Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD and Anu Agrawal, MD: Improving Outcomes for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders in Vietnam

Relationship building and collaboration is key to international project success.  Through collaborative efforts with multiple international partners and local Vietnamese support, Drs. Hermiston and Agrawal are focused on improving survival outcomes and quality of life for children with cancer and blood disorders in Vietnam. They are initiating a 2-year master’s training program for pediatricians to specialize in hematology/oncology and receive chemotherapeutic certification based on international training models. They will establish a nation-wide cancer database and train data managers to monitor incidence and outcomes, and are working towards nationalized protocol development to allow for uniform treatment and supportive care based on local resources to balance potential for cure and toxicity. 

Dr. Hermiston is an Associate  Professor of pediatric hematology and oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. She earned a medical degree and doctorate in developmental biology at Washington University School of Medicine and the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. She completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology and a residency at UCSF before joining the faculty in 2002. She also participated in a medical scientist training program at Washington University and at the UCSF Molecular Medicine Research Fellowship Program. 

Dr Agrawal is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and then pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland where he also completed his fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology. He spent over two years working in Lesotho and Botswana, first as part of Baylor's initiative treating children with HIV and subsequently treating blood disorders and cancer.  In Botswana he served as medical director of pediatric hematology/oncology as part of Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer and Hematology Centers. Based in Oakland since 2014, Dr Agrawal remains committed to addressing health inequities in low- and middle-income countries.

Join the 5th Annual Pediatrics in Global Health Lecture Series in welcoming speakers in August and September. Please note that times may change as Fall schedules are finalized. Check back for updated times.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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550 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158


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