric cardiologists are specially trained to care for children with chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy, and/or heart failure.

Cardiooncology

Our cardiologists provide heart care to inpatients and clinic patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and to children who are in remission but still suffer long-term effects of chemotherapy.

Children with cancer now have a more than 85% five-year survival rate, but a growing number of survivors suffer from premature cardiovascular disease. Our cardiologists are on the forefront of caring for cancer patients and publishing new research on cancer-related therapies, including cardiovascular illness.

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Patients have access to:

  • A world-class team of cardiologists, trained to care for children with heart failure – particularly chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy
  • Access to cutting-edge imaging, including cardiac MRI, advanced echocardiography – and an expert team of cardiologists to interpret the studies.
  • A world-class team of oncologists and specialists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Meet Our Cardio-Oncology Team

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Dr. Towbin co-leads Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute and also serves as chief of Pediatric Cardiology for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Towbin specializes in diagnostic and therapeutic advances for cardiomyopathies (heart muscle disease), heart failure, heart transplantation and cardiovascular genetics. His research work and clinical expertise in pediatric heart failure is internationally known, and he is widely thought of as a leader in pediatric cardiology.

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Dr. Goldberg is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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Dr. Ryan received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She was a PGY-6 Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center/Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

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Dr. Martinez is an Assistant Professor at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a cardiology sub-specialty. His areas of focus include Pediatric Transplant Cardiology, Cardiomyopathies, Cardio-Genetics and Cardio-Oncology.

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Dr. Beasley is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is an assistant professor with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

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Dr. Absi is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with a cardiology subspecialty and is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is certified in advanced cardiac life support.

Clinic Coordinator

Jeri Thomas, RN 

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