In a small basement laboratory in 1958, Hematology-Oncology at Texas Children's Hospital was established under the leadership of Dr. Donald J. Fernbach. Dr. Fernbach was one of the first physicians to demonstrate the value of cytoxan in the treatment of acute leukemia. Today, Texas Children's Cancer Center® is one of the largest and best in the nation. We provide treatment for the most common cancers to the very rare, with diagnosis-specific multidisciplinary plans for each patient. We also conduct over 200 clinical trials, more than any other pediatric center in the nation.
Texas Children's Cancer Center is ranked second in the country by U.S. News & World Report
Texas Children’s quest to eradicate childhood cancer started with one doctor in one basement laboratory in the late 1950s, when the survival rate for childhood cancer was less than 10 percent. Over an impressive and passionate 40-year career, Dr. Fernbach was a world-class pioneer in the field of pediatric hematology and cancer.
Dr. Fernbach officially joins Texas Children’s as the first pediatric hematologist/oncologist on staff and one of the first pediatric cancer specialists in the country.
Dr. Fernbach and his team conduct a major study on cyclophosphamide – an anti-cancer agent designed to maintain complete remission in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Ronald McDonald House opens at Texas Children’s Hospital as a result of Dr. Fernbach’s encouragement and activism.
The 1st edition of Principles and Practices of Pediatric Oncology, written by Drs. David Poplack and Philip Pizzo, is published. Literally “writing the book” on childhood cancer, Dr. Poplack would go on to be Director of the Cancer Center.
Dr. Fernbach retires and hands over the division reigns to Dr. Poplack.
Since 1993, Dr. David Poplack has led Texas Children’s Cancer Center with determination and a powerful vision. “First and foremost, one must provide superb clinical care. In dealing with these devastating diseases we treat, it is critical to provide comprehensive family-centered care that is focused on making certain the patients and their families are supported throughout their illness. We have social workers, child life specialists, psychologists and a broad array of patient and family-oriented services to achieve that goal,” Dr. Poplack stated early in his tenure at Texas Children’s.
Over the years, Dr. Poplack and a fast-growing team of physicians, nurse practitioners, researchers and staff members have cultivated the largest pediatric cancer and hematology center in the U.S. and a global program dedicated to providing better treatment for childhood cancer all over the world.
Texas Children’s Cancer Center launches its Long Term Survivor Program
State-of-the-art clinic opens on the 10th floor of the Feigin Center
Center for Cell and Gene Therapy is initiated
New clinic space in Texas Children’s Clinical Care Tower and West Tower open; The Vannie Cook Jr Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic in McAllen, Texas opens
Purple Songs Can Fly program launches, providing a musical outlet for patients
Passport for Care® application launches, providing web-based follow-up guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer
Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus opens, offering cancer and hematology care in the
New cancer clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands will open to serve patients in North Houston
Learn more about our efforts right here at home and across the world: Texas Children’s Cancer Center By the Numbers
Texas Children’s Cancer Center, world renowned for its work in pediatric cancer care and hematologic disorders, offers innovative therapies for all forms of childhood cancer and blood disorders. This video gives you an inside look at the patients and doctors that make the Cancer Center the finest pediatric cancer program in the world.