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The Oncology Team

Your Child’s Oncology Team at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center

  • Jason Shohet

    Jason Shohet, MD

    Dr. Jason Shohet is a pediatric cancer specialist who runs a research program focused on developing novel therapies for pediatric cancers. He obtained his medical degree from Boston University and completed his pediatric residency at Texas Children’s Hospital, in Houston Texas. Dr. Shohet also completed his Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship training in Texas at both Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. He came to Worcester in 2018 after 19 years on faculty at Texas Children’s Hospital where he was chairman of the Neuroblastoma Research program, and participated in many Children’s Oncology Group clinical trials as well as institutional pilot and early phase clinical trials testing novel treatment options.

    Dr. Shohet is currently Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology at UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center and a member of the Cancer Biology, the MD, PhD program, and the Molecular Cell and Cancer Biology department (MCCB).

    Dr. Shohet is runs a research program focused on understanding the development and treatment of metastatic neuroblastoma. As a nationally recognized expert in neuroblastoma biology and therapy, Dr. Shohet has received many awards and foundation support for his research including funding from Alex’s Lemonade Stand, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the Children’s Neuroblastoma Research Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

  • Peter E. Newburger

    Peter E. Newburger, MD

    Dr. Peter Newburger is a specialist in the care of children with cancer and blood diseases. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and trained in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He formerly served as the Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center for over thirty years. He is currently the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Ali and John Pierce Chair in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Professor of Pediatrics and Cancer Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    Dr. Newburger founded the first pediatric hematology/oncology division at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1981, and since then have directed state-of-the-art evidence-based care of virtually all Central Massachusetts children with cancer and blood diseases.

    As a very experienced basic and clinical research investigator, he currently runs a research program supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense. His publications include more than 135 peer- reviewed research articles and 65 reviews and invited articles. He has served on the American Board of Pediatrics’ Sub-Board of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, scientific and administrative committees of national medical societies, and editorial boards of multiple hematology and oncology journals. He was instrumental in founding the leading journal of the field, Pediatric Blood and Cancer and has been editor-in-chief of the journal since 2015.

  • Neil Grossman

    Neil Grossman, MD

    Dr. Neil Grossman is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist who joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts in 2008. He completed his medical school education at the Boston University School of Medicine in 1976.

    Dr. Grossman’s training in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology took place at the University of Maryland in the Department of Pediatrics in Baltimore, Maryland from 1976 through 1982. During this time his interests in clinical care, clinical research and teaching was encouraged by his mentors and grew. Over time his interests expanded to include case management, managed care, and medical administration. Dr. Grossman’s hematology interests have centered on the diagnosis and treatment of sickle cell disease and other hemolytic anemias as well as coagulopathies.

    Throughout his career, he has been strongly committed to the participation in both oncology and hematology multicenter clinical studies for the rapid advancement of medical knowledge concerning improvement in illness outcomes. Dr. Grossman continues to be committed to providing cutting edge therapies to our Pediatric and Young Adult patients of central Massachusetts.

  • Stefanie Lowas

    Stefanie Lowas, MD

    Dr. Stefanie Lowas is board certified in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and General Pediatrics. She joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2019. Dr. Lowas received her medical degree in 2002 from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. She completed her General Pediatric residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY and her Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. After completing training, Dr. Lowas was appointed to the faculty of the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, in Nashville, TN. She then moved to Omaha, NE in 2011, practicing pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center of Omaha.

    Dr. Lowas is committed to providing excellent clinical care to children with a variety of oncologic and hematologic disorders, bringing with her experience from pediatric hematology/oncology programs around the country.  She serves as the UMass Memorial Principal Investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group, so that the latest treatment protocols available nationwide are also available to children in central Massachusetts. Since arriving at UMass, Dr. Lowas has been working to improve the practical application of our electronic medical record system, drawing on experience with similar systems at other hospitals. Over the years, Dr. Lowas has dedicated time to studying and preventing infections in children receiving chemotherapy. Dr. Lowas’ other focus is education, providing formal and informal teaching to medical learners of all levels.

  • Naheed G. Usmani

    Naheed G. Usmani, MD

    Professor of Pediatrics

    Education:
    King Edward Medical College
    Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center, Pediatric Residency
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship
    New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship

    Research Interests:
    Palliative care, pediatric hematology and oncology, survivorship, pediatric oncology in developing countries